Fall Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on Nov. 16 to 24

“Dozens of signature floral compositions reveal the wide breadth of flower arrangement styles during the Fall Ikebana Floral Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson.

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.

Dozens of 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 Fall Ikebana Floral Festival runs from November 16-24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15. Adult admission for members of Yume Japanese Gardens is $10.”

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Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features six examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and a gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals, tea ceremonies, and Ikebana classes. For more information about the Gardens, contact Patricia Deridder at (520) 272-3200 or yume.gardens@gmail.com, or visit yumegardens.org.

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