This view is from the south across one of the ornamental lakes
The dome is lit by a clerestory at its base...
...and ornamented with frescos. In this huge hall Ikebana International Melbourne had a great success this year winning a bronze medal for their 'inner city oasis', a Japanese themed courtyard garden.
It is particularly difficult to photograph in this space. There are clearer and more detailed photographs at the I.I. Blog * .
My student, Nici Thompson, who is a professional florist, contributed this exhibit with a strong Australian theme. She created three structures representing the bottle- shaped boabab * (Adansonis gregorii) trees of the Kimberley area of Western Australia.
It has been a very busy week in the ikebana world. My contribution is a divided arrangement featuring the bright orange flowers and oddly shaped seedpods of crosomia * .
Greetings from Christopher
20th March 2016
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