Our Mission: To use Ikebana and other related arts of Japan to foster our motto, “Friendship Through Flowers” by bridging all cultures of the world and promoting an appreciation of nature.

Our Purpose:To build awareness and appreciation of Ikebana in the Denver area, to foster the exploration, education, friendship and spirit of Ikebana in our members and those we influence through our art form.

Our Goals:To increase knowledge and participation in our community, to educate and expand membership to new members and to recognize accomplishments of our members, teachers and those interested in Ikebana.


Literally, the word “Ikebana” derives from Japanese words, ikeru, meaning to keep alive, living and hana, meaning flower. Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers.”

Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, is the Japanese art of flower arranging. It has been practiced for more than 600 years tracing its beginnings to the introduction of Buddhism to Japan when floral offerings were made to Buddha. Over the centuries, Ikebana evolved from the temple eventually to the Japanese home modifying and expanding the art form, permitting expression for ornamental and decorative purposes.

Today, there are several hundred different schools of Ikebana including both classical and more modern avant-garde styles. All Ikebana represents the joining of nature and humanity with emphasis on shape, line,form and the use of space in the all arrangements. Some schools emphasize heaven, earth and man and others sun, moon and earth.

The spiritual aspect of Ikebana is also important by inspiring the appreciation of simple beauty found in nature while providing relaxation and expression for the body, mind and soul of the practitioner.


Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. It was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen who promoted the aim of fostering international fellowship through the study of Ikebana. With the motto, “Friendship Through Flowers,” I.I. has over 10,000 members from over 60 countries worldwide.

Our Denver Chapter 66 was founded in 1962 and consists of major schools including Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, Sangetsu and Sogetsu. With over 60 members today, we continue to expand our presence by sharing our passion and appreciation of Ikebana in the greater Denver area.


We’re a non-profit organization and are supported by generous donations from our members and sponsors. Your contributions are important to us. Help us by donating to Ikebana Iwaya Fund, a tax-free donation fund.