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Ikebana International (I.I.), our parent organization, is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen.

I.I. is a nonprofit cultural organization in Japan and today boasts over 7000 members in 44 countries, with 138 chapters. Ikebana International New York Chapter is its seventh chapter.

Ikebana International New York Chapter #7 (I.I.N.Y.), numbered in order of founding, was incorporated as a non profit organization on October 21, 1957.

The motto of the association is “Friendship through Flowers” and any person or organization accepting that objective is welcome to join us as a member of Ikebana International.

I.I.N.Y. does not teach or endorse any single type of ikebana. It is an association that encompasses many different schools. The members are people who enjoy and practice ikebana and have interests in other traditional Japanese art forms.

Some schools stress classical styles; others focus on free style, and some a blend of both. Our members gain the opportunity to learn about ikebana of many different schools – their inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques – We benefit from those interactions through meetings, demonstrations, exhibitions and other events. 

Membership is open to people who are interested in the art of Ikebana and the ideals of I.I.N.Y., regardless of their previous experience or association with any Ikebana Schools.

For more information about the Ikebana International Headquarters, please visit:

Frequently Asked Questions


How many styles of Ikebana are there? 

Today, there are more than 3,000 Ikebana schools.  Different schools teach various styles.  Click on the "Ikebana Schools" link for more information on those represented in the NY area.


Are artificial flowers ever used? 

No. However, dried materials, vegetables, and fruits can be used in some modern arrangements. Additionally, inorganic materials such as paper, glass, metal, or other synthetic elements can be incorporated into modern arrangements.


Do men practice Ikebana? 

Yes, they do.  Historically, Ikebana was predominantly practiced by men, particularly within the realm of Buddhism. Women started taking Ikebana lessons more widely during the Meiji era (1868–1912) when Japan underwent significant modernization and cultural shifts. Since then, Ikebana has become increasingly popular among both men and women, with many schools and styles emerging to accommodate different preferences and aesthetics.


At Ikebana flower shows, why don't ikebana arrangements ever win awards? 

While individual arrangers may submit their works in an Ikebana exhibit, arrangements at Ikebana flower shows are to be admired, enjoyed and contemplated, but 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 the Japanese approach to flower arranging.  Ikebana enthusiasts may be willing to do their work either gratis or for a fee, but usually on site or by special arrangement with the designer.

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