Trevose Horticultural Society announces next meeting

‘Introduction to Ikebana-Ichiyo School’ is the featured program on Oct. 15

“Introduction to Ikebana-Ichiyo School” is the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem.

Ikebana, literally translated as “living flowers,” is an ancient floral art of Japan which has captured the attention of people throughout the world because of its beautiful, graceful lines and pleasing forms. The creative and imaginative designs of the Ichiyo School, meaning “one leaf,” are specifically suited for our modern lifestyle and environments.

Guest speaker Mary Jane Risch will demonstrate the Ichiyo art of combining materials through a natural balance of their weights, rather than by fastening the materials using a kenzan or komi. Risch will explain this step-by-step process and make suggestions on how to handle particular plant materials.

Risch is a master in the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. She is a student of Anna Nakada, an executive master in the Ichiyo School. Active in the Philadelphia Chapter of Ikebana International, Risch has served as program vice president and as president. Her interest in the Japanese arts began with ceramics, and she sometimes exhibits using her own stoneware containers. Risch has exhibited in Japan and the United States, notably at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as well as the Philadelphia Flower Show. She frequently conducts Ikebana workshops for Ikebana International chapters, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum.

All meetings are open to the public. A donation of $5 is requested from non-members. For more information, call 856-866-9163 or visit