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length of the medium stem.”

Be­fore ar­rang­ing the stems and branches, trim ex­cess fo­liage, and trim the stems while they are sub­merged in wa­ter. They should be clipped at an an­gle for tree branches and straight across for flower stems, Quinn said.

“You don’t just stick them straight down into the pin board,” she said. “You an­gle them in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, some back­ward and oth­ers for­ward, to give some depth and per­spec­tive. Pay at­ten­tion to the curve of the lines, and the spa­ces be­tween the lines.”

Think about the beauty of the nat­u­ral forms, and al­low your per­son­al­ity and feel­ing to come through, Quinn said.

Ike­bana dis­plays typ­i­cally last only three to five days.

“It’s so sad when they go be­cause I’ve put so much heart into them,” Quinn said. “But ap­pre­ci­at­ing that fleet­ing beauty is re­ally the essence of what it’s all about.”

AP PHOTO/ZIJI.COM, AN­DREW YOUNG

This photo pro­vided by cour­tesy of Ziji.com shows, an ike­bana ar­range­ment by Eileen Kay, of Boulder, Colo., in a Snow Basin Suiban round vase. Kay teaches ike­bana and med­i­ta­tion. Ziji.com is an on­line store sell­ing sup­plies for ike­bana flower ar­rang­ing...

AP PHOTO/BROOK­LYN BOTANIC GAR­DEN

This un­dated photo pro­vided by cour­tesy of the Brook­lyn Botanic Gar­den shows an ike­bana flower dis­play that uses au­tumn hol­i­day ap­pro­pri­ate col­ors at a Sakura Mat­suri event held at the Brook­lyn Botanic Gar­den. The an­cient Ja­panese art of ike­bana, or...

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