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Ikebana Flower Arrangements at the BioPark

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Discover this 500-year-old Japanese art on September 21-22.

Ikebana Flower Arrangements at the BioPark

Ikebana arrangement made by Agnes Franzak. Photo courtesy of Shane Page.

September 20, 2013

Fall officially starts this weekend, and Botanic Garden visitors can celebrate the changing seasons with an Ikebana Autumn on September 21-22. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangements, which seeks to create harmony between people and nature. The Ikebana exhibition will be in the Showroom from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and is co-sponsored by Ikebana International Chapter #41.

"Ikebana is a great start to autumn and our season of indoor flower shows," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager.  "We always look forward to the new creations ikebana artists display, and it's a wonderful way to learn more about Japanese culture."

Ikebana uses living branches, leaves, grasses, seed pods and blossoms to create beautiful color combinations and interesting shapes. In Japan, where ikebana was popularized by Buddhist monks more than 500 years ago, these flower arrangements are regarded as high art, like paintings or sculptures. Now practiced worldwide, ikebana clubs, organizations and schools establish new chapters every year.

Discover the art of ikebana at the Botanic Garden. Talk to local artists to learn about the philosophy and history of these intricate floral arrangements. Visitors can also enjoy the Fall Fiesta of Flowers throughout the Botanic Garden. Both shows are included with regular admission and provide a great opportunity to snap photos for the BioPark's 2013 Online Photo Contest. For more information, email biopark@cabq.gov or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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