February 2015 Newsletter

by on 29 Jan 2015

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 to believe that up until residing there she had not been a gardener. From there we visited the studio of artist Jackie Pearson. Her work ranges from landscapes, portraits and everything of interest in-between. Next was our patroness, Cora Hazlett’s large peaceful garden with a Japanese water feature and lovely roses. Fifteen members attended lunch at the Days Bay Pavillion enjoying the end of a delightful social day.

This past weekend the Waikanae Garden Tour was on. Both Fridays (16th & 23rd Jan) saw many Sogetsu members and other helpers put in several hours assembling Ikebana style sculptures. There was a bamboo raft hosting muelnbeckia, agapanthus, statice, and lilies floating on the pond. The McLeod’s garden suited these additions and it added a different dimension to a truly lovely rural garden.

Next Thursday, February 5th is our first meeting of the year and will be a workshop taken by one of our senior Sogetsu teachers, Satomi Takahashi. We are trying a new venue; the All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai. If you are coming from the city the front of the church is on Moxham Ave. so continue left a short way and left again on to Hamilton Rd. There is some off street parking with easy access into the hall. The workshop is based around a Waitangi Day (6th) theme using western flowers and native plants and flowers in the way of greenery. Bring along your choice of nageiri or moribana containers. Please arrive around 9:45 to set up and then we will have tea and coffee at 10am. I’m sure this workshop will be special.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone there.

Yours in friendship through flowers,
Barbara Fowler


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