Ikebana Harrisburg


Photos from our Meetings

Donna Eroh-Rothstein presented a workshop on the shoka shimputai style of ikenobo at our November meeting.  In this style of ikebana, 2 or 3 different materials are used to express the simple beauty of nature.


Autumn Moon was the theme of our October workshop. Alice Hartman, Mary Jean Holmes and Bonnie Rhodes, who make up our chapter’s Program Committee, planned and led the workshop.

On September 13, 2017, Chapter 18 members and their guests gathered together for our annual Founder’s Day Tea and Celebration.


The May 2017 meeting of Ikebana International Harrisburg, held at The Fort Hunter Barn, included the installation of officers and preparation for the club’s exhibition.

The chapter’s Annual Ikebana Exhibition was held May 6th-7th, 2017 in the Centennial Barn at Ft. Hunter Park.  Three schools of ikebana were represented at the exhibition: Sogetsu, Ikenobo and Ichiyo.

The April meeting of Chapter #18 was held on the campus of Dickinson College. Don Ward, who shapes and finishes wood using the logs and roots of local trees, presented the program.

Table decorations for the luncheon were created by Ellen Kelley. Following the luncheon, Ellen guided us on a walk through the college’s Japanese Garden and Learning Space.

Leaf Manipulation was the theme of our February 2017 program.  Taking inspiration from the book Leaf Manipulation by Gail Emmons, Mary Jean Holmes and Jane Gentzel Introduced various techniques for leaf manipulation.  Members of Chapter 18 then chose from a variety of leaves and flowers to create the inspired arrangements shown below.

Ikenobo instructor, Reiko Royston led a Free Style workshop for our November meeting.  We worked with glass containers and thin plastic cutting boards in a variety of colors. We used scissors to shape the cutting boards to fit inside our glass containers.  Awls and an electric drill were then used to bore holes in the plastic to hold our materials.  Below are photos of the teacher and the students’ work:


Janet Knowlton, an instructor in the Ichiyo School of ikebana, traveled from Ann Arbor, Michigan to present a workshop for our October chapter meeting.

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Here are some photos of the beautiful arrangements done by members in the Ikebana International Harrisburg club in October:

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These photos were taken at Ikebana International Harrisburg’s Founder’s Day Tea and Celebration, held in September 2016:

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These photos show the arrangements made by club members at Ikebana Harrisburg’s 2016 Annual Exhibition:

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Kay Cramer made the following demonstration arrangements at Ikebana Harrisburg’s April meeting:

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Ikebana International Harrisburg members created these arrangements after Kay’s presentation.  They are the Ichiyo flat form:

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In February, 2016, an arrangement was made in honor of Geri Male, an esteemed Ikebana Harrisburg member:

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Diana Cull, of the Sogetsu School, presented a Baskets and Bottles Workshop in March to Ikebana Harrisburg.  Here are some photos from the demonstration:

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Bonnie Rhodes presented a demonstration of holiday arrangements for the Harrisburg Ikebana chapter meeting in  December 2015.  Bonnie is a member of the chapter and has an extensive background in floral arranging.  Her arrangements featured unique containers and materials that made for festive results.   A holiday luncheon at a local Japanese restaurant followed.  Here are some photos from the demonstration:

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Hypericum arranged simply on its own…  Bonnie R 7

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Bonnie answered our questions at the end of the demonstration:

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A Morimono demonstration and workshop were presented by teacher Sheila Advani, of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, at the Harrisburg chapter’s November 2015 meeting.  Morimono is an Ikebana style where fruit or vegetables are the main component of the arrangement.  Flowers are added as a secondary element, but form, space, lines and color are of primary importance.

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The following photos show arrangements demonstrated by the teacher:

Nov 15 3The branch of a Japanese Azalea with thread-like leaves and Thai Eggplants were used for this arrangement

Nov 15 4Placed on a round mirror, a small pottery vase held a branch with a single azalea bloom and several Japanese Anemone flowers (shown above). Two Prickly Pears were placed near the vase.  Opposite the vase were Dragon Fruit, Castor Bean pods and a long narrow green pepper.
more 3 This elegant arrangement, on a black glass tray, (shown left) features Purple Yams cut to show their color, Brussel Sprouts with their outer leaves opened out, an orange pepper cut open, inserted with wheat.
more 4 An ornamental cabbage (pictured left) was trimmed to look like a flower and placed in a kenzan, along with the pink Stock, Leeks, and Long Purple Eggplants.  A King Mushroom completes the Morimono arrangement.
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more 7 In the arrangement left, a cup kenzan holds Asparagus Fern, Rose Hips, and Calla Lilies.  Two Bok Choy (one open, one closed), oranges with leaves attached, cut lemons and Persimmon complete thee Morimono.
The following Morimono arrangements were made by chapter members during the workshop:
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At the October 2015 meeting of the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International, club members worked on creating Origami ornaments for a Christmas tree that will be auctioned off to benefit the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center.  The drawing will be held at the 20th Annual Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Fort Hunter Tavern.

Here, Betty Lewis, our rep with the Civic Garden Center, goes over plans for the Center’s 2015 Festival of Trees:

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This year the club decided to make Origami frogs.  Alice Hartman, Workshops/Programs Chair, explains our project for the day:

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One of our new members rose to the challenge of leading us in the origami workshop:

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One of the best parts of ikebana is getting to know and interact with fellow members – as evident during this workshop:

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Here are some of the finished Origami frogs:

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President MaryRose Noto-Hardy welcomed new and old members of the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International to the first meeting of the season, in September 2015.  Guests were invited, and some joined the club, so the Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International is now up to forty members.  At this meeting, members and guests learned about three different schools of ikebana – Ichiyo, Ikenobo and Sogetsu – and saw examples of each school.  Five club members demonstrated the various schools.  Here are photos of the demonstrated arrangements:

Sept 15 Ichiyo 1 Sept 15 Ichiyo 2 These arrangements were made by Kay Cramer, an Ichiyo teacher.

Sept 15 Sogetsu 1 This Sogetsu arrangement is by MaryRose Noto-Hardy.

Sept 15 Sogetsu 2 Jane Smigel created this Sogetsu arrangement.

Sept 15 Ikenobo 1 Sept 15 Ikenobo 2 The traditional Ikenobo Shoka arrangement (on the left) is by Jane Gentzel, and an Ikenobo Free Style arrangement (on the right) is by Frankie Glass.

A tea followed the program:

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There was time for visiting with friends and shopping at the Ginza:

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President MaryRose Noto-Hardy with her friend and newest member of our chapter, Christie Kauffman:

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At the annual luncheon and tea, Chapter 18 members and their guests were treated to a beautiful demonstration by Midori Tanimune, Sensei of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.  Not only did she demonstrate beautiful and varied arrangements, she graced her presentation with humor and with touching philosophical viewpoints about kindness.  She also emphasized talking to flowers and preparing oneself for about one half hour before beginning to arrange them.  Here is a sample of her demonstration:

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Midori begins her demonstration by adding materials:

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The completed arrangement:

The completed traditional arrangement

Midori starts with an all white container and flowers

Midori starts with an all white container and flowersThen adds a splash of color

then adds a splash of color,

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with stunning results.

With stunning results

Midori and her assistant Lynn work together on a tall arrangement.

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The completed arrangement:

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The metallic sheen of this tall, graceful container draws the eye to the arrangement.

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Start with a silver dryer hose, add pink peonies

Start with a silver dryer hose, add pink peoniessilver hose

the results…a beautiful arrangement.
the results…a beautiful arrangement
A Cork Tree log set on a basket makes a naturalistic container.
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Midori dips the just-cut stem of Hydrangea into alum before adding to her arrangement.
Midori dips the just-cut stem of Hydrangea into alum before adding to her arrangement
The finished arrangement:
The finished arrangement
Working with a unique container…
Working with a unique container...
with unique and fun results:
with unique and fun results
All of the arrangements Medori demonstrated:
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Midori answering questions from the audience
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Midori and our Chapter President MaryRose.Midori and our Chapter President MaryRose

A Tea followed the demonstration.

A Tea followed the Demonstration

The table centerpiece –

The table centerpiece

Desserts surround table decorations.

Desserts surround table decorations

The Harrisburg chapter was so pleased to welcome Midori, who has studied ikebana extensively and received diplomas and teaching  certificates from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Midori has taught classes at  Longwood Gardens for the past fifteen years and regularly teaches students in her  hometown of 44 years, Wilmington, Delaware. She has given demonstrations at the  Philadelphia Flower Show, the Ikebana International Convention in Nagoya, Japan and the Sogetsu  International Convention in Denver, CO.  She is an inspirational teacher who uses innovative materials and brought to us the wisdom that comes from many years of studying ikebana.

Before the wonderful presentation by Midori Tanimune, MaryRose Noto-Hardy hosted a cocktail party at her home to welcome our lovely presenter.  Here are some photos from the party:

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In June, several of the members of Chapter 18 traveled to the Washington DC Ikebana International Chapter 1 meeting, where Naohiro Kasuya, of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana from Tokyo, Japan, demonstrated three large scale arrangements that filled a stage.  The audience was treated to a unique experience as the presenter moved across the stage gracefully, clipping and arranging large materials and flowers, as Japanese flute music and other music complimented his movements.  Here are photos of the presentation:


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Chapter 18 members who traveled from Harrisburg posed with Naohiro Kasuya:

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MaryRose Noto-Hardy, Chapter 18 president (on left) and a club member, posed with another of  Naohiro Kasuya’s arrangements, that greeted guests as they entered a Ginza (sale) that was held prior to the demonstration:

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The arrangements on each table at the Washington D.C. luncheon were each uniquely beautiful.  Here are some of them:

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One of the members bought this wood fired kiln pottery vase at the Ginza:

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Our June 3rd, 2015 meeting at Dickinson College included a “lunch and learn” program on native plants presented by Ann Dailey, Dickinson’s Gardener and a tour of the Dickinson Greenhouse.

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Table decorations were arranged by a Chapter #18 member using items she brought back from a recent trip to Japan.

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Ikebana International Harrisburg hosted an exhibit in May 2015 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The Chapter 18 exhibition presented works representing three different ikebana schools: Ichyo, Ikenobo and Sogetsu.  Here are photos of some of the members preparing their arrangements before the exhibit:

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Reiko Royster kindly drove out to help the Ikenobo students with their arrangements.

Before the opening, a proclamation by the Dauphin County Commissioners was read by Mary Jean Holmes  (See below.)

Mary Jean Holmes County Commissioners Proclamation

After the reading of the proclamation, Alice Hartman, the exhibition chair, officially cut the ribbon.

Here are the arrangements created by Chapter 18 club members for the exhibition:

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The exhibit was held in a beautiful historic room which featured white stucco walls, striking antique wooden beams and windows, all contributing to  a natural and simple ambiance.  Club members created these arrangements in the window areas:

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Some of the participating club members posed for this photo:

Ikebana International Chapter 18 Members

Visitors who visited the exhibit were treated to an assortment of teas and cookies:

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Club members welcomed the visitors.  (Some are pictured below.)

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This month, April 2015, instructor Reiko Royster taught members of Ikebana International Harrisburg Chapter 18.

The arrangements taught by the instructor are in the Shoka Shofutai style of the Ikenobo school of  Ikebana.  They are in the traditional form – using shin, soe and tai.  Shoka Shofutai expresses the growing energy of plants and flowers that have put their roots in the soil and reach upward toward the sky.  The vase in shoka symbolizes the source of life.
Here is a photo of Reiko Royster with her arrangement:
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Members at work:
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Some finished arrangements:
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Harrisburg Ikebana Chapter 18 is continuing to get ready for our special exhibit to be held in May.  In March, instructor Sheila Advani demonstrated two Sogetsu style arrangements.  Here are some photos from the March meeting:

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In February, 2015, Kay Cramer introduced club members to the Ichiyo School and helped members to prepare for the upcoming May Exhibition.  Here is a photo of the instructor:

Kay's Ikebana

This is an arrangement by the instructor:

Ichiyo Arrangement by Instructor

And another arrangement, and a close-up:

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Club members working on arrangements:

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Cutting stems on a slant for Ichiyo arrangements:

Cutting stems on a slant for Ichiyo arrangement

We used some very long stems:

We used some very long stems

Thank you, Kay, for introducing the club to the Ichiyo School and for helping us prepare for the May Exhibition:

Thank you Kay for introducing us to the Ichiyo School and helping us prepare for the May Exhibition

In December, 2014, three of our members, (Alice Hartman, Paulette Kostin and Jane Smigel) taught us to do Christmas arrangements that included  “mizuhiki” (Japanese cord) in red silver or gold.

Here are some photos of the arrangements created by our teachers and other members of Chapter 18:

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In October, 2014, Sensei Victoria Melzer, of the Washington D.C. area, demonstrated how to create a slanted Ohara School arrangement.  At the workshop, the Ohara Ikebana teacher presented three arrangements.  The first design, arranged in a crescent shaped ceramic container,  featured materials that could be purchased in a grocery store:  Ruskus, Gentain, and American Reed Grass as the filler.  Here is a photo of the arrangement:

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Victoria’s second arrangement was a more traditional representation of the Ohara School.  Itea, and Cockscomb were the main elements and Rosehips was used as a filler in the square container, hand built by the late Loris Suite.  Here is a photo of this lovely seasonal arrangement:

Teacher's arrangement

Finally, our teacher demonstrated a third design that used Solomon Seal, burgundy/rust colored Chrysanthemums and the grassy filler Miscanthus.   The flowers were arranged in wood-burning kiln fired pottery created by Windfred Chao.  Here are two views of this Ohara Ikebana arrangement:

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After the informative presentation by Victoria Milzer, Ikebana International Chapter 18 members worked on their own arrangements.  Here are photos of some of the members’ work:

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In September, 2014, Ikebana International Chapter 18 held our annual luncheon tea.  These photos were taken during that meeting:

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These photos were taken during the Chapter’s trip to the Japanese Shofuso House in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia:

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Ikebana International Harrisburg members created these Ikenobo works at a fun workshop taught by Reiko Royster in April 2014.

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Members’ arrangements from a Chapter #18 exhibit held in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies Conference in April 2013:
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