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An Introduction to Ikebana with Anna Kessler – Free, All are welcome!

Posted Oct. 01, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.

Belfast Garden Club’s public monthly meeting and talk series resumes October 15th, featuring a presentation and overview of the Japanese flower arrangement art form, Ikebana, with Anna Kessler. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The speaker will begin at 2 p.m. following a brief public club business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.

More than arranging colorful flowers in a container, Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and human vision are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws the emphasis toward shape, line and form. The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery and other materials may be used.

Anna Kessler has been a longtime floral design judge in the Garden Club of America, and has served on judging panels for major flower shows in Boston, Newport, Philadelphia, and numerous state and local Garden Club shows. She studied for seven years with the Ikebana Sogetsu School’s Capital District and New York Branches, and is an Ikebana teacher certified by the Sogetsu Foundation, Tokyo, Japan.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification since 1929. They maintain 12 gardens around the city each year, host Open Garden Days garden tours during the summer, and support education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and an annual education scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.

For more information, visit belfastgardenclub.org or email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com or call Corliss Davis 930-3562

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