Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than 600 years. It began as kuge, one of the traditional offertory decorations placed before an image of Buddha. By the middle of the 15th century, with the emergence of the first classical styles, ikebana achieved the status of an art form, independent of its religious origins, though it continued to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones. The different forms and styles of ikebana strive to harmonize with the contemporary spaces where people live, work and play. The tradition has evolved into a modern art form that can be enjoyed by everyone.

  • About Us


    Cleveland Chapter #20 was founded on March 16, 1959 by Lucille Wunderly with the objectives to stimulate, cultivate and to strengthen relationships among teachers and students of ikebana. Our Chapter #20 continues to study ikebana and Japanese culture while practicing its motto "Friendship Through Flowers".

    Program Meetings

    Typically Program Meetings are scheduled for 1st Wednesday of the month

    Program meetings involve morning and afternoon workshops, starting at 10 am. and 1 pm at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 Est Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 with a break for lunch.

    August 4, 2021

    Ikenobo School - Mieko Fujimoto

    Ms. Fujimoto will teach Shoka Shimputai in the morning and Freestyle, using hanging Oasis.

    September 1, 2021

    Sogetsu School - Shoko Morton

    Demonstration and workshop featuring Shoko Morton from Cleveland, OH.

    October 6, 2021

    Ichiyo School - Karen Napoli

    Demonstration and workshop by Karen Napoli from Rochester, NY

    November 3, 2021

    Keiko Biddle and Hilla Molinaro

    Ms. Biddle will teach Origami craft and Hilla Molinaro will teach how to make a flower vase with Washi paper, complete with an arrangement.

    December 2, 2021

    Ohara School - Isa Ranganathan

    Demonstration and workshop by Isa Ranganathan from Cleveland, OH


    Online Demonstrations via Zoom by Renowned Ikebana Sensei

    Virtual demonstrations are conducted intermittently and are announced one month prior to scheduled date.


    Email us and let us know you are interested

  • Membership Benefits

    We have a lot to offer

    Chapter Meetings


    Attend program meetings, enjoy ikebana demonstrations, hear lectures on related topics, or participate in ikebana workshops.

    Opportunity for Lessons


    Members can obtain contact information of certified ikebana teachers that belong to the chapter, as well as obtain information about teachers that teach virtually. The Cleveland Chapter has 4 teachers in the Ohara School and 2 Teachers in the Sogetsu School.

    Meditative Art


    Practice the meditative art of ikebana to pause and enjoy the bounty from nature with others.



    Participate in public exhibitions as integral part of ikebana training.

    Ikebana International Magazine



    Enjoy the Ikebana International magazine, a premier publication, issued three times a year, richly illustrated with color plates of ikebana arrangements, articles on ikebana or related arts, and in-depth Japanese cultural subjects.


    Transferable Membership



    Transfer your membership from one chapter to another at any time of the year upon presentation of a valid membership card.

    Associate Membership


    Belong to additional chapters at reduced rates upon proof of membership of your primary chapter.

    Multiple Ikebana Schools


    View and learn about multiple ikebana schools to widen your view of ikebana.


    Regional Conferences


    Regional Conferences are held periodically every 4 to 5 years in various regions throughout the world for the purpose of offering educational and cultural exchange opportunities to the members. The I.I. World Convention is held every five years in Japan.

  • Contact Us



    The organization was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen whose dream was to create an association uniting the people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, that dream has spread to over 50 countries/areas, with 143 chapters and a membership of more than 6,300. The organization's motto is 'Friendship Through Flowers.' https://ikebanahq.org

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