July 23, 2013
August 17, 2013

Design by Lee LaPointe

Design by Kaye Vosburgh

Design by Betty McCarthy

June, July, and August will bring more to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens than glorious gardens at their peak. A trio of noted floral designers will offer a new series of demonstrations and workshops in Sogetsu Ikebana, a style of Japanese flower arranging that has inspired the life and work of each of them.      

Leontine (“Lee”) LaPointe, a floral-design expert and a member of the Gardens’ board of directors, will host the series. She will be the instructor for the June sessions and has invited Kaye Vosburgh and Betty McCarthy, two of her colleagues from the professional design circle, to teach in July and August. Each will present a morning demonstration and a hands-on workshop the same afternoon. Ample time will be allotted in the workshops for a constructive critique of each design (you’ll find brief bios below the program descriptions).

Novice and experienced flower arrangers alike are welcome to  participate in the three lively days of color and creativity outlined below. The presentations will be in the spacious and elegant Bosarge Family Education Center. Reservations are required; to sign up now, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101. 

The Demos and Workshops


Monday, June 17, with Lee LaPointe

Do You See What I See?  A Floral Design Demonstration
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Lee will create interpretive floral arrangements using a variety of beautiful fresh and dried plant materials, with an emphasis on the use of natural mechanics. In this entertaining and enthusiastic presentation, she’ll demonstrate the all-important principles and elements of design as they pertain to floral art.

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FULL – Design FUNdamentals – Free-Style Flower Arranging Workshop
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Lee will begin with a brief demonstration and instruction emphasizing the pertinent principles and elements of design. Each participant will receive a container, wire, cutting bowl and all the plant materials required to create a design to take home. Participants must bring a pair of flower-stem clippers (preferably not pruning shears) and a pair of (fine) wire clippers.  An apron and camera are also recommended.

Tuesday, July 23, with Kaye Vosburgh

Create with Flowers – Summer Ikebana
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Explore the possibilities of working with summer flowers to create unexpected and unusual beauty.  Kaye will introduce the use of Japanese flower arranging insights and techniques and make contemporary designs.

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Designing an Ikebana Table Arrangement
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Use combined branches and flowers to create a refreshing, useful Ikebana design.  A black container, kenzan, and plant materials will be provided. Bring flower stem clippers/scissors and garden pruners.  

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Saturday August 17, with Betty McCarthy

Moving from Traditional to Modern Floral Design Demonstration
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Betty’s demonstration will feature the basic styles of Sogetsu Ikebana: Moribana designs in low containers, showing the water and Nagiere designs, tall designs in high containers. These will demonstrate both the basic styles and free-style that are the hallmark of Sogetsu, using fresh as well as dried and unconventional materials.

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Design an Unusual Table Arrangement Using Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Betty will begin by creating examples of this fun design concept. A variety of baskets will be provided, or bring your own favorite low-sided basket to use as a container. Participants will choose from a wide variety of materials to create a design. Each participant must bring clippers (preferably not pruning shears).

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Meet the Instructors

June 17: Leontine LaPointe
Lee became a third-generation member of the Garden Club of Nashville in 1986. Growing up with strong maternal conservation and horticultural influences, combined with a Parsons School of Design education and creative work experiences, equipped her well to enter The Garden Club of America Judging program in 1991. She became an Approved Floral Design Judge in 1998. Over the years, Lee has had the opportunity to learn from many world-renowned floral artists.  However, the ongoing study of Sogetsu Ikebana has been the most instrumental in influencing her free-style flower arranging. Lee’s floral design work has won many awards and  appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and DVDs.  She continues to judge, exhibit, perform demonstrations and conduct workshop throughout the country. 

July 23: Kaye Vosburgh
Most of Kaye’s formal training in Japanese flower arranging is in the Sogetsu School. Kaye has attained the highest rank, Riji, in that school and teaches seven classes a month in Boston, the Cape, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden and in Schenectady, N.Y. As President of Ikebana International, Boston Chapter, Kaye did the welcome arrangement at the New England Flower Show in 2010.  Garden Club work followed her Sogetsu training.  She became a Judge and is now a Master Judge and a provisional instructor, teaching National Garden Clubs judges. She is also a member of a GCA Garden Club. She has entered the New England Flower Show in Boston for many years, winning numerous awards including the Creativity Award, the GCA Zone I Bowl, and the Fenwick medal. Kaye received a Mention in the World Flower Show in 2011.

August 17, with Betty McCarthy
Betty has studied Sogetsu Ikebana for 15 years with master teacher Chieko Mihori. Sogetsu Ikebana stresses individual creativity, which is based on the Sogetsu principles of personal development. Betty has participated in numerous exhibits and workshops, in both America and Japan, and has achieved the third highest rank of teacher. Betty continues her advancement through regular participation in Sogetsu classes, exhibits, workshops and teaching Ikebana in Miami. A member of the National Garden Clubs for 20 years, Betty has won numerous blue ribbons in flower shows. She won her first blue ribbon for floral design at an International Exhibit in New York City when she was only 11 years old!