Free Style Arrangements


Chapter Day - September 2017

More information will be posted when the schedule is finalized.

  • Click on the link to RSVP if you are not a member. Members will be sent a link via email. (available soon)
  • Time: 9am - 12 noon
  • Location: TBD
  • Sensei: TBD
  • Lesson: TBD
  • Cost: Member:FREE


Remember to bring a container suitable for a the arrangement,  hasami (scissors), kenzan, bucket and trash bag.

Class Reservations can be made via the link above, or by RSVP to the evite.

Please respond to all RSVPs before the registration deadline, to ensure the appropriate number of materials are purchased.

Make checks out to Ikenobo of Arizona. Checks should be sent to David Payne, 349 West Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041. This will hold your place in class. Your canceled check will be your receipt. There will be no cancellations or refunds. If you have questions, please contact David Payne at or (602) 276-5948.

General Information
WORKSHOP REMINDERS: Will be sent via email in advance of each workshop.

Scottsdale Senior Center: 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, Az

El Dorado Park and Community Center: 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ (corner of Miller and Oak)

Horizon Community Center: 15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Students should bring the following items to classes:
Container(s) appropriate for the workshop being taught
Hasami (scissors)
Bucket for water to hold your plant material while doing arrangement
Wires, wire cutters, tape
Vase (appropriate for arrangement)
Paper or plastic bag for debris
Personal Class Attendance sheet


The Ikenobo Yearbook is available to members. If you have not received your copy, contact Cathy Johnson at 480-947-3659 or email: An electronic copy (without the members list) is included here or via the Newsletter archive.


Click here for a printable Workshop Checklist and Workshop Etiquette document


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Workshop Schedule
The workshop schedule is available in the yearbook. Note that any changes to the schedule will be posted on the website on the main page under upcoming workshops or Events/Classes, but the Newsletter is NOT updated. Be sure to refer to the website, Facebook or your email (members) for changes to the schedule.



The Ikenobo School is the oldest school of Ikebana or Japanese flower arranging dating from the 15th century.  Based in Kyoto, the traditional cultural capital of Japan, Ikenobo stresses the inherent nature of  flowers and plants, and it allows one to express personal feelings through this art form. 

The Arizona Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana was founded in 1964 and chartered in 1974.   We hold workshops  throughout the year led by certified teachers.  New members are always welcome.

Shoka Shimputai with Sensei Lauren Toth

Lauren TothThe last workshop before our summmer break was a Shoka Shimputai with sensei Lauren Toth.

Lauren’s interest in flower arranging came from her involvement with roses. As an accredited ARS horticulture and international judge, she felt the need to expand her knowledge with the Asian schools. She was introduced to the Ikenobo school by her rose arrangement mentors in Ohio. She started study with the Cleveland Chapter in 2004 and earned her beginners Nyumon certificate there. 

Lauren transferred to Phoenix in 2006 where she connected with the Arizona chapter and began studying with Sensei Pat Kuffler.  She has since completed the requirements for the Instructor level #6.

 Lauren states that she love roses and all flowers and especially enjoy sharing her passion for them with others. In addition to roses, Lauren has an extensive garden filled with plants that she uses in her ikebana arrangements. For this workshop, Lauren brought many wonderful and unusual plants for students to use in their arrangements.

Congratulations to Yoly Hughson who has completed the requirements for her next certificate. Yoly is now at level #4.

You may select the Workshop Photos link to see all the arrangements from this and previous workshops.