Beauty and patience -- that’s what the Japanese aristocracy sought to share with their wives centuries ago after developing Ikebana, a discipline to arrange flowers, leaves, and branches in a particular format to reflect heaven, earth, and man.
On a rainy March 10, Jane Redmon, our Sensei (teacher), created five unique arrangements that brought color, imagination, and amazement to the 20 Villagers attending.
Most of the arrangements only used two materials (less is more and odd numbers preferred), and Jane’s skill and experience belied the patience needed to prepare and place each flower or branch. Plus she arranged them from the back! Five fortunate raffle winners were able to take home reminders of a lovely afternoon that also included Japanese mochi (ice cream bon bons).