We arrived home from our trip to Western Australia last weekend just in time to go to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show on the last day. Below are some photos of the individual school exhibits of the Ikebana International stand. The Melbourne Ikebana International blog has a good photo of the whole stand. I have had to do some major manipulation to alter the backgrounds so that you can see the individual arrangements. So I must apologise for the blurring in the first photo in particular. It is the Ohara School arrangement.

This next photo is of the Ikenobo School work.

Next the Sogetsudokoryu School wall arrangement.

On the right is the Ichyo School work.

This next work is by the Sogetsu School team.

Below is the 'shop window' installation by Toula and Betty Karanikolopoulos of the Sogetsu School. They have used large pieces of bamboo, pine, red anthuriums and a dramatic splash of pink Amaranthus (an ornamental leafy vegetable) in the centre of the work. More pictures of amaranthus.

And lastly among the ikebana work is a 'shop window' display by the Sogetsudokoryu School. To me, a really striking work using woven sheets of rattan arranged in overlapping rectangles with pine and pink oriental lilies.

Finally I couldn't resist including this photo of an installation by students of the Gordon Technical and Further Education College in Geelong, the nearest large provincial centre to where we live. I was amused and delighted by these dancing figures.

Click on the coloured text to see Emily Karanikolopoulos' Tokyo post from last Tuesday

Greetings from Christopher
5th April 2014

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