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Ellerslie International Flower Show To Host Top Ikebana Artist

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Ellerslie International Flower Show To Host Top Ikebana Artist

19 January 2009 - One of the world's top Ikebana artists - Seiseki Yoshiro Umemura - will provide the crowds at the Ellerslie International Flower Show with twice daily demonstrations of the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Japanese-born, Seiseki Umemura migrated to Australia in 1986 and wanting to bring part of his culture with him swapped careers as a marketing and finance executive to become a master in Ikebana.

"Ikebana is more than just a floral display, behind the art form are a rich culture, history and philosophy which form the basis for a way of life," he says.

The Ikebana demonstrations at Ellerslie will be a feature in the Floral Art Marquee, a perennial favourite at the Show which again will be full to overflowing this year, displaying the best in dramatic and artistic floral design.

Seiseki Umemura's demonstrations will focus on introducing visitors to the "hidden beauty and infinite potentialities of plant material".

"Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is simply the way of flowers," he says.

The Christchurch Ikebana Society will create a simple Japanese-style exhibition garden in the Floral Art Marquee, with Japanese screens and display stands to showcase Mr Umemura's daily creations.

Seiseki Umemura will hold daily demonstrations at Ellerslie from 11am and 2pm on 11, 12, 13 and 14 March and 11am on 15 March; and workshops on 13 and 14 March; for details contact Lyn on lyn4sogetsu@hotmail.com

Ellerslie International Flower Show is New Zealand's premier week-long Garden Party in Christchurch's North Hagley Park from 11 to 15 March. The Show celebrates Christchurch's Garden City heritage and the best of national and international garden design. The 2009 Show will feature almost 80 horticultural exhibits, including 28 exhibition gardens, with loads of fresh and exciting ideas for every garden. Check out the website for further information www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz

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