April 2015 Newsletter

by on 31 Mar 2015

Dear Ikebana Members,

Our March meeting was held at Otari Native Plant garden. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that attended as Bev and Jane from the Otari Bush Trust were our tour guides and their knowledge of plants and history of the gardens was extensive. We were even allowed a quick walk through the propagation area for special unusual plants. We now know that many of our native trees are in the cypress family and those around the information centre will be huge in a few hundred years. We all would be happy to attend another talk next year as there is a lot of the gardens we did not venture into.

April’s meeting is on the 2nd and will be held at JICC but not in the cultural centre theatre which we usually use. They had another booking so found us a place on Level 28. Please come with your coffee for a 10:30 start to hear our past president, Valerie Ting, give a talk and demonstration on Kumihimo, which is Japanese braiding.

In the lead up to our May meeting we will be asking for nominations for new committee members and those of the executive. This is also a reminder of our AGM on May 14th – NOT THE FIRST THURSDAY. The AGM will be after the supplied lunch on the day Christopher James, a Sogetsu teacher from Melbourne, will take us for a workshop in the morning. There will be more details sent out for this event later in April.

Our newest Sogetsu teacher and II member, Kathy Kerry, who lives in Northland will be giving classes on Thursday afternoons at her home. Kathy’s contact phone number is: 021 024 85231. If you know of anyone wanting to learn Ikebana please pass on this information.

Well, Autumn is here and we will soon be setting our clocks back. This is a time of garden maintenance but don’t overdo it so you don’t have time left to enjoy your efforts.

Yours in friendship through flowers
Barbara Fowler (President)