Ikebana, Flower Arrangement

Ikebana means ‘make flowers come alive,’ ‘make flowers active,’ or ‘make flowers fresh.’ In order to be arranged, flowers are cut from the roots, which means their life is biologically terminated. Yet, in ikebana, as the name indicates, the arranger is expected to give a new life to already cut flowers.

In ikebana, each flower must be carefully studied to bring out its intrinsic beauty to the fullest. When displayed to their full advantage, flowers enhance each other, and take on a new life. Participants are expected to apply the principle of ikebana not only to create beautiful floral pieces, but also to develop aesthetic sensitivities and enrich their lives.

How to Join

The Illinois Prairie Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter conducts monthly workshops at Japan House. A different style of Ikenobo Ikebana is practiced each month along with Japanese aesthetics and philosophy. The instructor is Jeanne Holy, Chapter president. Once a year, the Chapter hosts a professor from the Headquarters of the Ikenobo Ikebana School. For fee information or to make a reservation contact Jeanne Holy at jholy@prairieikebana.org.

What to Know

For freestyle sessions you may bring your own vase, for all others there will be appropriate vases for your use during the workshop.


If you would like to join the Ikebana Chapter there are annual dues which also cover cost the monthly workshops. You may also pay a fee for individual workshops. These costs vary due to what type of materials are being used.