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2024/2025 EVENTS

Events are listed chronologically

 All planned events for the 2024/2025 year are presently "in person" and will be primarily be held at the Garden Club Council Building. Meeting details are in Members Only.

This tab will be updated when I recieve information.

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Japanese Garden (work in progress)
John & Lucy's House

August 16, 2023 at 11 AM

This year's inaugural meeting will be a potluck luncheon at John and Lucy's home. The property is named Stone Garden and John and Lucy  have both been hard at work building the beginnings of a Japanese Garden. Everyone is welcome to walk around the property and cut whatever line material they want (except for my Japanese maples!!!) If you want to bring a swimsuit and hop in the pool afterwards, feel free. The pool is in a screenhouse so it's bug-free. Lunch will be once everyone arrives and settles in, probably about 11:30. There is abundant on-street parking. Park on the forest side of the street and you can either walk down the driveway  to see my new Japanese gate or park by the mailbox to see the bridge and waterfall.

188 Castle Road

Columbia SC 29210

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Mita Flores, Sangetsu School

September 20, 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 
IN-PERSON meeting at the GCC

Mita is a longtime chapter member who always has interesting  presentations from a school we rarely get to see. More information in the school itself is available from this link.

Mita has provided 2 images to illustrate her presentation and what members need to bring.


.ZOOM Meeting

Please refer to the ZOOM meeting access information in Members Only 



October 11-22, 2023
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 11 until the 22nd.  

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:

Pam Kolb, Ikenebo

October 18, 2023
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 

Garden Club Council Building

Pam is a long time member of Chapter 81 in Augusta and Ikenobo instructor. She will be demonstrating an Ikenobo style called shoka shimputai. Rikka was the original style of Ikenobo. It is an extremely formal style and shoka grew out of that. While rikka seeks beauty in the harmony among plants, shoka focuses on the shussho (inner beauty of a plant) that suggests a plant’s life. Shussho is the unique character of each plant, beauty discovered in the various growing forms of a plant as it makes every effort to live. Based on this inner beauty, the life of plants is elegantly and gracefully expressed arranged in a single vase.
In shoka there are two styles: shoka shofutai with traditional form, and shoka shimputai with no set form.

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Special demonstration with a surprise! 

Hosted by Hideko Rainey, Riji

November 15, 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 
 IN-PERSON meeting at the GCCB

Hideko promises to have a surprise special aspect of her demonstration for chapter 182 members.

Hideko will be demonstrating Sogetsu arrangements with a special surprise for chapter 182 members.



Hideko always has a workshop following her demo. This is an ideal opportunity to get invaluable feedback for your arrangements. Plan to make a typical design you normally make that might need a little tweaking.

She has a surprise planned for the group for this particular demonstration.

Container wise, most of what she's making will be in nagieri (upright) containers that are fairly large but she will be demonstrating a range of materials very loosely revolving around autumn. One of her arrangements will be in a very large suiban, a rectangular version of a moribana.

Unfortunately, it seems her Japanese maples have already dropped leaves so she doesn't have that available to share with us. Her workshop is flexible. Bring whatever material you have available for an autumn arrangement. For example, branches with leaf color change, dry (wilted or leafless) branches, or leaves/stems with other autumn drying/wilting etcetera would be ideal. Suggested flowers are anything showing typical autumn colors.

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December 6, 2023  - 11:00am-2:00pm

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


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.


John Spence will demonstrate a traditional Japanese New Year's arrangement called a kadomatsu.(kado = gate, matsu = pine) In Japan, these types of arrangements are placed at the entrance to a house at NewYear's to celebrate the new beginnings of the upcoming year and invites good fortune from Shinto deities and ancestors.


Address and contact information can be found in the Members Only section. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

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Sumi-e Painting and Calligraphy  

Lin Ko

January 17, 2024 
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
For January, Lin Ko will be demonstrating the art of Sumi-e, Japanese ink painting and calligraphy.

ZOOM Meeting

Please refer to the ZOOM meeting access information in Members Only 

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The Celebration Arrangement

Lucy Spence, Sogetsu

February 21, 2024 

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.


Our chapter is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. This wonderful milestone is cause for celebration! In Japan, celebrations warrant certain specific aspects of ikebana arrangements to clearly demonstrate the celebratory cause. Lucy will be demonstrating her favorite exhibition arrangements and techniques with specific variations for celebration arrangements. She also will offer insights to member's workshop arrangements.  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.

ZOOM Meeting

Please refer to the ZOOM meeting access information in Members Only 

MARCH 22-23, 2024 

10 AM-3 PM 

Demonstration by Susan Cano, Sogetsu School at 1 pm March 22

Asian Drum Dancers at 1pm March 23

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 celebrate it's 50th Anniversary since it was first chartered and wishes to announce TWO special Annual Ikebana Exhibitions.

In-Person Annual Exhibition at the GCCB

This year's exhibition will run for 2 days, March 22-23. Typically we have approximately 50 Ikebana arrangements on display. We will be showcasing arrangements in a variety of schools and styles. In adddition, we are inviting our Sister chapters, Chapter 81 in Augusta GA and Chapter 49 in Charlotte NC to submit an arrangement in our exhibition.

We are also pleased to announce this year's presenter will be Susan Cano, Riji.

International Virtual Exhibition

March 7-31, 2024

Beginning on March 7th, 2024 until the end of the month (March 31), we are inviting all Ikebana practitioners worldwide to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with us and submit a photo of their ikebana arrangement to a virtual ikebana exhibition in this website. Please send all submissions to

We prefer a high quality (300 ppi) JPG format photo with your name, school and location. Submissions will be displayed in this website under the Virtual Exhibition Gallery tab.

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 March 23, 2024

10 AM-5 PM 

Irmo Town Park
7330 Carlisle St,  Irmo SC 29063


Ikebana International Chapter 182 will unfortunately be unable to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival this year due to scheduling conflicts with our 50th Anniversary Ikebana Exhibition. We had lots of fun last year and hope to attend next year.

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,  a Japanese car show, anime, manga, cosplay, a kimono stroll and a taste of Japan. 

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April 6-7, 2024

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 26-28, 2024

Ikebana International Chapter 182 is privileged to once again participate in the SC Orchid Society Show. 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 and Sale at the Garden Clubs of Greater Columbia, 1605 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201.

Hours are:

Friday, April 26 from 1pm to 6pm

Saturday, April 27 from 11am to 6pm and

Sunday, 28th, from 11am to 4pm.

Admission and parking is is free.


April 17, 2024

Tour: Time TBD
1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
 Carpool from the Garden Club Council Building can be arranged
Come see something new. It will be very worthwhile. 


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May 15, 2024 
Start time: 11:00am

Our final meeting of the 2023/24 year will be held at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. There's always some business to be conducted but primarily, this event is to tour the refurbished Asian Garden which our chapter has contributed to over decades.  This event is a potluck and there will be plates and setups for us down at the greenhouse area. Parking will be at the employee lot so we don't need to come in the registration gate. Access is on the Botanical Garden side. The employee lot is at the end of Seminole (Turn of of 378 onto Seminole Drive at the Mobile station).


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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Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

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