Newsletters

August 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, It was lovely to welcome new members (Judy Bale, Po-lin Lamb and Julie Woolf) to our last workshop. Already, Julie has become a very valued member of our Board as our Treasurer. The onset of the new financial year is extremely busy. Judy has already participated in our Exhibition and Po-lin joined in with great enthusiasm in our monthly meeting. Yoko and Maria provided a lovely homemade morning tea. Many thanks to them both. We ran the first raffle for some considerable time and the cyclamen in a pot was won by Liz McMillan. If you have items suitable for raffling which...

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July 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Our meeting was a little different this time but I know that the 15 members who attended really enjoyed the morning. Thanks to help from Tamae McPhee who ran the overhead projection, we viewed wonderful photos from the 8th European Regional Conference of Ikebana International held in Potsdam (near Berlin) in August last year. My talented ex-pupil Cornelia Wanninger, had kindly arranged for the DVD of the Grand Demonstration by Akane Teshigahara (Iemoto of Sogetsu) and also 3 CDs of photos of the Iemoto Workhops, Conference Events and the Ikebana Exhibition. There was...

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June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Our AGM meeting was held at All Saints Church Hall, Hamilton Road, Haitaitai, following Christopher James’ workshop and lunch. Participants had a choice of creating arrangements using berries, nuts or fruits or one incorporating succulents. Many of you commented on how you appreciated the gentle and constructive feedback Christopher gave. We all learnt lots. Barbara led the AGM and Election. Sadly she decided it was time to stand down from the Committee as did Helen (our Treasurer) and Judy Grocott, another committee member. Fortunately, Yoko Shafi and Maria Cullen...

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April 2015 Newsletter

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...

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March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Another month and although we still are having hot days there is also a bit of autumn in the air here in Wellington. I hope our members outside of the Wellington area have enjoyed their summer too. We have had some rain recently but much more is needed to revive the very dry grass everywhere you look. Last month’s workshop at the new venue in Hataitai was so spacious and good for photos. It is a place we will certainly use again. Satomi had a wonderful way with native puka, flax and kawakawa not to mention kumara and sunflowers. Do look into our website at...

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February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Here it is the last week of January and the year has started with a rush. Happy 2015 to you all. Wellington’s weather has been unbelievable for most of this month with hot temperatures we barely see from one year to the next. With wind almost non-existent for all of last week we feel as if we have been somewhere else. I hope all of you members residing elsewhere have had lovely days and cool evenings too. Our December meeting was most enjoyable. Georgina’s small garden in Eastbourne was thoroughly packed with interesting plants bursting with colour. One found it hard...

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December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Our November meeting never happened. The morning rain was very heavy and the night before had been terribly stormy. We contacted the local members that might have gone so no one made the trip to Eastbourne unnecessarily. Georgina Connolly was very grateful. Thank you to the phoners who covered everyone very quickly. Now we again have the opportunity to go and see Georgina’s garden on Thursday December 4th at 10:30 – 7/238 Muritai Road, Eastbourne. Our patroness, Cora Hazlett, also lives in Muritai Road and has invited us to have a look at her garden afterwards. Cora...

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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Our October meeting taken by Sandi Hurnard was most enjoyable. After showing us some arrangements based on classic Ikebana rules we all then had a go with our own containers. It is always nice to have meetings at the Japanese Cultural Centre as we are warmly welcomed. Spring has had the usual mix of weather in Wellington. Along with the wind, sometime gale force, we have had enough rain and some warm to hot days to encourage a great deal of growth. The blossom trees have been gorgeous but the gorse on the hillside show they are enjoying it too. Thanks to Elizabeth...

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October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, Our September meeting was moved from the first Thursday of the month to incorporate viewing the 2 Ikebana arrangements at the Academy of Fine Arts. The ‘Flora, Fauna & Floribunda’ exhibition, mainly paintings, opened on Saturday the 6th and our Wellington Sogetsu teachers agreed to keep 2 arrangements going the whole 3 ½ weeks. A large arrangement of driftwood, greenery and pink and white lilies stands on a white plinth in front of a gray wall. It looks gorgeous, very serene and beautiful. This arrangement has only had its flowers changed as necessary. The other...

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September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Ikebana Members, I wish you all could have been at the Japan Day festival at the TSB Arena last Saturday the 23rd. It was such a fun day with entertainment from 1 o’clock until 6pm. Some food stalls ran out of food and the crowds were a bit of a crush at times. Having the tea ceremony, mochi pounding, Kyudo, kid’s Sumo and origami upstairs was good as there were plenty of organisations downstairs either selling or giving things away. But the 12 Ikebana arrangements created to co-ordinate with the photos produced by the Japan Society were best of all. So many people filled in the...

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