Flower Arranging Classes at Rose Red and Lavender

A couple months ago, I took a flower arranging class at a quaint little shop called Rose Red & Lavender in Williamsburg.  The topic that evening was Ikebana — the art of minimalistic Japanese flower arranging. Flower arranging classes are a fun alternative bridal shower or bachelorette party, and Ikebana is an easy, inexpensive and beautiful method of diy’ing flowers so I thought I’d share a bit of what I learned!

There are so many interesting odds and ends around the store, including an absinthe section!

Ikebana uses natural elements like flowers, branches, and leaves to create interesting angles and spaces in an arrangement.  This is an arrangement the instructor created using a tulip, a pussy willow, two branches, and a leaf.

This is a cool little arrangement the instructor created using a sunflower.  She created a slit through the stem and threaded a leaf through it.  Place everything in a floral frog and into a vessel, and you have a beautiful, minimalist arrangement in minutes.

This is an arrangement I created using 3 lilies, a pussy willow, a branch and a leaf.  Using odd numbers of each element creates balance.

The items you need are simple — a vase, a floral frog, some rocks, water and your natural pieces for your arrangement.

I really enjoyed the class, as did my fellow attendees, and hope to continue pursuing Ikebana as a hobby. I will most definitely be going back for future classes!  I’ll leave you with some Ikebana arrangements to inspire you!

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Mrs. Bee

New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005
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  1. locket Member
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:27 pm

    I love it!! I am really into the eastern ideas of beauty…so simple, but so elegant!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 4:27 pm

    That’s great you had fun – and their arrangements are amazing! The third one up from the bottom is just gorgeous!

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    Curlysue 1703 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    Wow! Those are fantastic! Such a nice and different approach to the typical look of flowers for centerpieces or even as gifts. Makes me wonder what I could do with my sunflowers I think I’m using for my own wedding—oh ideas!

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:17 pm

    awesome, I love the simplicity!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:16 pm

    I’ve never seen arrangements like this, I really like how different they are :)

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:59 pm

    my mom took an ikebana class a few years ago. she hasn’t done any arrangements in a while but i remember her being pretty good at it. they all looked wonderful!

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    laurajane 317 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 pm

    I’ve never heard of a floral frog- that’s cool! I love your arrangement Bee!

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 am

    How fun! I like the simplicity too. I went to an Art of Arranging Flowers seminar on one of the Celebrity cruises. It makes me want to take on some centerpieces for upcoming weddings (since we had non-floral arrangements for ours).

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:35 am

    gorgeous! there’s so much aesthetic philosophy behind these!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5760 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:43 am

    That shop looks like so much fun to browse in! Sounds like a fun class, too!

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    Steve, Guest @ 8:29 pm

    Nice post! this is unique, and i like the arrangement , thanks for sharing!

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