December 2012 Newsletter

by on 31 Jan 2013

Dear Ikebana Members,

It’s nearly the end of the year and time for a break from hobby activities over summer. I wish all our members and their families a happy holiday season and good weather for the Christmas break.

6 DECEMBER MEETING – END OF YEAR MORNING TEA
16 TREASURE GROVE, HATAITAI

Our final meeting for 2012 will be a “Friendship Through Flowers morning tea” to be held at Nanette Kwok’s home on Thursday 6 December. The Chapter will provide some yummy seasonal goodies to eat and members are invited to bring along a treasure or a special ikebana memory to tell us about. This event will start at our usual time of 10.30am.
Listening to Joy in her garden

1 NOVEMBER MEETING – GARDEN VISIT FIELD TRIP
14A SUNNY GLEN, WAIKANAE

On the 1st November 12 members visited Joy Darke’s garden in Waikanae for our annual field trip. Joy was NZ gardener of the year 2010 and is a highly knowledgeable gardener. She has planted her garden with a strict colour palette and we were able to follow her co-ordinated planting scheme through. The lush growth was evidence of Joy’s plant care skills; she is particularly keen about mulching to conserve water.

After the garden visit members enjoyed lunch at the Waikanae Beach Waimea Road Cafe.

PROGRAMME FOR 2013

Your committee met recently to discuss the programme for the 2013 calendar year and have lots of ideas for future meetings. Our first meeting for 2013 will be held on Thursday 7 February at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre and will be a workshop using the black and white plastic containers from Mr Kasuya’s visit. Members will be able to buy these containers if they wish. We are planning a Valentine’s Day theme, so consider using red flowers.

MEMBERS ACTIVITIES

Sogetsu Teachers Association have been busy over the last month with several ikebana exhibitions, as well as participating in our Chapter’s exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts. On 10 November several members exhibited at the Martinborough Rose Show; our Exhibition Chair Sandi Hurnard is offering classes in Martinborough next year so do contact her if you know someone who may be interested to learn.

On 17 November, Lynn Leslie visited from Christchurch and lead workshops for local Sogetsu members. These were held at the Khandallah Kindergarten and arrangements were exhibited at the kindergarten’s fund-raising garden tour on Sunday 18 November. Participants enjoyed working on group arrangements using children’s toys.

24 and 25 November was the weekend of another garden tour, this time in the Miramar/ Seatoun area. Member Elizabeth MacMillan’s garden was on display and her pupils exhibited ikebana in her studio and garden. Fortunately Wellington’s weather was kind for these outdoor events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

On 5 December, Nanette Kwok and Elizabeth MacMillan have been invited to do an ikebana arrangement at the Embassy of Japan’s party to celebrate the birthday and his Majesty the Emperor.

Looking forward to 2013, the annual Festival of Pots and Garden Art will be held at Trinity Farm, from Sat 12 Jan – Sun 20 Jan 2013, 10 till 4 each day. Trinity Farm is at 202 Waitohu Valley Road, Otaki. It is signposted off SH1 as Trinity Farm Rose Garden, north Otaki just before 100km sign and is 2km down Waitohu Valley Road.

Do contact Helen Wareham or Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss if you have any news you would like to go in the next newsletter.

Yours in friendship through flowers,

Helen Wareham (President)

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