The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix hosts the 9th Annual Ikebana Exhibit Jan. 26-28, sponsored by The Sonoran Desert Sogetsu Study Group (SDSSG).

Sogetsu Ikebana is a contemporary Ikebana art style that encourages creativity and artistic expression using the natural beauty of flowers, leaves, and branches, and unexpected, unconventional materials.

The exhibition will feature traditional and unusual ikebana art displayed in eight whimsically named “galleries” along the path winding around lakes, past the waterfall, and across the bridge throughout the five-acre garden.

The weekend offers many opportunities to further experience ikebana in the garden. Attend formal presentations by instructors, engage with artists at daily demonstrations, join tours, make your own small ikebana, and visit the ikebana information booth. There also will be a chamber music concert with traditional Japanese music on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The garden, located at 1125 N. 3rd Ave., will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Tickets are $7 adults, $6 military/seniors age 62 and older, and $5 for students with ID. To view the full schedule of events, visit For more information, call 602-274-8700.



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