What is Ikebana International?
Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization whose objective is to stimulate and perpetuate the study of ikebana and related arts throughout the world. I.I. was founded in 1956 by Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen. Its headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan, with 260 chapters scattered world wide. The Rochester Chapter was founded by Mrs. Alice Friederich in 1961. It has developed into a vibrant group of members from very diverse backgrounds and heritage, but with a common bond of love for flowers and a passion for the art of ikebana. While continuing to study this art form through monthly workshops and study groups, they maintain the motto of Ikebana International, which is: “Friendship through flowers.”