Ikebana International Dayton Chapter #33




    "Friendship through Flowers"




  • About Us


    NEW IN 2023

    Beginning classes are on the 4th Saturday of the month thru November, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 4865 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45440.

    These Saturday sessions are free for first-timers, as you are our guests. Subsequent sessions are $10 each.


    Please confirm your reservation with Lynne at lynneh1394@gmail.com,


    contact Noriko, at noriko45458@gmail.com for handouts re. the lessons.



    In January, Lynne Hamilton (President) and Noriko Banerjee (Secretary) held 2 sessions at Beavercreek Library.

    In February, Lynne was in Kettering, assisted by Teiko and Mayumi.

    In March, Lynne Hamilton was the instructor.


    See pictures below in the Guests/Newbies section.



    Our regular meetings are at 11:00 in the Kettering Learning Lab at Cox Arboretum the first Wednesday of the following months: March -July, September - November. August planning meeting and December Christmas luncheon are offsite.


    What is Ikebana?

    Ikebana is about the art of Japanese flower arranging and so much more. We celebrate nature in flower arranging, the interesting and different cultures of Japan and friendship through flowers.

    What is Ikebana International?

    The organization was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen whose dream was to create an association uniting the people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, that dream has spread to over 50 countries/areas, with 143 chapters and a membership of more than 6,300.

    What is NCAR?

    The North and Central American Region (NCAR) is the largest region of seven regions within Ikebana International, reaching from Canada to the Panama Canal. Its Regional Advocate Committee seeks to strengthen relationships with the 68 NCAR chapters – through engagement, communication and knowledge sharing – to enhance chapter and school vitality. 

    What is Ikebana IWAYA Fund?

    The Ikebana Iwaya Fund (IIF) is an IRS 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 2006 to promote and support ikebana related activity in North America. It seeks to educate the general public and foster the growth of ikebana through collaboration and financial support of organizations with this shared mandate.
    The Iwaya Fund is built with public donations, both general and specific. The Estate of Sumako Iwaya is matching these donations into the Endowment Fund. The dividend income generated by its permanent Endowment Fund is used to disburse as grants to its stakeholders (I.I. chapters, ikebana study groups, schools and teachers).



    Membership is open to all persons interested in the art of ikebana and the ideas of I.I., regardless of their previous experience.

    Please contact us, if you have any questions.

    Multiple Ikebana Schools




    Ikebana International is the only organization where you can learn about many different ikebana schools.

    Chapter Meetings




    Members get together at monthly meetings to see ikebana demonstrations, hear lectures on related topics or participate in ikebana workshops.

    Find a Teacher

    Take Lessons


    Members can obtain contact information of certified ikebana teachers that belong to the chapter, as well as information of teachers that teach virtually from another chapter.

    Ikebana International Magazine

    and Newsletters



    A premier publication, issued three times a year, richly illustrated with color plates of ikebana arrangements, articles on ikebana or related arts, and in-depth Japanese cultural subjects.

    Regional Conferences and World Conventions




    Regional Conferences are held periodically every 4 to 5 years in various regions throughout the world for the purpose of offering educational and cultural exchange opportunities to the members. The I.I. World Convention is held every five years in Japan.

    Friendship through Flowers



    Enrich the ikebana experience and make new friends around the world. This is by far the best benefit of membership.

  • Become a Member

  • Our Chapter will meet once a month at Cox Arboretum



    Meetings for 2023



    March 1

    April 5

    May 3

    June 7

    July 5

    August 2 Planning Meeting

    September 6

    October 4

    November 1

    December 6 Christmas Party

  • Ohara School of Ikebana

    Unshin Ohara founded the Ohara School of Ikebana in the late nineteenth century in the Osaka-Kobe area when Japan opened itself to the world. Influenced by the Western culture, he developed a style of ikebana that was to express the beauty of natural scenery. He searched for ways to arrange the brightly colorful western flowers that were being imported into Japan.


    The basic philosophy of the Ohara School is to observe nature well and emphasize the seasonal qualities, growth process and the beauty of the natural environments.


    The Ohara School is now led by fifth Headmaster Hiroki Ohara and claims more than one million members worldwide.

    Sogetsu School of Ikebana

    Sogetsu Ikebana was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara who concluded that ikebana is a creative art that can take many forms and expressions. His basic premise is that “anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material”.


    Sogetsu Ikebana is appropriate in any room of one’s home, in public spaces such as hotel lobbies, banquet rooms, department stores or out of door locations. Suitable for both Japanese and Western environments, it is one of the most contemporary ikebana schools of design.

    Akane Teshigahara is the current and Fourth Iemoto (or headmaster), grand-daughter of Sofu Teshigahara, niece of Kasumi Teshigahara (2nd Iemoto) and daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara (3rd Iemoto).


    There are forty-seven local branches in Japan (one for each prefecture and three in Tokyo) as well as some hundred branches overseas.

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    Cox Arboretum, Dayton, OH
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