The authors present a project, and detail every piece of equipment and plant life needed for that project. They then explain in very simple language how to choose a container to use, how to keep flowers upright in it, how to cut flower stems, and how to bend thin branches.
Each project featured shows methods for a specific style of ikebana. Once you master the method, you can use it with many different flowers, grasses, and even fruit.
I liked the fact that the authors did not limit their work to a “how-to” volume, but included a brief history of ikebana to show its importance in Japan. They also define the three major ikebana schools.
When I reread the book recently, I thought how it applies no matter what your age or where you live. People everywhere enjoy having flowers around, and this book helps us all use those flowers in a way that makes them appear to be living.