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Ikebana – a World of Beauty

February 4th & 5th, 2023

Annual Ikebana Exhibit


February 4th & 5th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(last admission at 3:30 pm)

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites you to our 14th Annual Ikebana Exhibit Ikebana – a World of Beauty. Presented by AZ Sonoran Desert Sogetsu Study Group (SDSSG).    


Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is a practice that brings joy and renewal to those who partake in it, as it encourages the use of graceful lines and calming spaces to showcase the natural beauty of flowers.


The Sogetsu school of Ikebana takes this art form one step further by promoting its practice by anyone, regardless of location or materials. This inclusivity allows for a wider appreciation and understanding of the art of Ikebana, making it a truly universal form of self-expression and creativity. 

General $15 /  $17 at Gate

Youth 6-17: $13 / $15 at Gate

Member $10 / $12 at Gate

Please note that there is no general admission on February 4th & 5th. General admission is included with event ticket purchase.

What to Expect

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Ikebana - A World of Beauty is a spectacular event that brings together some of the most talented and creative Ikebana artists from the local community. The exhibition will feature over 50 stunning flower arrangements from 20 local artists, showcasing a wide range of styles and techniques. From traditional arrangements using natural branches and flowers, to more exotic works incorporating local desert and tropical flora, and even unconventional materials such as recycled plastics, metals, and fabrics, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. 

As you wander the garden paths, you will be treated to a variety of Ikebana arrangements, including vase arrangements on rocks and pedestals, hanging styles in trees and shrubs, and free-standing architectural works. There will also be seating provided for viewing larger installations at the Tea and Gift Shop and the Pavilion overlooking the waterfall. 

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In addition to the exhibition, the artists will be hosting an information booth where they will be happy to share more about their art and how to become involved in the local Ikebana community. And for those who are interested in trying their hand at Ikebana, there will be a "Make and Take Mini Ikebana" activity where you can learn the basics from artists and teachers and create your own small arrangement using live branches and fresh flowers. For just $5, you'll receive instructions, a mini demonstration, a vase, flowers, and a photo opportunity. 

To further enhance your experience, there will also be a Japanese vintage market and Silent Auction offering authentic Japanese items for purchase and bidding. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Ikebana and discover the beauty and artistry of this ancient practice.    

Event Schedule
 Enjoy demonstrations throughout the day! Most included with admission.


All Day (9 am - 4 pm): Silent Auction 

Rare Japanese items for auction


All Day (9 am - 4 pm): Vendors' Booth 

  • Ikebana Vase Booth by Ping Wei 

  • Ikebana Art Photography & Art Booth by Larry Brecker


10 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 3pm: Make and Take Miniature Ikebana 

Additional $5, Cash Only. Timed tickets scheduled every 20 minutes    

Ticket includes instruction, mini demonstration, vase, flowers and a photo opportunity. 

10 am - 3 pm: RoHoEN Tea Cafe 

Enjoy hot tea and sweets from our café

10 am - 3 pm: Japanese Pottery Market

An assortment of Japanese pottery for sale!   



11 am - 12 pm: Ikebana Demonstrations 

Saturday, February 4th

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am by Carol Brecker 

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm by Wanda Collins 

Sunday, February 5th 

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am by Ping Wei 

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm by Claire McCaughey 

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm: Culture and History Lecture by Dr. James Baskind

「禅と美術」"Zen and the Arts: A Portrait"    

Occuring both Saturday & sunday

We hope to see you at our annual exhibit, February 4th & 5th, 2023!
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