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IN AN AMBER GLASS compote, Mrs. Mitchell has arranged a "Nage-ire Upright" featuring chrysanthemums, the national flower of Japan, and okra pods. The yellow, green and orange tones bring out the colors in her home. DRIFTWOOD COMBINES with orange, white and green plant material to create a "Moribana Oblique". The authentic Japanese container and wooden table are used especially for flower arrangements. EDNA MITCHELL adds the finishing touches to the flower ar the Tokonoma installed in the entry way of her Harstine Japanese scroll expresses best wishes to guests. II Visitors to the ttarstine Island home of Mr. and Mrs. Reid Mitchell are greeted, as they cross the plant-studded patio, in traditional Japanese manner. A l'okonoma - an alcove in the enclosed entry way - holds a special flower arrangement and a Japanese scroll in calligraphy which expresses good wishes to guests. Often an art object is included to create a triangle phcement. Edna Mitchell is the artist beneath whose talented touch meaningful floral arrangements take lorm. She is a member and an ~ccredited teacher of the Senke Seishin School of Japanese Flower Arrangements which is an [ Ikebana School of Japan. Bor)l on Harstine" Island in 1'~2~,. ~hc il[terldett there a htt]e ted ",ch~)olhousc where, in a single xoom. a lone teacher presided over grades one through eight. After graduation from Shelton High School she was employed lor two years as a stenographer in Bremerton. There she met Reid Mitchell, to whom she was married during World War 11. Sherill and Larry, both now residing in Seattle, were born to them, and in 1970 a new grand-daughter joined the family. For 23 years the Mitchells lived in Seattle where Edna spent 15 years as a student of the art of Japanese Flower Arranging. She presented demonstrations; she lectured for many clubs; she was a formal flower show judge. "'My husband always said," Edna explained, "that if a bridge were built to the island we'd make our home on Harstine. So here we are." Reid Mitchell is the owner of Mason County Realty, and Edna is employed as his secretary. They moved into their new home a year and a half ago, and Edna is deep in the delights of landscaping. "My friends," she says, "refer to my plantings as "The Garden of l'dna". I'd like to have an authentic Japanese garden, but doubt that 1'11 ever achieve that goal. I'm too much of a plant collector.'" Mrs. Mitchell is a member of the Shelton (;arden Club and of Harstine (;range, She is a past president and charter president of the Oriental Cultural Group (;arden Club of Seattle. The Senke School was "OVER THE CLIFF" is the name of Edna Mitchell's arrangement of coral-colored dahlias and variegated Beauty Bush, which cascades over one side of the vase. founded in Japan in 1768. Edna Mitchell became friends with the Headmaster of the Senke Ikebana School, Ryoun Murai of Aitka, Japan, when he visited Seattle in July and August of 1969. The Japanese flower name given to her by the school is "Shogiku Sai", and her personal teacher was Priscilla Uno of Seattle. "Our flower arrangements," says Mrs. Mitchell, "are based on the principles of nature. We study the manner in which plants grow. This can occupy a lifetime, as there is always new material to hold the interest. Japanese Flower Arranging is a hobby that never becomes dull. We grow our own materials as much as possible in order to increase our knowledge. "We learn of symbolism in plant material, and of man's relationship to plants. The three basic lines in our arrangements are called 'Ten', 'Jin', and 'Chi', which mean, in english, 'Heaven', 'Man' and 'Earth'." According to Edna Mitchell, the Japanese create thoughtful arrangements suited to special occasions. Bamboo is used to signify faithfulness; pine, strong and masculine, depicts man while the fragile and feminine rose denotes a woman; therefore an arrangement of pine, roses and bamboo might well express a message of congratulations on a wedding anniversary. For the Japanese New Year, pine, flowering plum and bamboo is used. Pine symbolizes prosperity as constant as the green of its branches; the plum branch symbolizes hopes rising fresh and strong; the bamboo symbolizes peace and longevity and faithfulness. In Japan, both Boys' Day and Girls' Day are important dates calling for special floral accomplishments. Iris, used for Boys' Day, is accompanied by the sword-hke leal; roses, carnations or sweet peas form the (;iris' Day arrangements with small, pink double roses preferred for babies. The four seasons are recognized by the Japanese arranger, who uses in flower shows materials in their natural season despite the fact that most blossoms are now available throughout the year. Japanese Flower Arranging was begun when Buddhist missionaries from China came into Japan in 1500, bringing Ming vases. At that time the art was associated with religion and practiced only by priests. You'll find Buick's Skylark in a price class you're very used to. But with a lot of things that might be very new to you. Like Buick comfort. The rich cloth seats standard in our new Skylark 350. Thick car- peting. Even a deluxe steering wheel. And the Buick ride. Smooth and quiet. Plus Buick engineering and performance. A standard 350-cubic-inch V8 that's res- ponsive, yet economical. With Buick technical advances like nickel-plated engine exhaust valves and a semi-closed cooling system. This year, perhaps more than ever before, you ought to consider getting all this Buick- ness. Especially when you can get it Skylark-priced. now at Although the nobility was, a little who attend the school, salvage later, allowed to participate, for "It is a culture," declares Mrs. t he the duration of the century Mitchell, "that all want their ahnost every flower arranging was limited to children to learn". "No men. The Mitchells share an Japanese sh~ In present day Japan more enthusiasm for vegctable smiles. women than men are trained in gardening and a love for boatingcome from the skill, but the art is open to all and for salmon fishing. They judged." Natural gas is clean. It does not pollute the does not pollute your home. That's why we the civilized fuel. Because it protects the ment generally, as well as your individual and happiness, we know you will appreciate cleanliness of gas. But that's not the only you will like America's favorite fuel. 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