Fun Places to Enjoy Ikebana Designs This Month

There are several opportunities to enjoy Ikebana designs and demonstrations in the next week.

Twelve Ikebana designers/instructors from the Sogetsu and Ichiyo schools will be exhibiting creative arrangements in artistic clay, glass or basket containers of guild members who are exhibiting in the July Southern Highland Guild Fair.

The ikebana chapter is an invited guest of the Southern Highland Guild to collaborate with select artists.   Come by our downstairs booth at the US Cellular Center.  The Southern Highland Guild fair will be held from July 21-23.  Hours are Friday and Saturday 10-6 p.m., and Sunday 10-5.  Admission is $8 for adults and children under 12 are free.  For more information go to

Ikebana International in Western North Carolina will also present a demonstration on “Double the Fun of Free Style,”  on Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

Stephanie English, Senior Professor of the Ikenobo school with 18 certificates from Japan will lead a free style program using two kenzans.  Free style is the modern evolution of this old art form that was first created over 500 years ago by this school, the oldest school of ikebana. 

Ikebana provides a well matched creative expression for modern Asheville as it combines nature, reflection/meditation, and art.   July activities above.

The Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International presents a program on ikebana flower design and/or Japanese culture on the fourth Tuesday of every month, February through October. For more information on our programs, teachers and workshops, contact Susan Cano, Chapter President, 828-674-9239;  or

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.