|Are artificial flowers ever used?
No. Sometimes dried materials are used, even vegetables and fruits. In modern
free-style arrangements inorganic materials such as glass and metal might be
At flower shows, why don't ikebana arrangements ever
win awards? While individual arrangers may submit
their works, in an ikebana exhibit, arrangements are not judged.
Can ikebana arrangements be purchased? Because of
their construction, arrangements are difficult to transport and materials may be
fragile. The ethereal nature of the arrangements is part of the allure of
Japanese approach to flower arranging. Ikebana enthusiasts may be willing to do
their work either gratis or for a fee, but usually on site.
Do men study ikebana? Yes, they do. Most
headmasters of ikebana schools have been men until recent years.
How many styles of
ikebana are there? Hundreds. Different “schools” teach
various styles. Click on the "Ikebana Schools" link for more information
on those represented in the NY area.