Arranging Flowers the Simple Way

Flowers are blooming all over, and it is so satisfying to bring them indoors to give our homes a real breath of spring. But if you’re like me, you may be a bit challenged when it comes to displaying them artfully (my usual method is just to plunk ‘em in a vase). But now I have rediscovered Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.

I remember my mom taking some classes in Ikebana when I was little. For awhile, our dining room table was graced with a single bud and a sprig of curly willow set into a shallow wooden container, or one perfect flowering branch in a tall, thin vase. Ikebana is all about simplicity, balance, and choosing plants that sum up the beauty of each season. Even I could love learning how to do this! Find out more about this satisfying way to appreciate nature through flower arranging and see some inspiring and beautiful photos, here:

Ikebana International

Japanese Friendship Garden

History of Ikebana

Different Styles of Ikebana

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living.

12 comments

Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.3 years ago

Thank You

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks.

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Thanks

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Great article, thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks.

Joanne S.
Jo S.3 years ago

I'm going to give this a try.

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ANA MARIJA R.3 years ago

Thank you:))

Julie F.
Julie F.3 years ago

Thank you!

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.3 years ago

My late husband always said: What you can not say with words, say it with flowers.
Flowers always bring life to a room- there are so many ways to arrange flowers creatively. I take a salad bowl, lay colorful stones at the bottom, fill the bowl with water and start arranging flowers- float them, add a floating candle and voila- a lovely presentation. You can be as creative as you want, a single geranium and a candle, or crowd the bowl with all kinds of flowers and leaves,etc. etc...