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Impressions of Autumn – Ornamental Grasses

Presented by Ohara School of Ikebana Oregon Chapter

Ohara School of Ikebana Oregon Chapter presents Impressions of Autumn – Ornamental Grasses. Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, has been translated as “living flowers” or “giving life to flowers,” and is unique from other approaches to flower arrangement. Come see arrangements featuring a wide variety of ornamental grasses including miscanthus and pampas during the special two-day show, held in the Yanai Classroom in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Learning Arts Center at Portland Japanese Garden.

Carolyn Alter, Head Teacher of the Ohara School of Ikebana’s Oregon Chapter, stated the artists seek to “bring the essence of nature into their arrangements.”

The Ohara School of Ikebana emphasizes connecting with nature season by season, utilizing the materials individual character, and arranging it in a naturalistic way. They are known for moribana, which broke with the more traditional and formal vertical styles, creating new horizontal “landscape” arrangements, with flowers “heaped” (moru) in lower plate-like containers.  


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”