Locust Valley Garden Club Demonstrate Japanese Art Of Ikebana


Locust Valley Garden Club president Margie Hepp and secretary Susan Caravello shared their knowledge of Ikebana in a workshop during a recent meeting. Members learned that the Japanese art of floral arrangement, Ikebana, has rules that prove less is more.

The arrangements start with a small pin base set off center in a shallow container. Floral materials are used in groups of three and five, artfully placed. The tallest piece is one and a half times the longest dimension of the container.

Caravello, of Glen Cove, who has studied with the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, led the group in placing the floral materials provided, into a small, footed black bowl.

Hepp, who studied on her own, and has earned awards for her floral designs, demonstrated the art by using different shaped bowls to illustrate the principles of Ikebana.

“Always use natural materials,” Hepp instructed. “River stones or moss are used to cover the base. Tall elements are curved to bend back into the design. Try to use contrasting materials and different colors. Cut the stems every three to four days for it to last longer…now you have fun!” she said, as she designed the displays.

At the next meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, Stella Miller will talk on Why Birds Matter. It also features the club’s annual White Elephant Sale, so come to learn, shop and lunch for a $12 donation. Programs start at 10 a.m. in the manor house of Bailey Arboretum, Lattingtown.

For membership information contact Dean Yoder at or call Gerry McKey at 516-671-8987.

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