I have noticed that western style gardens _ such as those seen in big castles, for example _ characterize themselves by man_made forms that generally follow symmetric patterns. In contrast, Japanese gardens, while also man_made, always try to recreate lifelike landscapes, by using not only botanical elements but also water, gravel, rocks and other natural components. In a similar manner, when compared to western floral arrangements, Ikebana compositions also have a stronger emphasis in reproducing natural settings.
Flowers make a great gift. No matter the age or sex of the receiver, you can be sure that it will brighten their day. It is also a gift that in its own unique way is a form of art. There is much thought and creativity involved in floristry. Styles and designs differ between era, nations and from florist to florist.