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Our meetings are a demonstration and workshop for members to learn ikebana and share the beauty in The Art of Flowers

On December 21, 2018 there was a catastrophic fire at the Columbia Garden Club Council Building at Maxcy Gregg Park. We have held our meetings there for 48 years. The building was destroyed but fortunately no one was injured. The GCC Building will be rebuilt with a tentative reopening in 2022. We have generally been using the facilities at the Richland Library St. Andrews for our monthly meetings but please check the "Events" tab for specific locations and times. Also in general, we meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10 am (coffee and tea at 9:30), from August through May. However, it is always best to verify the specific location and time by checking the "Events" tab. Visitors are always welcome.  

Ikebana International does not teach any single type of ikebana. Rather, it is an interest group made up of people of many nationalities who enjoy ikebana and other arts of Japan. Many of the members have studied ikebana; some have not.

Those who have studied ikebana have learned from many different schools. Some schools of ikebana stress classic styles; other focus on contemporary forms, and some blend the two. Each of the hundreds of schools of ikebana takes its own approach to arranging flowers. At I.I. meetings, students and teachers share openly their own schools' inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques.

2021/2022 Executive Board

President: Joan Danforth (interim)

First Vice President: Joan Danforth

Second Vice President: Karen McMillan

Recording Secretary: Cheryl Martino

Treasurer: Cindy Sanders

Honorary Advisor: Lin Ko

Liaison to Japan: Hideko Rainey

Immediate  Past President: Valerie Marcik

Standing Committees

Programs: Karen McMillan

Membership: Vijaya Prabhu

Exhibition: Cindy Sanders

Tea: Annie Fan / John and Lucy Spence

Ways and Means: Jewell Patterson

Nominating: Lee Sipe


Hospitality: Moulikta Shaw

Historians: Doris Kahn/Lin Ko/Jean Davis

Sunshine: Doris Kahn

Social Networking: Betsy Kaemmerlen /John Spence

Website: John Spence / Betsy Kaemmerlen

Video: Valerie Marcil /John Spence

Photography: Betsy Kaemmerlen / Cheryl Martino /John Spence

GCC Liaison: Cheryl Martino

Yearbook: Valerie Marcil/John Spence

Event/Activity Chairs 

State Fair: Jewell Patterson

Art in Bloom: 

Orchids on the Riverbanks: Betsy Kaemmerlen


Sowing Seeds: Lucy Spence

SC Arts:

New Member Orientation: John Spence

Presentations: John Spence / Lin Ko