Lyndon Penner Garden Tour at 2:00pm
Lyndon Penner grew up in
rural Saskatchewan and has been working in the horticultural industry since the
age of 16. An accomplished garden designer and instructor, Lyndon has lectured
at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia, Olds
College, the Calgary Zoo, and can often be heard on Canadian radio talking
about all things green and growing. He also does botanical interpretive work in
Waterton Lakes National Park and is the author of several best selling
gardening books written specifically for the Canadian prairies.
Come experience the Garden in a new way. Take a tour with Lyndon Penner to experience the horticultural pieces of Nikka Yuko. Why are there no flowers at Nikka Yuko???? Tell us more about the scotch pines and why do the Japanese love the Russian Olive?
BIOGRAPHY RE: IKEBANA Presentation at 3:45 pm in the Pavilion
While living in Japan from 1997 to 2001, Cecil had
the opportunity to study ikebana -Japanese flower arranging. There are many schools of ikebana from
traditional to contemporary. She was
fortunate to study under the Sogetsu School which is the newest and most
modern; suiting my personality and background experience well.
Established in1927, the philosophy of Sogetsu
was to break from the rigidity of formal styles and to develop an approach more
in keeping with the spirit of the times where by ikebana could be practised by
anyone, anywhere with anything. Though
there are standards to follow once these concept were understood Sogetsu
encouraged expression, enjoyment and a desire to create in the belief that the
free spirit of the artist was more important than rules and the materials used.
Cecil achieved a Sogetsu’s level four certificate
and was qualified to teach. However,
though it has not been possible for me to continue to practise and retain this
level, Cecil enjoy arranging flowers for Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden every summer
and have given demonstrations on the basics of Sogetsu Ikebana on several
occasions at Nikka Yuko and the University of Lethbridge.
Cecil holds a BFA in Visual Arts majoring in 3D
work. This gave her a good foundation on
which to build when arranging flowers or any other materials. However, in Japan
it is customary to study an art form for many years to truly understand the
“Way” or the spirit of that art. She claimes that, in no way achieved this and hence she still
very much a student of the “Way of Ikebana”.