Flower Arranging for Serenity

Midori Tanimune’s class seems ordinary at first look, with students hustling and bustling at the start.

Flower Arranging for Serenity

However, this is soon taken over by silence. At Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, about a dozen students are learning the art of Japanese flower-arranging called ikebana. This tradition began in the sixth century with priests offering flowers to Buddha, and is now a form of flower arranging that takes place in a contemplative state.

Tanimune says, “When you come to class, you probably have some turmoil in your heart. Erase that, be calm.”

People who practice this form of flower arranging have a hard time explaining what it is like.

Marcia Borel of West Chester, and the president of the Philadelphia chapter of Ikebana International tries to explain, “It’s beautiful, quiet, elegant thing that has been a meaningful part of my life.”

Learning ikebana can take a lifetime. Tanimune tries to teach her students the basic principles. She constantly repeats the basics: line, mass, colour, space, movement, depth, silhouette, contrast, texture, horizontal, vertical cascading. But the most important aspect of this art is the peace that is found in arranging these flowers.

[Via: baltimoresun.com]

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