"Not only beautiful flowers but also buds and withered flowers have life, and each has its own beauty. By arranging flowers with reverence, one refines oneself" - Ikenobo Senno, 1542

The Boston Chapter

Who we are


The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston was founded in 1966 to promote and disseminate the art of ikebana locally. It is recognized by the Ikenobo School of Floral Art in Kyoto, Japan.  We hold monthly ikebana workshops and other ikebana-related activities, and in 2016 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary with a special event.

Becoming a member

We welcome anyone interested in ikebana to join us, regardless of experience level. Annual dues, payable by December 1st of each year, are:

  • Regular membership: $45 ($15 if joining after March 15)
  • Certified instructors: $65
  • Special membership: $115 (optional, Certified Instructors of levels 9 and above)
  • Associate membership: $20 (for primary members of other Ikenobo chapters; have all privileges of membership but cannot hold elected office or vote) 

Membership includes: access to monthly ikebana workshops, including those taught by high-ranking US-based teachers and visiting professors from Japan; a copy of Hana No Arakuruto, the annual Ikenobo magazine; opportunities to earn Ikenobo ikebana certificates; and access to an Ikenobo Study Tour taking place every four years in Kyoto.

Chapter officers 2017-2019

  • President: Teresa Silverman
  • 1st Vice President: Kathy D’Angelo and Joanne Wimberly (jointly)
  • 2nd Vice President: Prem Goyal
  • Treasurer: Mimi Santini-Ritt
  • Corresponding Secretary: Carolyn Selldorff
  • Recording Secretary: Dottie Minior
  • Nominating Committee: Diane Suda, Linda Clarke, Sandra Ashley