It is said that the practice of flower arranging was originally used in Japan to pay tribute to the gods, and the floral arrangements were therefore considered sacred. In Japan, historical records documenting the appearance of traditional flower arrangements date back to about 500 years ago. It was in the seventeenth century that followers of this new form of artistic expression started creating the rules leading to the formation of what would eventually become the disciplinary art that is now known as Ikebana. The diversity of forms and methods that were developed over time made Ikebana a much more sophisticated form of art. In the end, Ikebana has become a discipline where the stage for the artistic expression is set by the harmony achieved through the combination of natural materials (flowers, stems and branches), the container, and the lines and forms that characterize the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
Don't forget that not every bouquet has to be a masterpiece. The important thing is to have fun, experiment, and use your creativity. You'll find lots of inspiration in magazines, on web sites, and in nature. Just find some simple looks you like, and try duplicating them at home. Over time, you'll get more confident and creative, and who knows? You may find it's a great way to make very personalized gifts. So, pick up some flowers today, and make a beautiful bouquet. You might discover a talent that's ready to bloom in you.