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Arranging Flowers the Simple Way

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

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By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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11:10PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thank You

9:36PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Thanks.

3:05AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks

4:17AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Great article, thanks for sharing.

2:02PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks

1:02PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks.

10:34AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I'm going to give this a try.

4:06AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you:))

2:54PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you!

3:42PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

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...

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