Did you know that Japanese flower arrangement, Ikebana, has its roots in Chinese flower arrangement?
Before I began preparing for a demonstration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, I didn’t either, although I have had some training in Ikebana. Apparently, when Buddhism crossed into Japan, flower arranging techniques associated with temple offerings crossed over as well.
My presentation focused on “line” which is a major feature in Asian floral design.
In very traditional arrangements, a few materials are arranged to evoke heaven, man, and earth (tallest line usually branches, middle height line – flowers or shrubs, and shortest line – usually flowers or occasionally seedpods and the like.)
This kind of simplicity works well in most rooms, and is certainly very useful in the spring where a few foraged branches and snips of shrubs and flowers can create a contemplative and beautiful design.
Even a few store bought flowers or a bouquet from your local grocers can be transformed. Try your hand at it. And bring a bit of spring into your home.