August 2014 Newsletter

by on 31 Jul 2014

Dear Ikebana Members,

Helen Guthrie from the Kapiti Camellia Society was our speaker last month and we learned of her great experience as a garden designer and love of roses and camellias. Though she has downsized considerably she still is creating a garden.

I have just returned from 9 days in the sunny warmth of north Queensland and the last few days here in Wellington have seemed quite cold to me. My first days home were sunny and bright so I thought winter had passed while I was away, but now I know otherwise. Hope everyone is keeping warm.

The coming meeting on August 7th will be held at Elizabeth McMillan’s home, 64 Ludlam St. Seatoun at 10:30. We will be making plans for our involvement in Japan Day at the TSB Centre on Queens Wharf on Saturday, August 23rd. Two years ago this event took place at the Wellington Town Hall where it was a fun, full-on day for any group or person at all remotely involved with Japan. Activities like music, dance, fashion show, calligraphy, etc. were happening on stage the whole day. So this year at a new larger venue we are sure to expect the same. The food stalls were numerous and crowd numbers as well. As with our input two years ago, we have joined with The Japan Society presenting Ikebana arrangements following a theme from enlarged photographs taken in Japan. The public were able to vote on the arrangement they liked the best and it was one of the most popular activities. We would like as many of our members as possible to be there on the day giving a hand in talking to the public and enthusing about Ikebana. Our teachers and some students will be setting up their arrangements so if you are able to give an hour of your time it will be greatly appreciated. It is really a fun day and I am sure you will enjoy yourselves. For those members that live out of the Wellington area we do encourage you to come too. Please phone Elizabeth or me so we can complete a roster of times you have available.

Also on the 7th we will be selling some of Nanette’s containers and kenzans donated by her sons to the chapter. Some of these are very large and unique. Morning tea/coffee will be supplied so this is a great opportunity to get to know another member you have not talked with before. I hope to see you there.

Yours in friendship through flowers,
Barbara Fowler


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