All Roads Lead to Dallas!

It’s official!  The 18th Ikebana International North and Central American Regional Conference in 2019 will be held in Dallas/Fort Worth!  Your host chapters will be Dallas Chapter 13 and Fort Worth Chapter 38.  And our theme is “Grow Ikebana”!

  • Chairperson –  Patricia O’Reilly, of Dallas Chapter 13.
  • Co-Chairperson –  Sandra Prachyl, representing Fort Worth Chapter 38.

Here are some of the great things you can start looking forward to.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth is easily accessible, with direct flights from almost anywhere in the world to DFW or, in the U.S to Dallas Love.
  • Dallas and Fort Worth are loaded with arts and culture!  The host hotel, The Sheraton is right in the heart of the arts district and within walking distance of numerous museums, live theater, parks other performing art venues – and the Neiman Marcus flagship store!   Your Sheraton and/or Marriott rewards will be available.  The hotel is very upscale!! The price for the hotel rooms will only be about $10 more than 10 years ago.
  • The official dates are Oct. 27-31, 2019.  This is a very festive time of the year in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, full of garden tours, art and music festivals, and sporting events and, of course, the great State Fair of Texas!
  • A Facebook Page has been set up to keep you up to date.  This Facebook page will provide ongoing information about what’s going on in Dallas and Fort Worth.  We will keep you apprised of new events, major transportation changes, etc., so you can start your planning as soon as possible!  You will also be able to exchange information on this Facebook Page.
  • The website for this conference has been established and the link is – (insert link here )

In the meantime, you can contact Sandra Prachyl (Fort Worth Chapter 38) or Patricia O’Reilly (Dallas Chapter 13) at:18thNCARC@gmail.com

Our featured Guest Ikebana Artist is Headmaster Designate Mrs. Senko Ikenobo, who will exhibit a special arrangement and present a demonstration.  Professor Manabu Noda will be present to conduct Ikenobo workshops.

We will also have guest ikebana artists representing the Sogetsu, Ohara and Ichiyo schools.  Each will present a demonstration and conduct workshops.

We are planning:

  • 8 or more Ikebana workshops
  • A daily container market
  • Several cultural workshops
  • Touring events for before and after the weeklong event.

Following the ribbon cutting marking the opening of the Exhibition by our special Honorary Chairpeople, newly arrived Consul General of Japan in Houston, Mr. Hideo Fukushima and Mrs. Fukushima, we will welcome you in grand Texas style – Dinner with Texas BBQ, country band, line dancing and more.  Don’t forget your jeans and boots!

We have planned a very exciting week of Ikebana activities and more.  You are welcome to come early or stay after to partake of the many fine restaurants, entertainment activities, arts and cultural events in and around Dallas and Fort Worth.

We want your experiences at the 18th North & Central American Regional Conference to be the seeds that plant ideas you take home to help GROW ikebana in your Chapter and your Community!!

We do hope you and all of your members can attend this event.  It is a wonderful time to expand your “friendships through flowers”!