The Friends of the the apparently safe from 2011 budget cuts Conservatory at Volunteer Park send out this invite via Facebook for a focus on the chrysanthemum — a flower as intricate and pretty as it is tough to spell. Correctly. Here are some pics of dahlias (oh man, how embarrassing! — see below in comments) from the CHS flickr pool to accompany the invite. Thanks to Hill shutterbug Rob for the lovely pictures. I want to touch those flowers! Lovely. Happy fall flowers, Capitol Hill.
VOLUNTEER PARK CONSERVATORY HOSTS:
Sogetsu Mercer Island Presents
Ikebana Arrangements in the Seasonal House October 5 – 17
The Sogetsu Mercer Island Ikebana group began in 1983. The branch currently has 33 active members including 20 with teacher’s diplomas.
Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese art of flower arranging. This artistic medium combines the products of nature with man’s creativity.
Sogetsu School is one of several creative movements, or schools, within the world of Ikebana. Sogetsu Ikebana features the idea that Ikebana may be arranged anytime, anywhere, by anyone and with any material. The Sogetsu School aims always to be alive, using plants, branches, grasses and flowers to express the natural shapes, graceful lines and color combinations to vividly express the experiences of the present age.
When someone asked Sofu Teshigahara, the Founder, “If you are in the desert what do you arrange?” Sofu Sensei replied “I might arrange the stones”.