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Columbia SC Chapter 182 has a Home Again! 
Garden Club Council Building due to reopen

In December 2018, the Garden Club Council Building where we held our meetings for 44 years, was destroyed by fire. Rebuilding was a laborious process but we are happy to announce that the new building has been completed and the grand reopening will be on August 29, 2022. We have a home again! Consequently, will once again be holding our meetings in the GCCB.   

Article: Chapter 182 Video Exhibition and Website 
Featured in Ikebana International Newsletter

Our 2021 Virtual Exhibition and our website gallery member arrangements were featured in the  March 2022 Ikebana International newsletter which has international circulation. Congratulations to Hideko Rainey, to our members whose arrangements were selected and to our website administrator, photographer and videographer, John Spence. 

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Article: Ikebana Artists Keep Creating in Isolation

Something for all of us to be inspired by during lock down.


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Article: What Is Ikebana?

The Japanese Art That's Making a Comeback.

This is a really great article about the 400 year timeline of Ikebana and it's evolution to today. 

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YouTube: Ikebana and MIT's Japan Program

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Article: The Art of Ikebana

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We're proud to announce that the October 2019 issue of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine features an article titled, "Ikebana" by Lynn Padgett Beard. Two members of Ikebana International Chapter 182, John Spence, former Chapter President, and Norman Churchill, Sogetsu Instructor and Chapter Member, are contributors to the article. The Columbia Chapter of Ikebana International is highlighted. In addition, the photographer is John Spence and features photos of ikebana arrangements by Chapter 182 members as well as ikebana in Japan.

Beard, L. P. (2019 October) Ikebana. Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, Vol 30 No 3, Pages 104-110.

Fire at the Garden Club Council Building December 21, 2018

On December 21, 2018, there was a catastrophic fire at the Columbia Garden Club Council Building where we had been meeting for 47 years. The building was destroyed but fortunately, no one was injured. The GCCB will be rebuilt but as yet, there is no firm timeline. In the meantime, we are generally meeting at the Richland library St. Andrews but please check the "Events" tab for specific time and location.


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CNN published an outstanding video about Ikebana on August 22 2019.

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Sowing Seeds and Chapter 182

The Ikebana International journal has worldwide distribution and this quarter's publication has an article about our Columbia Chapter 182 and it's Community Service project, Sowing Seeds. Sowing Seeds is a program intended to introduce Ikebana to children, in this particular case by having them make an arrangement for their Mother to celebrate Mother's Day. Congratulations to Lin Ko who annually coordinates this program, Lucy Spence, author and John Spence, photographer.
Spence, Lucy (2018) Sowing Seeds: Families and Flowers. Ikebana International, 62 (2), 50-51.

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Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. When the late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956, her dream was to create an organization uniting the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. That dream has now spread to over 50 countries/area, with 161 chapters and membership of approximately 7,600 persons. 
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.
A unique feature of Ikebana International is that the organization was founded by and is still administered by volunteers.

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Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

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