Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Taiko Tuesday

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Adult: $11
Students & Seniors: $7
10 and under: no charge
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Ikebana Demonstration Cecile McCleary & Garden Tour with Lyndon Penner

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time(s): 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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?

CECILE MCCLEARY  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”.  


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(Next to Henderson Lake) in Lethbridge, Alberta - Canada

Phone: (403) 328-3511 Fax: (403) 328-0511

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