March 2015 Newsletter

by on 28 Feb 2015

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 http:/www.ikebanawellington.org.nz/ikebana-through-the-lens/ and see the latest photos.

Our upcoming meeting on March 5th is a tour of two specific areas of the Otari Native Plant Garden. Bev Abbott of the Otari Bush Trust will be our tour guide extending our knowledge of native flora. This will be a flat easy walk and should it rain we can go inside Otari’s Information Centre. The centre is just down the path from the main car park on Wilton Rd. and where we would like our members to meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start. The tour should finish between 11:30 and 12. Please bring along $3.00 in coins as there is a charge for the tour.

The April meeting will be held at JICC and Valerie Ting will demonstrate the Japanese craft of Kumihimo – braiding.

In May we will combine two events: A workshop and the AGM. Christopher James, a Sogetsu teacher from Melbourne, will take us through a workshop (yet to be decided) at All Saints church hall. We will follow this up with our AGM. We need nominations for president, first vice president, and possibly secretary. We can always use more enthusiastic members on the committee so don’t wait to be asked. This May meeting will be on the second Thursday in the month (14th) to coincide with Christopher’s visit. Perhaps some of our out of town members would like to come to Wellington and join us for these two events. This is an advanced notice of this particular workshop.
We hope you all will enjoy what is left of the summer.

Yours in friendship through flowers,
Barbara Fowler
President