What can you do when your Rose Garden workshop is outdoors and it’s very cold and VERY windy?
Make the best of it. Meet the challenge. And we did!
As usual, our sensei, Marylou Coffman, took us on a tour of the garden at Mesa Community College, with a special walk around the patriots’ garden with flags for each of our military divisions and multicolored roses with patriotic names. As we walked, we even found a bench dedicated to our dedicated rose enthusiast sensei, Marylou.
Once again, we were allowed to pick any roses we wanted to make our freestyle or shoka arrangements. This is a special treat, as picking the roses is usually not allowed.
We watched as Marylou sensei made two arrangements demonstrating jiyuka, then we struggled with our own. The word “struggle” is appropriate as it seemed that each stem we inserted into our kenzans had a life of its own…blowin in the wind, as Bob Dylan might sing. But we persevered, and every attendee was able to come up with an arrangement that satisfied her creative instincts.
Thank you, Marylou, once again, for our very special rose garden workshop.