” Dozens of signature floral compositions reveal the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles during the Spring Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum.
Yume is the Tucson region’s first and only authentic Japanese gardens, and Ikebana is the traditional art of Japanese flower arranging. Ikebana – “living flowers” – uniquely emphasizes shape, line, and form by giving equal weight to the branches, stems, and leaves of a plant rather than merely arranging its blooms. Classical Ikebana dates to the 15th century and successor schools have emerged since. In all of them, deep-rooted design rules and a Zen-like discipline subtly harmonize nature and the hand of the arranger.
Some 50 signature arrangements created by students and teachers of five major schools of Ikebana practice will adorn the grounds and buildings of Yume during the festival. One of the largest such combined exhibitions in Arizona, it offers an unusually broad look at the variety of styles in Japanese flower arranging. A further attraction lies in the vases in which the arrangements are displayed, many of them handmade in Japan with a refined elegance.
The Ikebana festival runs 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily, February 19-27. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15. “
Yume Japanese Gardens is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson.