October Workshop


Our monthly meeting and first workshop of the 2021-2022 fiscal year will be held in the Palm Room at the Los Angeles Arboretum on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

  • Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • Location: Palm Room at the Los Angeles Arboretum - 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

  • Time: Pre-meeting social time will begin at 9:30am with coffee, tea and light refreshments; the meeting/workshop starts at 10:00 am.

  • To attend, complete and submit this registration form by Thursday, October 14, 2021 >>

Workshop Supplies & Materials

  • Vase/vessel/Container: Bring your own - any type is fine

  • Kenzan: Bring your own - your choice to use it or not

  • Flower Scissors: Bring your own

  • Materials: Will be provided

About the Workshop Facilitator

Zoltan Tokes will conduct our Sunday, October 17, 2021 workshop. He will introduce Sogetsu and the related arrangements which he made in Europe. His emphasis will be on arrangements using plant roots, bare stems, dried branches, rocks, and even tree bark – all of which offer amazing opportunities to create ikebana arrangements. Zoltan will have a large variety of material, including some flowers without green leaves. Students should be prepared to use their imaginations in creating this free style arrangement.


Please register for this workshop by completing this form and returning it to Michiyo Nakamura wi

th your registration fee. As always, you are welcome to bring a friend to any of our workshops at the non-member registration fee.


<< Download and mail the October Workshop Registration >>


Born in 1940 in Budapest, Hungary during the tumultuous times of World War II, Zoltan experienced a chaotic childhood. He lost his father, was deported with his mother and brother to a remote village, released 2 years later but forbidden from returning home to Budapest, and finally escaped during the Hungarian Revolution (1956) to Vienna and then to the U.S. In Los Angeles, he found opportunities for education and advancement. He received an excellent education at USC that eventually led to graduate work and a PhD at Caltech.


Zoltan joined the faculty of the medical school at USC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where he was fortunate to teach and to receive financial support for his research for 47 years. Science is propelled by discovery. In his particular area, the discovery involved the inhibitors of tumor cell growth. It offered opportunities to discover Alzheimer effects. His group developed drug delivery using liposomes.


His is interested in the unusual, the hidden behind the obvious that brings surprise; the unpredictable circumstance that carries a particular beauty. His career has been in science, specifically molecular biology where nature reveals itself in unpredictable manner. An awareness that continued to grow throughout the years during six years of research at Caltech, one year in Malaysia with plant enzymes, and three years in Basel Switzerland.


The habit of science permeated the way he operates routinely. Zoltan became interested in Japanese Ikebana about 28 years ago. Currently his awareness brings him closer to the surprises of ignored nature: discarded leaves, bark, roots, and stems are photographed in surprising detail that elevates their special attributes: pattern, color, intricacy. The traditional Japanese art of Ikebana and the work of science have combined to bring him the pleasure of continued exploration and discovery.

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