ArtScapes in the Garden 2021

The Ruth Bancroft Garden and San Francisco’s Sogestsu School of Ikebana are proud to present this unusual exhibition of large scale works that will incorporate plant materials from the Garden itself and be on display throughout in this first-ever wholly outdoor ikebana exhibit at the Garden.  The exhibit will display the works of nine principle artists from the Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch.

ArtScapes in the Garden is offered with Garden admission at no additional charge will run Wednesday, May 19th through Sunday, May 23rd during normal Garden hours.


What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is the beautiful, often minimalist art of Japanese cut flower arrangement. “Ikebana” is derived from the two words in Japanese ikeru (生ける, “living”) and hana (花, “flower”). Ikebana means “giving life to flowers”.  Ikebana often emphasizes specific parts of a plant, such as its stems and leaves, and carefully incorporates shape, proportion, line and form. Though ikebana is a creative art, it has clear and formal rules and practitioners can spend lifetime learning and refining their art. There are over 300 schools of Ikebana worldwide and each school’s style is unique.

The Sogetsu school of ikebana was established in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara (1900 – 1979) and is characterized by a modern style that does not follow the classical ikebana rules of fixed forms and structure, and allows for a mix of man-made and natural materials. The Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch was established in 1973. For more information about ikebana and the Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch, click here.


Tuesday, May 18th, 10am – 4pm: Artists will be installing their ikebana works on throughout the day. The public is welcome to come observe the installation process but we ask that you please not disturb the artists as they work.

Wednesday, May 19th – Sunday May 23rd: Open during normal Garden hours, 10am – 4pm

Saturday, May 22nd 9am – 1oam: Special Members only private viewing.  Click here for more details and to RSVP.