After returning to Sydney in 2000 after 7 years O/S, Rosemary started Ikebana classes with Sensei Yoshiro Umemura in 2001 (at the suggestion of Margaret Hall). A lifelong love of flowers now had a new and wonderful focus.
Rosemary has served on the A.S.T.A. committee and was the fundraiser coordinator in 2010 for the ‘50 years’ celebration attended by our Iomoto Akane Teshigahara.
Inspired by Margaret (a very talented potter) Rosemary also joined the Bermagui Country Club Art & Craft Society Ceramics Group. She has had much joy creating arrangements, with her native Bermagui plant material, using her own containers.
Yoshi Umemura still conducts classes once per month for about 10 of the “old” students. A very happy time for all.
Rosemary’s only student is her youngest granddaughter Lucy (born 2016). There is always a miniature arrangement in Rosemary’s hallway. At each visit Lucy has stood & gazed silently. On arrival at Greenwich, she now goes round the garden collecting tiny material, then sits at the kitchen table, using the small containers, arranging intently.