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2022/2023 EVENTS

Events are listed chronologically

 All planned events for the 2022/2023 year are presently "in person" and will be primarily be held at the Garden Club Council Building. I've been informed that the GCCB will have Wi-Fi available. This means it will be possible to Zoom meetings from that location. At present, we do not have security access but that information will be made available during the first meeting. We hope to be able to zoom the meeting. We will make every effort to be online via Zoom for our monthly meetings and workshops. Meeting details are in Members Only.

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Grecian Gardens and Jarrett's Jungle

August 17, 2022 at 11 AM

This year's inaugural meeting will first be a luncheon at Grecian Gardens restaurant at 11 AM. Grecian Gardens is at 2312 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169. We have a room reserved in the back. Following lunch, we will make a short trip to Jarrett's Jungle, 1621 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169. Jarrett's jungle is a well-established florist and horticulturist where we can examine the availability of materials and flowers for upcoming events.    

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"Homecoming" Celebration Arrangements

Hideko Rainey and her New Instructors
John Spence, Holly Crowe, Lin Ko, Virginia Allen and Ann Corbett

September 21, 2022
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Workshop and Program: 10:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 

The ZOOM portion of the meeting has regrettably been cancelled.
Inaugural event in the Garden Club Council Building


For our first "Homecoming" event in the Garden Club Council Building, we have prepared a special demonstration of CELEBRATION arrangements by Hideko Rainey. The

lineup of her new instructors will also each showcase their unique capabilities by each exhibiting an individual celebration arrangement created that morning. All the arrangements will be exceptional, using a "celebration" theme to mark the reopening of the GCCB. The format for this demo/workshop will be unusual because it can essentially begin with a "workshop", members can immediately begin their own arrangements (jumpstarting the workshop) ongoing with Hideko's demonstration. Chapter members can bring whatever container and material they prefer to make a celebration arrangement. Bright colors are preferred in keeping with the celebration theme. Members are extremely encouraged to make an arrangement to inaugurate the homecoming theme and the reopening of the GCCB. 


Hideko Rainey from Chapter 182 in Augusta Georgia has been an instructor and established member of our chapter as well, for decades. She has over 50 years experience as an instructor and has attained the highest level of the instructor certification in the Sogetsu school, Riji, first grade. Her presentations are always outstanding.

The "Celebration" arrangement in the Sogetsu School

Celebration arrangements in the Sogetsu school are somewhat defined. There are certain traditions but the overall idea is to create an arrangement that makes people happy. One tradition which has applicability to our situation is to avoid the color red because it's associated with fire. Considering the building burned down in 2018, this might be advisable. Another is to avoid the use of hydrangeas which are associated with instability because of the changing flower color. Regardless, of the taboos, the first priority is to be flexible and make the viewers (and the arranger) happy. A suggested arrangement shape is a spreading shaped like an open fan, symbolizing a prosperous future and increasing luck. The use of Japanese paper string (mizuhiki) or ribbons, particularly the gold, silver, red, white and metallics are also typical. 

Workshop Flowers, Line Material and Containers

Chapter members can bring whatever container and material they prefer to make a celebration arrangement. Bright colors are preferred in keeping with the celebration theme. However, if they wish to follow Hideko's demonstration, the recommended materials and container will be updated depending on availability the floral supplier. That update of necessity, will be posted last-minute here.  



October 10-23, 2022
South Carolina State Fairgrounds
1200 Rosewood Ave.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Ikebana International Chapter 182 has been invited to create an ikebana exhibition for the SC State Fair. Over a dozen arrangements will be on display. Please join us in the Cantey Building to see our ikebana arrangements as well as the flower shows put on by various South Carolina garden clubs. The ikebana exhibition will run the entire duration of the state fair from October 10 until the 23rd.  

Our website continues to be linked to the State Fair website so updated information about the two organizations and events is readily accessible. 

Chapter members please refer to the Members Only page for set up and take down information.


The State Fair link to our website is located at:

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Hosted by Lin Ko

October 19, 2022 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15

Program 10:15-11:00

Workshop: 11:15-12:00

Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
IN-PERSON and ZOOM meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Tropical Materials For All to Use

Chapter 182 member Lin Ko became a Sogetsu instructor in 2021 and will be hosting the October meeting and workshop.

Session 1: (45 minutes) The presenter will make three demonstrations while explaining why and how they are designed in this way. Tropical materials have their unique characteristics in color, form and life span.  However, they are pricy and not easy to manipulate. The outcome could be minimal/elegant or big/bold depending on the way materials are arranged. The oohs and aahs are not the goal of this program. Instead, something meaningful to takeaway is our primary objective.


Session 2: (60 minutes) Members will receive photo copies of different styles of tropical materials arrangements for inspiration and reference as hands-on.  Those who signed up will receive tropical materials for their use.  Please remember to bring your $10 to pay for these!

·         Materials: Tropical flowers are ordered via Sandy Pait; greeneries are contributed by Lin, Sandy and John.  Members are welcome to bring in backyard treasures to share. Drift wood or well-shaped dry branch are always a plus.

·         Containers: Moribana containers preferred; nageire or tsubo vases are okay as long as heavy weight flowers and greeneries can be secured by drift wood, dry branches, wires, etc. (Presenter will not have time to help you in this aspect.) 

·         Kenzan: Heavy duty kenzan of at least 3” diameter; bring more pieces of kenzan for weight securing needs.


ZOOM Meeting

Please refer to the ZOOM meeting access information in Members Only 

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Demonstration, Workshop and Zoom 

Hosted by Robert Neese and Jean Davis

November 16, 2022 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-11:00
Workshop: 11:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Ohara school

Jean Davis completed her instructor certification in the Ohara school in Japan and has been a chapter member since 2000. Robert Neese has been a chapter member since 2011. 

Workshop Information 

Bring a moribana container (low sided, open and flat) and natural materials from your yard to try your hand at either a landscape style arrangement (as demonstrated by Robert) or a more traditional style (as demonstrated by Jean).

ZOOM Meeting

Please refer to the ZOOM meeting access information in Members Only 

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December 14, 2022  - 11:00am-2:00pm

  IN-PERSON vegetarian (eggs OK) potluck meeting at Moulikta's house, NOT the GCCB

No ZOOM Meeting 


Chapter 182 member Moulikta Shah, a member since 2014, will be hosting a vegetarian (eggs OK) potluck luncheon at her home. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share with other chapter members. Moulikta is a wonderful cook and will be preparing homecooked Indian dishes and tea. This event is an introduction to Indian cuisine and Moulikta will ensure items are not excessively spiced.  Address and contact information can be found in the Members Only section. 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

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Kathy Elliot, Betsy Kaemmerlen and Valerie Marcil

January 18, 2023 
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Arrangement theme: Zen Gardens and Ichiyo


For January, we are showcasing the talents of several of our Chapter 182 members. Kathy Elliot will do a demonstration of Zen Gardens. She will be followed by Ichiyo demonstrations by Betsy Kaemmerlen and Valerie Marcil. 

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Hideko Rainey, Sogetsu
Li Yueh Huang, Ikenobo
John Spence, Sogetsu
Lin Ko, Sogetsu
Jean Davis, Ohara

February 15, 2022 

Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 

Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Workshop: 10:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 

Note: Every member is encouraged to make an arrangement for the exhibition. It is enormously beneficial to your growth as an ikebana practitioner to exhibit. This workshop is specifically intended to assist all members to make an arrangement for our annual exhibition but even so, is an excellent opportunity to get a great deal of one-on-one assistance and feedback. Exhibitions push you to do your best work and that is how all of us grow in our capabilities as practitioners.


Bring your favorite container, kenzan, line material and flowers to practice making your best work. Whether you exhibit or not, this workshop is invaluable to develop your skills as an ikebana practitioner. We will have instructors from the Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu schools on hand to provide assistance and ideas. Hideko will present a brief demonstration and the focus of this event is entirely to assist chapter members in a workshop. All five instructors will be available throughout the workshop to assist members with their arrangements. To streamline availability, please sign up in advance with Betsy for a particular instructor.


March 15, 2023

12 AM-4 PM 

Garden Club Council Building
Located opposite the swim center at Maxcy Gregg Park
1605 Park Circle
Columbia, SC 29201

Ikebana International Chapter 182 in Columbia SC is proud to announce its Annual Ikebana Exhibition and Tea. Typically we have approximately 80 Ikebana arrangements, Zen Gardens and miniatures on display. We will be showcasing arrangements in a variety of schools and styles. 

We were also pleased to announce this year's presenter will be John Spence, a long time member of Chapter 182.

John Spence was fortunate to learn ikebana starting at age 8 the traditional way - his mother taught him. He is the former Chapter 182 President and currently maintains the Chapter website. He is a Sogetsu instructor, fourth grade, and plans to pursue his testing for Riji (first grade) in Japan. Towards that end, he is fortunately continuing his instructor training with Hideko Rainey. He prefers to build large ikebana structures, frequently exhibits, builds ikebana constantly, has accepted numerous invitations and even has collected an occasional award. In his spare time, he's building a Japanese garden on five acres of forest.

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March 25, 2023

10 AM-5 PM 

Irmo Town Park
7330 Carlisle St,  Irmo SC 29063


Ikebana International Chapter 182 will have an informational table at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Irmo Town Park is a jewel of a small park with a half dozen cherry trees (hopefully) in full bloom during the event. Activities include art exhibitors (that's us!),  a Japanese car show, anime, manga, cosplay, a kimono stroll and a taste of Japan. Come join us for a demo and quick lesson in ikebana!  


April 1-2, 2023

Ikebana International Chapter 182 is privileged to annually have a booth in the Cantey Building. We may not be a country but we're (almost) always next to Japan. Several dozen arrangements will be on display and the public is invited to stop by and have a free lesson in ikebana. 

Please check and here for updates.


April 14-16, 2023

Ikebana International Chapter 182 is privileged to once again participate in the SC Orchid Society Show. The show wasn't held during Covid but we are pleased to welcome their return to a new venue at the Garden club Council building.  Chapter 182 will again be  exhibiting Ikebana arrangements using orchids. South Carolina Orchid Society Show is being held April 14 - 16, 2023 at the Garden Clubs of Greater Columbia, 1605 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201.

Judging is being held on April 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM.

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Sandy Pait and John Spence
Bamboo in Ikebana

April 19, 2023
Coffee/Set up: 9:30-10:00 
Business Meeting: 10:00-10:15
Program 10:15-11:00
Workshop: 11:15-12:00
Clean Up: 12:00 - 12:15 
 Sandy and John, Chapter 182 members will demonstrate novel uses of bamboo in both containers and in arrangements. Bamboo inherently has an extraordinary line and has been commonly used in arrangements for centuries. We both promise to bring something new to the table that the chapter has not seen before and consequently, we are not going to tell what we will be doing apart from that it involves bamboo.
Come see something new. It will be very worthwhile. 

Please continue to watch this page for updates.


Ikebana Exhibition in conjunction with ARTISTA VISTA

April 22-23, 2023

Ikebana International Chapter 182 is delighted to have a new venue for our Art in Bloom ikebana exhibition. We will be exhibiting member arrangements at Stormwater Studios on April 22-23, 2023 as part of the Artista Vista event, The Artista Vista  is held at the Columbia Vista celebrating all elements of art for its 31th year. Stormwater Studios is located at 413 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC  29201.

Event hours will be posted soon. 



May 17, 2023
We welcome our new leadership at the May meeting, and we have our annual business meeting.
This is an essential meeting to make plans for next year (to begin in August), pay dues and have lunch.
The venue is still undecided but possibly will be at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden.


May 15, 2019 11 AM

Special Event

The final event of the 2018-2019 year will be a Potluck Lunch and Make-Your-Own arrangement at the Chapter President's house. Line material is readily available on the surrounding 5 acres of forest. Bring a good pair of shoes, your cutters, flowers and favorite container and we can learn from each other.

J. Spence

188 Castle Road

Columbia, SC 29210



May 22 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the GCCB

These classes are offered to Chapter members by Norman Churchill who will provide all materials. There is an additional fee of $40 per class. Please contact Norman directly to arrange scheduling and payment.

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