Setsuko Yanagisawa, floristry teacher

Setsuko Yanagisawa
Yuga Floral Design

Yuga Floral Design

Floristry Teacher

location_on Glebe, Sydney

local_activity classes: IkebanaFlower ArrangementChristmas WreathDried Flower ArrangementFloristry

4.9 (452)
Instagram followers2k

I am a passionate qualified florist and teacher, with over 15 years of experience in floristry. I am the founder of Yuga Floral Design in Glebe.

I am specialised in Japanese (Ikebana) and European styles of arrangement. My work expresses a contemporary marriage between the exquisitely refined traditions of Japanese floral art Ikebana, and the vibrant textures and colours of Australia. I regularly provide flower arrangements for Sydney University, Sydney restaurants like Masuya Group, weddings, and more.

My Ikebana journey started at a young age, with the Ikebana that my mother created with flowers picked from the fields and gardens around our home, and has continued and evolved ever since.

Flowers to heal your soul.

Let's arrange flowers.






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Susan Gay Feb 2024


Great class with lots of useful advice.
Loved that it was so hands on, and had the opportunity to work with the different kinds of flowers.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Susan Gay - Sydney

Kaye White Feb 2024


Great class. Very informative. Teacher was very patient and happy to share her knowledge. Fully recommend it

Alison Breen Feb 2024


I received a gift voucher for my birthday to Setsuko's ikebana class. My daughter and I attended this today and we both absolutely loved our time with Setsuko. We learned much about ikebana and Setsuko had a wonderful array of flowers and foliage to choose from to make our ikebana arrangements. We took our flowers home with us and they look beautiful. I strongly recommend this class and feel it made a wonderful birthday gift. Thank you Setsuko :)

Felicia Xaveria Suteja Feb 2024


My mum and I had a great time in setsuko's class! She was very friendly and insightful. The class brought me a sense of calmness and we left feeling happy. I would definetly recommend Setsuko's ikebana class if you're looking into floristy or if you need to feel more grounded ️

The Ashleys Feb 2024


This class was a pre-COVID gift and Setsuko has been wonderful in allowing us to reschedule a few times. She is so generous in sharing her knowledge and skills. We had a lot of fun creating our arrangements and learning how to improve them. There was a wonderful variety of flowers to choose from so our creativity was truly fostered.
I would have loved to have been able to take the arrangements home but that would require us to provide our own vase and ‘flower frog’. We did bring the flowers home and I get to enjoy them in my own vases (albeit not in the Ikebana style).
I love that Ikebana uses minimal flowers, and am looking forward to applying my new skills in the future.

Kit Ching Wong Feb 2024


Had a great time and took some lovely flowers home. Thanks Setsuko for your guidance!

Floristry class review by Kit Ching Wong - Sydney

Sheryl Lee Jan 2024


Setsuko was welcoming, knowledgeable and encouraged us to tap into our creativity while offering helpful advice.
The venue was easy to find and the atmosphere very calming.
I’ve developed a love of ikebana from this experience.

Isabelle Shaw Jan 2024


Setsuko is an amazing teacher with so much knowledge about Ikebana. She guided us through the history and cultural significance of the practice before two demonstrations. Such a wonderful experience and would highly recommend to anyone thinking about learning Ikebana.

Tina La Jan 2024


Omg what an awesome class! Setsuko is amazing at teaching and she was so helpful with ensuring everyone’s bouquet visions came to life! The flowers selected were so pretty too

Floristry class review by Tina La - Sydney

Judith Pointing Jan 2024


The venue 172 St John's Road Glebe was a little difficult to find as the space is a private apartment of the teacher Setsuko Yangisawa and is located above a Greek restaurant. A waitress from the restaurant had been asked if she saw anyone that looked like they might be looking for access to the Ikebana class to direct them upstairs, which was a grey door beside the entrance to the restaurant. Signage on the grey door would have made it easy to find the class. As this area was off a small courtyard in front of the restaurant but behind a high wrought iron black fence. All class participants felt that the steps leading up to the apartment were a bit dangerous, and it felt quite odd to be entering the private home of someone.
The class had just started when I arrived, the space being used was Setsuko's dining room which opened onto a courtyard via two glass doors. The space was very small and very hot, having the courtyard doors open provided us with some respite from the hot day.
Setsoko's accent was quite strong and a little hard to understand what she was saying. There were four Japanese ladies in the class who were spoken to in Japanese, I felt that this was a positive thing for them but when you have a class and you are the teacher I felt that English should have been the main language spoken, as it was an advantage to the Japanese Students but not so for the rest of us.
The flowers were fresh and colourful. Having never done Ikebana before I was not sure they were the best choice of flower that would be suitable.
We were all supplied with a water filled bowl, soon we were given a Kenzan Flower Stand which was immersed in the water. Setsuko set about explaining the principles of Ikebana and demonstrated two examples for us. We then selected our own flowers and produced a product based on her instructions.
We were then given the opportunity to choose a vase and produce a second piece of work based on her next example. The vases were down a hallway after the kitchen and in what looked like a bedroom perhaps. The vases all lined up on shelving and on the floor. The space was a bit gloomy and dark, in fact it was right at the top of the stairs which I just happened to glance to my right and observe the descent down. Really needs a gate here to stop any falls.
I don't feel that the class was good value for money, the venue was way too small and too hot. This made for a very uncomfortable two hours. I was glad to leave carefully on the very shiny winding staircase. Setsuko mentioned that she used to have a shop front but I did not understand why she no longer had one, but ideally I think that this sort of class definitely required more space, and more light. Professionally held in a proper venue supporting the students and teacher. And not in a private home. I don't have much desire to learn any more ikebana techniques, I was not blown away from what I learnt. And truthfully I could probably do better with a book or YouTube video. Regards Judy

Chikako Nakase Jan 2024


Setsuko sensei’s explanation was very clear, easy to understand. We had variety of flowers and vases to choose from. I learned a lot and realized I need lots of practice. It was such a great experience.

Floristry class review by Chikako Nakase - Sydney

Tiffany Kuo Jan 2024


The ikebana class with Setsuko is 100% worth it. Such an authentic and peaceful experience with tips and light corrections peppered throughout so the educational aspect is not overwhelming.

Floristry class review by Tiffany Kuo - Sydney

Angela Villate Jan 2024


Great way to spend time with mum. We both loved the class. The flowers that were provided were so beautiful. The class was very useful and a good bases for practicing at home!

Phoebe Shu Jan 2024


Ikebana may look simple but it’s more complicated than it looks. Glad that I attended the class to experience the culture of Ikebana and it’s very enjoyable!

Mirand Burger Dec 2023


It was exactly what we were looking for. We learned a bit of Japanese culture and composition through doing this course. Setsuko was absolutely lovely and thought us in a very nice way, by creating wonderful energy in the room.

Audrey Blyde Dec 2023


Setsuko was very sweet and generous to have me in her studio! It was such a lovely time. She had a generous range of flowers to choose from and she is very talented! Was a pleasure.

Helen Molloy Nov 2023


Had a very enjoyable afternoon with Setsuko. We learnt about the philosophy behind Ikebana. Then observed Satsuko put together two flower displays and we also got to create two flower displays. Then critiqued and assisted to improve by Setsuko. The flower choice was really lovely.

Nao Motegi Nov 2023


Such a peaceful class! Was able to learn how to assemble a pretty bouquet and very satisfied!

Louise Reeson Oct 2023


Sensako is a wonderful teacher, providing the history & background of the art of Ikebana. She is incredibly patient and knowledgable and made us feel very welcome and shared her ideas with us to learn to creat our own arrangements.

Laraine Thomson Oct 2023


Fun relaxed and very informative class.
Great choice of foliage and flowers to use for arrangements.

Thankyou Setsuko

Kathryn Oct 2023


Thoroughly enjoyed the class inspired by the beautiful arrangements the teacher and class created.
I love the sharing of cultures and traditions.

Jessica Lightfoot Oct 2023


Setsuko was a wonderful teacher and an extremely talented artist. We had a great array of flowers to learn with and gained a great understanding of the concepts of Ikebana!

Therese Phu Oct 2023


Setsuko was an amazing teacher. We learned a little about the principles of Ikebana and Japanese culture. The class was hands on and it was a lovely way to spend a morning. Thank you!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Therese Phu - Sydney

Sonia Audoly Oct 2023


Great experience and fun. The teacher was very hands on in helping and e planning how we could create better pieces.

Yasmyn Molina Oct 2023


Setsuko was so sweet and patient and knowledgeable. She gave very easy instructions and the kindest feedback to our flower arrangements! She made the experience so peaceful and it was so inspiring to see her passion for this art. I loved this class so much and Setsuko was so inspirational and kind!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Yasmyn Molina - Sydney

Elizabeth Bourikov Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


We loved Setsuko's ikebana class. She gave us some theory before we started and a quick demo. We got to do 2 arrangements with a quick critique for each person (this was very helpful in seeing how little changes could make a big difference). It was a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with all materials provided. We went home with some beautiful flowers too! We would definitely recommend the class to others

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Elizabeth Bourikov - Sydney

Sheila Day Oct 2023


Throughly enjoyed the class
A nice relaxing afternoon
Some very helpful tips were given
Fantastic range of vases to choose from

Katie Pennel Sep 2023


Lovely intimate class with an amazing large and luxurious bouquet to take home! The whole experience was very relaxing and in a lovely environment surrounded by beautiful flowers

Floristry class review by Katie Pennel - Sydney

Jessica Bray Sep 2023


Teacher was amazing! So lovely and kind, and so skilled. We loved every second of it! Highly recommend

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Jessica Bray - Sydney

Leanne Smith Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Our instructor, Setsuko was patient and helpful. All the flowers were provided, and a lovely choice of different flowers were available. We had a great time learning new skills and planning when to put them into practice next.

Kerrie Peterson Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


A lovely restful way to spend a couple of hours seeing flower arranging with fresh eyes. Our lovely instructor, Setsuko was very knowledgeable and provided some beautiful materials - vases and flowers to work with.

Floristry class review by Kerrie Peterson - Sydney

Sophia Le Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


We were awed by the beautiful and peaceful space that Setsuko created for us to learn in.

Surrounded by plants and flowers, we welcomed Spring with a 2 hour beginners session that flew by far too quickly. My mum and I had a wonderful time and I was inspired by the history of Ikebana that Setsuko shared with us. Embracing the beauty of life and death in nature and appreciating what we have available to us.

Would recommend this class to everyone wanting to reconnect with their natural abilities to create and learn new ways of viewing the world.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Sophia Le - Sydney

Elizabeth Devine Aug 2023


Sestsuko is a delightful teacher. The class was conducted in beautiful surroundings and using fresh and stunning flowers. She created an encouraging environment to learn and provided gentle and helpful feedback on our designs. A wonderful introduction to Ikebana. Highly recommended.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Elizabeth Devine - Sydney

Monisha Chippada Aug 2023


This was such a beautiful class. Setsuko is incredibly knowledgeable, experienced and has a lovely energy that creates such a nice atmosphere to learn in. A great use of two hours.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Monisha Chippada - Sydney

Jana Hyskova Jul 2023


I have spent a lovely and relaxing couple of hours on Sunday morning with Setsuko. Setsuko is a great teacher, she introduced us to the fundamentals of Ikebana in a very simple yet informative way. I was amazed with the arrangements we have produced under her guidance!
Highly recommend this class.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jana Hyskova - Sydney

Jenny Morris Jul 2023


Just spent the most beautiful relaxing and informative 2 hours learning Ikebana. I loved the teaching perspective which was so much more than just the technique but included holistic mind/soul references ( very subtly). I was so pleased with what I produced. Highly recommend! Jenny.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jenny Morris - Sydney

Bettina Wood Jul 2023


We had an incredible Sunday morning class with Setsuko. We loved sharing our own memories about Ikebana and learning more about the history and principles. Setsuko is a beautiful person and highly recommend this class. Thank you

Naomi Martin Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I had great time at this class. I was actually the only one for the session, which made it much more personalised and I got loads of tips! I had a beautiful bouquet and was super happy with a wholesome morning. Thank you for having me!

Floristry class review by Naomi Martin - Sydney

Edwina Lye Jun 2023


We had the loveliest time learning Ikebana. The teacher is very good at expressing the elements to a successful arrangement and it's so amazing to see all the interpretations from other people in the class. Was something I did with my mum as a gift, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. A great skill to have for my next dinner party

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Edwina Lye - Sydney

Hong Dou Jun 2023


Beautiful venue with a passionate teacher. I have had a very enjoyable time and met lovely classmates. Everyone’s creative flower arrangement is so pretty and impressive under our teacher’s guidance. Such a great experience and good value for money. Highly recommended.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Hong Dou - Sydney

Tessa Yap Jun 2023


Great lesson with beautiful flowers! Would definitely recommend it to others or give as a gift!

Joanne Rutkowski Jun 2023

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Booked this for mum on Mother's day and she had a ball. A peaceful and lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Floristry class review by Joanne Rutkowski - Sydney

Amanda Han May 2023


My mum and i really enjoyed Setsuko‘s ikebana class for mother‘s day, the two hours flew by and we got to make two beautiful arrangements. We loved the small class size and the history behind the practice, would highly recommend!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Amanda Han - Sydney

Yuni Prasetianingsih May 2023


Learn a basil trick to make a hand bouquets in few styles . All materials were provided so it’s easy & no hassle , and going home with a beautiful flowers bouquet

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Yuni Prasetianingsih - Sydney

Elaine Sander May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The Ikebana class was better than we hoped with a lovely mix of flower arranging and mindfulness.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Elaine Sander - Sydney

Amy Coughlan May 2023


I loved my experience and learnt a lot from the teacher, Setsuko. She was lovely, helpful and also had a very calming presence.

Highly recommend

Bowie You May 2023


It was a fun, relaxing and philosophical experience. I really enjoyed it! Highly recommended! Yay

Mirjam Grari May 2023


Great ikebana flower arrangement workshop at Setsuko’s lovely home and studio in Glebe. Setsuko will give you feedback and help you arrange your flowers in a way that you’ve never thought of before. Great for friends-groups, couples or solo.

Floristry class review by Mirjam Grari - Sydney

Michelle Brown Apr 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


The venue was filled with the most gorgeous flowers. The flowers for our bouquet were in the most lovely shades and there was a variety of blooms to use. The teacher was highly experienced and i would definately go to another class.

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Michelle Brown - Sydney

Michelle Brown Apr 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


Such a beautiful experience, the teacher was fantastic, creative and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this class for anyone who loves flowers and being creative.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Michelle Brown - Sydney

Joshua Habib Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko was a fantastic teacher, carefully explained the technique required to make a bouquet and provided everyone in the class equal amounts of attention and assistance. The bouquet at the end was beautiful with such a lovely selection of flowers. Would definitely recommend driving instead of public transport as it was massive.

Lily O'Sullivan Apr 2023


Really lovely class, informative and creative. Setsuko was very supportive and guiding. I really enjoyed this class and will take it with me as a new hobby I have found.

Sara Fearnley Mar 2023


A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Setsuko was lovely and provided us with all the materials we needed, including a variety of fresh flowers. One of the best parts of the workshop was being able to take home our creations - wrapped in beautiful paper.

Floristry class review by Sara Fearnley - Sydney

Lucy Chung Mar 2023


I throughly enjoy the class. The teacher is very experienced and can help students to transform their arrangements into very beautiful pieces of art. The setting is very pleasant and many flowers to choose from. I would recommend this class to anyone who want to learn Ikebana arrangement.

Emily Shen Mar 2023


This is a wonderful class that is really relaxing to do on the weekend. As part of the class, you get to witness a number of different arrangements and styles and then you get the opportunity to do two arrangements of your own. All materials are provided on site and you get to keep your flowers at the end.

Setsuko is very knowledgeable and has a great eye - she made a few tweaks to my arrangements that really took them to the next level.

I highly recommend this class and will likely return again in future!

Floristry class review by Emily Shen - Sydney

Viola Tanaya Mar 2023

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews


I love the class with Setsuko. She gives direction according to our own arrangement ideas

Floristry class review by Viola Tanaya - Sydney

Cath Simpson Feb 2023


Doing ikebana with Setsuko was both meditative & inspiring. Thanks for a beautiful couple of hours!

Mike Simmons Feb 2023


Learned alot about how to care for flowers and how to arrange them
Came home with beautiful bouquet
I would not recommend going if you have mobility issues as the staircase is treacherous
The teachers were both very informative

Floristry class review by Mike Simmons - Sydney

Candice Care-Unger Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


We had a lovely afternoon. Good size class (small) and an encouraging and helpful teacher. Everyone left with something beautiful (even those with no idea).

Floristry class review by Candice Care-Unger - Sydney

Nicola Guy Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


A fabulous class led by Setsuko. An amazing selection of flowers with great balance between teaching by Setsuko and finding your own creative flair. A lovely sized group too.

Floristry class review by Nicola Guy - Sydney

Kathy Mestre Feb 2023


A demonstration on how to make an arrangement would have been a great way to start the class.
There was a nice selection of preserved flowers. But I think the class is a little over priced.

Elizabeth Newton Feb 2023


Very enjoyable and pleasant atmosphere. Technique teaching very good with lots of individual attention. Generous supply of floral and other materials. It was interesting that despite all having similar materials to work with, each participant produced individual bouquets, and this added to the richness of the learning experience.

Bruce Remmer Jan 2023


Setsuko was charming and delightful. What a wonderful class surrounded by such beautiful flowers. Highly recommended.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Bruce Remmer - Sydney

Dana Bourke Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Overall a very enjoyable experience! Setsuko provided great guidance and was very knowledgeable. She was very good at providing guidance while also giving us space to experiment. Would recommend.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Dana Bourke - Sydney

Daphne Liu Jan 2023


The class with Setsuko was great fun and it was an enjoyable learning activity to do with friends or family! :)

Floristry class review by Daphne Liu - Sydney

Ann Arnott Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


A calming learning experience from a caring teacher. How to make so few flowers and greenery look so good! Highly recommend. And then quench your thirst at the nearby watering hole, too handy.

Floristry class review by Ann Arnott - Sydney

Ann Arnott Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


A calming learning experience from a caring teacher. How to make so few flowers and greenery look so good! Highly recommend. And then quench your thirst at the nearby watering hole, too handy.

Floristry class review by Ann Arnott - Sydney

Annette Laurie Jan 2023


The Ikebana class with Setsuko was very relaxing and informative.
The class learned some historical information about this particular type of flower arrangement, a little about Kyoto and Japanese culture.
The teacher provided beautiful flower for us to practise some Ikebana .
A wonder experience in beautiful surroundings.
Thank you.

Gaby Marino Dec 2022


Great way to spend a saturday morning - learning a lot in a relaxed environment! Still staring at my beautiful bouquet days later!

Erin Ireland Dec 2022


What a fantastic experience. Setsuko was patient and explained everything well. The venue and supplies were faultless. I highly recommend this class to any novice to bouquet making flower loving out there!

Floristry class review by Erin Ireland - Sydney

Priscilla Gregory Dec 2022


Mum and I had a great day with Setsuko! Mum loves flowers and she loved arranging the flowers and having a chat with Setsuko!
Thank you

Eugenia Vo Nov 2022


Setsuko is very knowledgeable in the art of ikebana. It was very interesting to learn about the history of Japanese flower arrangement. Setsuko was very welcoming of us into her home, and was gentle, patient and helpful in her teaching. There were a vast variety of florals to choose from during the class, and we were able to bring our arrangements home. I highly recommend Setsuko's class for anyone who is looking for a calming and enjoyable activity to spend your afternoon.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Eugenia Vo - Sydney

Viola Tanaya Nov 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews


The teacher is very knowledgeable regarding the topic. I love the class (especially the japanese maple and peony flowers!), i think it is also a healing for me.

Floristry class review by Viola Tanaya - Sydney

Jessica Blackburn Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Teacher very knowledgeable and very interesting. The class was taught from her kitchen table in her kitchen. The flowers were good quality and very beautiful, but at the end of the class you remove your flowers from their arrangement and just wrap them up in cellophane to take home, this sort of defeats the purpose of making a striking arrangement. You also need to buy separately the special stand that the flowers sit on, to make them stand up ($35) if you want to recreate the look at home.

Floristry class review by Jessica Blackburn - Sydney

Kerrie Acocks Nov 2022


A wonderful workshop, very patient teacher. Would recommend this class to anyone but loved doing it with one of by girlfriends. Stunning and fresh flowers in a beautiful surroundings.

Floristry class review by Kerrie Acocks - Sydney

Penelope Walster Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I highly recommend this class, I learnt so much about the the techniques of putting together a beautiful bouquet of flowers from fresh market picked flowers. The teacher Setsuko was very friendly, helpful and very informative. I am definitely going back to do the Ikebana Flower Arranging Workshop she offers!

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Penelope Walster - Sydney

Janne McKay Oct 2022


Setsuko was organised and all materials provided. It was a lovely peaceful afternoon and I learned a lot.

Anne-Maree Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Didn't seem organised. Would have been a nice touch to provide Japanese tea or some refreshment. No mention of where amenities were.

Andrew Hickey Oct 2022


The class was excellent. Setsuko was an experienced and patient teacher who provided an interesting and easy to understand demonstration.
Students were then given freedom to create their own arrangements with any of the flowers available. Everything was provided and the whole process was fun and relaxing. The class was held in a cozy and welcoming environment. I would definitely recommend this class, especially for a group of friends coming together.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Andrew Hickey - Sydney

Susan Cruickshank Oct 2022


The teacher was gentle in how she instructed us and gave us insights in to how to place the flowers in the vase and a reason for placing them in certain ways. We had more than enough choice of flowers for what we wanted to do.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Susan Cruickshank - Sydney

Katie Mackey Oct 2022


Setsuko is a lovely & supportive teacher.
Lots of flower varieties available.
Fun, enjoyable and informative class.

Floristry class review by Katie Mackey - Sydney

Vanessa Moser Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The class was fun & informative for beginners like me and most of all it's about what speaks to you. There's no pressure. Setsuko is very lovely and helpful.

Emma Kean Oct 2022


It was a lovely quiet space to get creative with the beautiful blooms. Thanks so much!

James Anvia Oct 2022

42 ClassBento workshops attended • 29 reviews


great teacher and helpful and suportive and created nice arrangement

enjoyable and venue good and nice supportive enviroment ,,,great experience

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by James Anvia - Sydney

James Anvia Oct 2022

42 ClassBento workshops attended • 29 reviews


great teacher indeed and helpful knowledgable
great venue good helpful ,,, had support all time and thanks so much

Floristry class review by James Anvia - Sydney

Jae Chung Oct 2022


Our teacher was very friendly and instructive, and the small group cap made it a more intimate and enjoyable experience. Happy to try again in the future!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jae Chung - Sydney

Faria Ahmed Oct 2022


Loved the class size and the nice space to get creative. Learned alot and was very inspired to make my own at home. Thank you to Setsuko Yanagisawa for hosting and teaching us.

Great experience!

Floristry class review by Faria Ahmed - Sydney

Vanessa Mozayani Sep 2022

26 ClassBento workshops attended • 26 reviews


Setsuko was a friendly teacher. I attended the class with my sister and mum. We loved learning about the ikebana artform and we’re encouraged to create two beautiful arrangements. Setsuko gave great feedback to improve our arrangements.

Floristry class review by Vanessa Mozayani - Sydney

Karen Lawson-Smith Sep 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko was very knowledgeable and warm. She answered all my questions and it was a great class!

Kerry Cheng Sep 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I really enjoyed the class! I learnt about how to set preserved flowers today. Thank you setsuko!

Floristry class review by Kerry Cheng - Sydney

Carissa Kristanti Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


we enjoyed the class, Setsuko's great and we love the flower selection. highly Recommended! :)

Sabrina Khong Sep 2022


Class was great and setsuko was very thorough and attentive. Thank you for the pretty flowers and the experience. I’ll definitely come for more !

Floristry class review by Sabrina Khong - Sydney

April Sep 2022


Very informative and fun, we learned a lot about the basics of ikebana and did 2 flower arrangements. Setsuko was also super engaging and the time flew by!

Floristry class review by April  - Sydney

Ming Sep 2022


Setsuko Sensei was a patient and funny teacher, and her sensitive remarks and observations are endearing and humbling. We found time flew by quickly as we immersed ourselves with observing the flowers and Setsuko’s teachings closely. It was a really calming experience and has made me want to have a go at home!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Ming  - Sydney

Patti Bai Sep 2022


Setsuko was a wonderful teacher with a calming presence and gave us a clear introduction to Ikebana. My friends and I had a lovely morning and were pleasantly surprised by how well our arrangements turned out.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Patti Bai - Sydney

Jannene Milne Sep 2022


It was a very enjoyable and informative session delivered in a relaxed manner, made more interesting by background information about the art and the country it comes from.

Angela Balafas Sep 2022


Great way to spend an afternoon. Learnt some great tips. Took flowers home and recreated arrangements beautifully.

Sarah Bakker Aug 2022


Lovely and helpful teacher. Learnt a lot and got to keep a beautiful bouquet at the end. Highly recommend. A very peaceful way to spend an hour

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Sarah Bakker - Sydney

Minnie Cai Aug 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Enjoyable class to attend with many flower choices to make arrangements. Setsuko was very helpful and friendly

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Minnie Cai - Sydney

Briar Clark Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Such an informative class, learned so much about the history of ikebana as well as the technical aspects of the arrangement style. Very helpful and attentive. Flowers were very good quality and there was a diverse range of blooms to use.

Floristry class review by Briar Clark - Sydney

Kate Lark Aug 2022


My sister and I did this ikebana session together for my birthday. Setsuko was fabulous and beautifully demonstrated the basics of flower placement into the vase: the vase; the flowers, the stalks and leaves; and the lines. We created two each of our own choosing, took the flowers home, and did it all over again.
We had such fun, thank you so much Setsuko! Highly recommended!

Floristry class review by Kate Lark - Sydney

Florence Cheing Aug 2022


Sensei Is very knowledgeable, my sister an I arranged beautiful bouquets . Thank you for the experience.

Dawn Uchida Aug 2022

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


Setsuko's class was wonderful, her teaching was clear and we made two different styles of Ikebana. I did this with my mother and we had a great time learning the beautiful beginnings of Ikebana. Highly recommend and looking forward to doing more classes in future!

Floristry class review by Dawn Uchida - Sydney

Liliana Paton Aug 2022


The teacher was great very helpful and it was a rewarding experience one I would recommend to many.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Liliana Paton - Sydney

Tamesin Elliott Aug 2022


This was such a great experience! The space was lovely, the Ikebana vases were exquisite, and the teacher was beautiful. I loved every minute. Very peaceful and relaxing, the perfect Saturday afternoon. I went by myself, and everyone else in the class was lovely.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Tamesin Elliott - Sydney

Marianna Clark Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Setsuko was a wonderful teacher! Not only did she provide a vast array (but curated, so as to not be overwhlemed) of dried & preserved flowers/grasses/leaves/etc. but with the small class size it was so easy to get her advise and encouragement as you put your arrangement together. I would definitely recommend this class - I had a lot of fun, and came away with a lovely finished product.

Floristry class review by Marianna Clark - Sydney

Annie Le Aug 2022


I learned about the history of ikebana and the principles behind arranging the flowers. The instructor is well versed and has years of experience in arranging flowers. The class is limited to a few students and that is okay because the instructor can really supervise each students’ works. There’s a lot of flowers to choose from. I can say that overall, I’m happy with the ikebana class and it’s good value for money.

Novita Yudhiari Aug 2022


Had a good time joining this class . Teacher is friendly and very helpful Thank you

Floristry class review by Novita Yudhiari - Sydney

Christine Simpson Aug 2022


Good instruction on basic principles of Ikebana with many lovely flowers to choose from in our 2 arrangements.

Kara Garrett Aug 2022


Great experience! The teacher was very flexible in helping us create our vision and gave lots of tips and tricks without taking over. The flowers provided were gorgeous!

Floristry class review by Kara Garrett - Sydney

Jade Wood Jul 2022


Setsuko's class was amazing! She was very skilled and knowledgeable and enabled us to create amazing floral arrangements.

Floristry class review by Jade Wood - Sydney

Robyn Freer Jul 2022


Lovely workshop with lots of great ideas and quality flowers - I’m so happy with my bouquet! Thank you Setsuko for sharing your talents

Floristry class review by Robyn Freer - Sydney

Michelle Redfern Jul 2022


Setsuko is patient, inspiring and relaxed. She is a lovely story teller with lots of interesting information about the culture and history of Ikebana. Her studio is full of beautiful flowers in abundance! Very artistic approach to display the arrangement of flowers. Thank you :)

Floristry class review by Michelle Redfern - Sydney

Cheree Martin Jul 2022


Great, Setsuko makes it easy to comprehend and understand. Lovely teacher. Thank you. We had a great day :)

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Cheree Martin - Sydney

April L Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko is a lovely teacher,I had a great time, it is a relaxing and pleasant way to spend the weekend :)

Julienne Gillam May 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended


This was a delightful way to spend 2 hours having a go at ikebana.
It was a wonderful introduction to the history of ikebana followed by along two different demos and then giving it a go!
Setsuko is a gem.

Floristry class review by Julienne Gillam - Sydney

Joshua Cruz May 2022


Setsuko was a great teacher. Showed us how to make it first and guided us when making our own. Had a nice little balcony where you can take photos with your completed bouquets. It’s pricey but considering you get to keep your bouquet which would often cost over 2/3 the price this is actually a pretty decent deal. Overall very pleasant and relaxing way to spend the afternoon with mum on Mother’s Day.

Floristry class review by Joshua Cruz - Sydney

Caitlin Rose May 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Very relaxing class and teacher, it is self paced and so easy is definitely beginner friendly.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Caitlin Rose - Sydney

Amy Guan Apr 2022


This class was so fun and relaxing. Setsuko was very knowledgeable and I’m stoked with the end results

Phuong Lai Apr 2022


We booked Setsuko for my friend's hens. The class was very relaxing and chilled. She was a great teacher. We learnt so much about Japanese culture and Japanese flower arrangements. Definitely recommend!

Tegan McLaren Apr 2022


Absolutely amazing, great way to start a Saturday morning, would recommend for friends to do together.

Floristry class review by Tegan McLaren - Sydney

Daisy Lam Mar 2022


Setsuko is a very experienced teacher. She is patience and gives us many tips on flower arranging.
The venue is clean and comfy, easy parking on the street.
All materials were provided. Just need to sit back, enjoy and have fun! And you get to keep your own final masterpiece at the end of the class!

Winnie Tang Mar 2022


Very engaging and helpful class that explains both the theory and practical side of the art of ikebana.

Damian Callinan Mar 2022


The class was a gift for a family member. Their experience was overwhelmingly positive. They reported the teacher was lovely and very instructive. The group theydid the class with were very friendly. Overall they enjoyed it immensely.

Catherine Lunsmann Mar 2022


Our ikebana class was a lot of fun. Setsuko quietly guided us in making beautiful arrangements based on classic Japanese themes using a wide variety of flowers and plants.

Mark French Mar 2022


Wonderful, relaxing and beautiful flowers to work with. I have an even greater respect for plants and flowers now. Reccomend it thoroughly.

Naomi Long Mar 2022


My friend and I attended the preserved flower arrangement class and had a blast! The teacher Setsuko was really lovely, gave us guidance and helped us perfect our arrangements as we went. We both walked out of the class very happy with two beautiful arrangements.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Naomi Long - Sydney

Chloe Wu Mar 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Setsuko was kind and helpful. This is my first time trying ikebana and I totally loved it! Also loved the teaching environment, very calming and comfortable.

Floristry class review by Chloe Wu - Sydney

Febe Atienza Feb 2022


The teacher is helpful. The venue great.
Not great value for money as not much dried flowers to choose from with the flower arrangement I want, and I am probably expecting something unique Japanese floral arrangement as I already know the basic flower arrangement.
I am very disappointed that I did not check the back of my flower arrangement because the foam was not covered.

Anna Jahjah Feb 2022


Teacher was lovely and very knowledgeable.
We had a lot of fun and will be practicing at home.
Materials were abundant and high quality

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Anna Jahjah - Sydney

Naomi Diamond Feb 2022


I loved this class. The teacher was informative and really helpful and I loved the space. I throughly enjoyed myself.

Marie Seizilles Feb 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Great class with Setsuko.
She is an experienced florist with great tips. You can really express your creativity in this class but she is also here to help if needed.

Floristry class review by Marie Seizilles - Sydney

Caroline Tai Jan 2022


Very interesting enjoyable couple of hours
The teacher is very informative
I Will take another friend for her birthday.

Floristry class review by Caroline Tai - Sydney

Sukanya Jampakaew Jan 2022


It was enjoyable day , the teacher is so lovely and kind, i know nothing about the bouquet of flowers now i can do my own one after this workshop , will definitely joy a class again .

Floristry class review by Sukanya Jampakaew - Sydney

Robert Swift Jan 2022


I bought three places as a unique Christmas gift for my wife and two daughters. They LOVED it. Setsuko was very welcoming and provided just the right amount of guidance for them as novices. The setting was by all accounts calm, very charming and the whole experience was a lot of fun.

Berty Lissan Dec 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Have no doubt if Setsuko always great for the art of ikebana. But I will not suggest to take the class during summer. Attended her class with my friend on the 18/12/21 and it was quite a hot day. The class was stuffy and hot like in the sauna, no air conditioning or a fan. Therefore, I couldn't do what the instruction being given, then she started to raise her voice to me. I'm getting better after cooling down with a glass of ice water being provided, and everything back as good as before.
Definitely would love to go back for another class with her, but after summer time.

Regards,

Berty Lissan

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Berty Lissan - Sydney

Sue Ong Dec 2021


Setsuko was great! She provided great tips and demonstrated how to put together a lovely bouquet easily.

Floristry class review by Sue Ong - Sydney

Ilknur Tulunay Dec 2021


Setsuko is kind and warm-hearted. She explained well and in details. It was a joyful and wonderful experience. Thank you, Setsuko sensei.

Jay Marshall Dec 2021


We had an excellent time with Setsuko. Thoroughly enjoyed our lesson and the explanation of the concepts and history behind ikebana.

Floristry class review by Jay Marshall - Sydney

Yena Jeong Dec 2021


Awesome experience. Easy to follow, the teacher gives feedback and it was really great. Recommend this class.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Yena Jeong - Sydney

Maria Ariffin Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko san very patient and informative in teaching to make something so simple appear very beautiful. The flower arrangement was fun and soothing.

Berty Lissan Dec 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Setsuko was amazing, She's explained and teach the art of Ikebana very clear and details. The provided materials were good and the venue really relaxing and home-sweet-home. It's a small class, therefore she gives a good attention to each person during the class time. Definitely will back for Ikebana course or even other floral design class by Setsuko.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Berty Lissan - Sydney

Lucy Yang Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Loved the experience and learning about the history of this art. The little touches Setsuko adds really makes the arrangements have that poetic beauty.

Elizabeth Brewer Dec 2021


The teacher was great, venue and materials good. Only comment parking hard, need to allow lots of time to find s parking spot. Enjoyed my class tremendously. Thank you.

Sue Martyn Nov 2021


Delightful morning class in Ikibana flower arranging. Relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful flowers to chose from and Setsuko very generous with her time and knowledge.

Melina Boskovic Nov 2021


It was a lovely, informative class - a bit of history & culture and a great introduction to the art of Ikebana. Setsuko was warm, inviting and encouraging. Highly recommend.

Aura Cabaero Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Setsuko is AMAZING! Very friendly and patient ❤️; she'll teach you re blending and colour balance. All materials provided. Venue is great - I feel at home
I will certainly do more class with Setsuko!

Floristry class review by Aura Cabaero - Sydney

Diana Su Nov 2021


This class was lots of fun, relaxing and enjoyable. Setsuko was warm and very informative and I will definitely come back again!

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Diana Su - Sydney

Peter Cannan Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Miss Setsuko was very well set up & prepared.A nice peaceful & relaxing 2 hours. A fun & enjoyable time,learning something new from a passionate & knowledgeable lady! Thankyou

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Peter Cannan - Sydney

Claire Atkinson Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Excellent so informative class helped one have a greater understanding of how to flowers and greenery and create meaningful personal arrangements From a cost perspective making arranging so affordable

Rukmini Singh Nov 2021

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Setsuko san is a great teacher and the content for the class was very interesting.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Rukmini Singh - Sydney

Raphael Gorrez Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Flower arrangement class with my mum for her birthday. My mum absolutely loved it. It’s not the sort of thing I normally do but I found it really enjoyable and would definitely do it again! Honestly would go again by myself ahahaha. Setsuko is great and really knowledgeable, she had so many good tips for us. Her place is so beautiful too, such a lovely ambience and made us all feel really relaxed and happy. 10/10 recommend!

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Raphael Gorrez - Sydney

Clare Thirimanne Nov 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


I thoroughly enjoyed this class and was surprised that I created a beautiful masterpiece all thanks to Setsuko’s guidance. Setsuko gave background info on preserved flowers and then demonstrated how to arrange them whilst giving tips. There was a range of preserve flowers available to select a colour scheme. Definitely worth the money and you get to take your masterpiece home

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Clare Thirimanne - Sydney

Olga Meltser Nov 2021


it was great class, very knowledgeable and helpful teacher. i really enjoyed it and could recommend it to anyone who appreciate art , flowers and meditation

Amy Ong Nov 2021


Setsuko was a wonderful and patient teacher, and my cousin and I had such a fun afternoon!

Sarah Martin Oct 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


What a lovely few hours with a wonderful teacher and beautiful flowers. I felt so happy and well afterwards

Floristry class review by Sarah Martin - Sydney

Aaliyah Khalil Oct 2021


I enjoyed my class so much! I was able to have every question answered and I was taught little tricks that can make such a big difference! It was such an amazing experience to be taught by a professional, she really opened me up to new colour schemes and techniques. Would definitely recommend

Amy Spears Oct 2021


Setsuko is a great teacher, I really enjoyed her teachings on the approach to Ikebana and she had a lovely assortment of flowers available to arrange and play with. I would highly recommend this class for anyone who likes fresh flowers, it's definitely changed my appreciation for them! Thank you Setsuko ^.^

Emma Oct 2021


Great class full of great tips that I have continued to use for all my at home floral arrangements

Emma Freeman Oct 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


The teacher was extremely good and we found the whole experience good value for money.

Jill Jun 2021


A very fun and enjoyable afternoon. Setsuko is a great teacher and the end result was lovely.

Louise Looi Jun 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Setsuko was a great insightful teacher who shared her passion and knowledge about floristry and ikebana. Her florist teaching space was lovely and she had a great range of flowers to choose from. Would recommend this course anyone interested in dipping their feet into learning a bit about ikebana.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Louise Looi - Sydney

Elizabeth Kozlov Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


It was great that we got free reign on arrangement design choice and a variety of floral options to choose from. Downfall was there was little to no direction or explanation.
It was a little overwhelming with so many options, would be good to have some displays to “replicate”

It would also have been great to learn techniques and receive a better understanding of preserved vs dried plants as the session progressed

Tessa Stevenson Jun 2021


Such a teacher and the class was the perfect pace! Thoughtfully delivered, would absolutely recommend!

Molly Weems Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Really enjoyed the bouquet workshop! I was the only person to book that day and the class still went ahead which was amazing. The teacher was detailed and made me redo the bouquet to get it perfect which I thought was great as she really made sure I knew what I was doing. Great variety of colours and flowers. Very happy

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Molly Weems - Sydney

Aji May 2021


Setsuko was a lovely teacher, who was warm and welcoming. The flowers used throughout the class were fresh and beautiful. Great experience with family members.

Carmen Ginardi May 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I found the class good, only 3 students.The teacher explained the history and idea about Ikebana.You are able to do a couple of arrangements and take the flowers home. If coming by car the parking is only 1 hour in the area.There is a cafe next door if you feel like a coffee.

Floristry class review by Carmen Ginardi - Sydney

Celine Pascual May 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I liked being able to be creative and the ability to choose the flowers that I got to arrange.

I think some simple worksheets to give to the class to outline the basic principles would be a nice addition to the class

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Wenyen Wei May 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Overall good. I’d expect a bit more dried flower selection and colors to choose from and a bit more instruction on different dried flower styles.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Wenyen Wei - Sydney

Esther Li May 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Cute workshop, lots of light and smells amazing.
Teacher was generous with materials and mum & I came home with a stylish addition to our home.

Winchelle Garcia May 2021


It was a very casual workshop. Sets ulo was very kind and personable and she had the magic touch when it came to arranging bouquets.

The venue smelled of fresh flowers and was welcoming.

The flowers provided were good although I wish there were more variety in colours but overall it was a good workshop!

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Winchelle Garcia - Sydney

Jen Jones May 2021


My Mum and I had the best time at our Ikebana class with Setsuko. Setsuko is a warm and very talented teacher.
We look forward to putting our new skills to practice and returning for a refresher class in future.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jen Jones - Sydney

Angus Laws May 2021


Definitely good value considering the amount of materials provided and what an arrangement of a similar size would cost at a retail store.
Not a step by step class, instead, the teacher provides loose guidance so you can create your own masterpiece. Every single arrangement in our class turned out beautifully, but all were very very different. It was a surprise date for me fiancé, and she loved it.

Preserved Flower Arranging Class review by Angus Laws - Sydney

Wendy Hoang May 2021


Great class and amazing experience. The teacher is very helpful and our take home arrangement fits so well in my home

Yifan Wu May 2021


Learnt how to arrange basic ikebana (生花seika style) in the class; setsuko was patient and professional; peaceful environment & relaxing experience; will definiely come back for other class

Jovita Natalie May 2021


Really enjoy the session and the teacher gave clear direction, great selection of flowers to practice with too.
The venue was homey and easily accessible even with public transport. The fact that the session today was not full capacity makes it even better with space ☺️
Sadly we do not have the option to bring back our creation.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jovita Natalie - Sydney

Natacha Quinteros May 2021


Beautiful and amazing class, the teacher knows very well about flowers art, was very useful and lovely to learn new skills and I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves flowers and decoration. Thanks for this interesting class, from the introduction till the flowers arranging.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Natacha Quinteros - Sydney

Barbara Turner May 2021


Setsuko, the facilitator, was delightful and obviously enthusiastic and very knowledgable about the craft of Ikebana. All materials were provided and we were able to take our fresh flowers away with us to recreate our arrangements at home. We each created two "sculptures" and she provided every participant with personal feedback about our efforts.

Samantha Cheung May 2021


A great introduction to ikebana. Setsuko先生 first gave a brief intro/history of japanese culture and ikebana. We then get to try two arrangements.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Samantha Cheung - Sydney

Vivien Lee May 2021


Great class - creative, fun and good to learn about the Japanese culture as well. Recommended.

Courtenay Turner May 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Loved this moment of calm during my day! I feel inspired to keep experimenting with Ikebana at home. Setsuko really inspired my mum and I to see beauty in simplicity.

Floristry class review by Courtenay Turner - Sydney

Ana Costa May 2021


Nice venue and beautiful flowers to choose from. Teacher was very creative and gave some background info.

Corinne Lee May 2021


Really enjoyed our class today on Mother's Day. My mum was so happy and had a lot of fun. Setsuko our teacher allowed us to use our creativity to make our bouquets and then gave us great tips on how to make it look even better. I feel that the class was worth it because you get to take your bouquets home ! The atmosphere was chill and the shop was cosy and a great learning space. Would definitely recommend the class to others.

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Corinne Lee - Sydney

Paige Zhou May 2021


It was great to attend this class. We totally enjoyed it. The flowers are beautiful and the teacher is very patient and helpful! Thanks!

Elena Withmory Apr 2021

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The teacher is very clear and an expert In flower arrangement.Her designs are unique

Siu Shiu Apr 2021

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Setsuko, the teacher, is kind and nice. The venue is neat and its atmosphere is warm. Floral material used is fresh with different varieties. I learnt that Japanese style (Ikebana) flower arranging which combines spirit of nature and spirit of human through floral arrangement. I enjoyed the rhythm and moments of relaxation throughout the workshop very much. I highly recommend this.

Young Jang Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


It was a shch great time
She was provied good meterials and demonstration, providing enough time to practice
Thank very much Setsuko you was nice teacher.
Definitly l will beck to see her.

Melissa Fagone Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko was so patient and encouraging she also gave me a little bit of background into the Japanese cultures and influences. I really appreciated her taking the time to explain everything

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Melissa Fagone - Sydney

Clare Thomas Apr 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Setsuko was a great teacher and very patience. There was a good selection of flowers, leaves, etc to choose from. With a little help and advice from Setsuko, our creations turned out very nice. A lovely, relaxing afternoon.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Clare Thomas - Sydney

Deborah Sansom Mar 2021


Setsuko was a wonderful teacher, clearly explaining the concepts, giving great examples and helpful and encouraging feedback. The setting was peaceful with the lovely scent of fresh flowers all around and beautiful flowers to work with creating our arrangements. Very informative, relaxing and worthwhile!

Grant Hemphill Mar 2021


It was a great class that covered several aspects of the Japanese culture as well as being informative in Ikebane. An eye opener on different methods of presentation and vases

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Grant Hemphill - Sydney

Henry Phu Mar 2021


Setsuko is nice and kind. A great session with her. Nice Bouquet we made today!

Helen Dick Mar 2021


Thankyou Setsuko, I wanted to use the voucher which had been bought for me by family in New York Xmas 2018. Appreciate the fact that the voucher has a long use by date as none of us could have anticipated Covid.
The lesson was insightful. What I learnt was inspirational. It has encouraged me to
think seriously about taking a longer course where I can practise the art of balancing my flowers a little better.
Would suggest to other people that if they wanted to know a little more about Ikebana then this is the ideal class to start with. Ideal for somebody who has no knowledge but just enjoys the simplicity and design of Japanese floral art.
It was an interesting couple of hours. Thankyou.

Jason Tam Mar 2021


Setsuko taught the philosophy of ikabana showing us two different designs with freedom to use any flowers we like that's in the shop.

Mandy Fung Mar 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


This class was amazing! Setsuko was such a good teacher where she introduced how to arrange flowers nicely for beginners with no knowledge. She was also always there to help with positioning and trialing different styles.

The flowers she provided were absolutely beautiful and there were lots of them as well I highly recommend this class if you’re looking for a new hobby and love flowers.

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Mandy Fung - Sydney

Sue Yates Feb 2021


Such a lovely birthday experience.
It’s not just about the flowers, but the history and philosophy of making beautiful arrangements inspired by nature
Can’t recommend highly enough.

Floristry class review by Sue Yates - Sydney

Suzie Sabahi Feb 2021


Setsuko is a most creative and Aesthetically talented Ikebana teacher. An engaging teacher who blends the skills of traditional, fusion and contemporary flower arranging with Japanese culture.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Suzie Sabahi - Sydney

Anthony Ta Feb 2021


Absolutely enjoyed the class. Would do it again. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is interest in Japanese flower arrangements.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Anthony Ta - Sydney

Elena Withmory Feb 2021

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The teacher is friendly and clear. She explains every thing in detail. It was very useful for me.

Katharine Smith Feb 2021


Really interesting workshop creating beautifully simple arrangements. The teacher, Setsuko, was personable, informative, knowledgeable and provided guidance throughout the session. Would recommend!

Bronislawa Withnall Feb 2021


My friend and I really enjoyed Setsuko’s class, and have left with a greater appreciation for floral arrangements.
There was a wide variety of flowers and greenery to choose from, and freedom in creating your arrangement. Setsuko provides ample instruction and explanation of the thinking behind ikebana in a very relaxed, almost meditative way.
Would highly recommend this course for any lovers of flower arranging or Japanese culture!

Floristry class review by Bronislawa Withnall - Sydney

Milly Brooks Feb 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great class, lovely teacher. She had such a good eye for the arrangements and was able to make small changes to really lift our creations. Fun class!

Sharon Kwok Feb 2021


This is an excellent experience. Setsuko san is an experience Ikebana florist who offered lots and f inspiration on floral choice and arrangement. The best point of the lesson is the availability of flowers in her store-- you could find lots of interesting flowers for Ikebana that is not available in ordinary flower store. So it's not just about floral arrangement but I also learn something new about rare flowers. Wonderful experience.

Wenyen Wei Jan 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Love the flower selection, bouquet is a bit challenging but really like the outcome! Thanks Setsuko!

Floristry class review by Wenyen Wei - Sydney

Penny Beck Jan 2021


Setsuko was friendly and an excellent teacher. Her florist shop is clean and beautifully decorated. The workshop was fun and informative - a great introduction to flower arranging for beginners. I would highly recommend it to others

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Penny Beck - Sydney

Georgina Binns Jan 2021


What a fantastic class!
Our sensei Setsuko gave us a wonderful history lesson prior to starting, we created two arrangements each, which we took home. The studio was lovely and calm, easy to find and well-stocked with gorgeous flowers and plant parts. Would recommend to anyone!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Georgina Binns - Sydney

Lydia Saputra Jan 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Very relaxing and meditative. I would highly recommend this class to anyone and I would definitely come back for more. Setsuko is a great teacher who will make suggestions without interfering to much with your creativity.

Floristry class review by Lydia Saputra - Sydney

Sasha Jan 2021


Teacher was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed learning the background history of Ikebana.
The venue was intimate, perfect for a small group, and the materials supplied were beautiful.
Setsuko showed us many of the design secrets and was very helpful in showing us how to improve our designs.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who loves flowers.

Floristry class review by Sasha  - Sydney

Laura Hart Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This class was two hours of pure joy in a wonderful setting. Setsuko was a great teacher and the materials provided were excellent. I purchased the class as a birthday experience for my friend and she really loved it too. The class was truly good value for money and what we learned will save us money going forward!

Anna Pihan Jan 2021


Setsuko was a great teacher, giving us information, direction and also freedom to express ourselves while providing gentle feedback on our creations. She was very generous to give us all the flowers and leaves we used for our individual arrangements to take home with us. The class was situated in her floristry shop filled with beautiful flowers which was a perfect venue for this workshop. Would highly recommend.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Anna Pihan - Sydney

Gina Koutsogiannis Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great to get some historical background on Ikabana. Was great to see Setsuko make some amazing arrangements and applying principles and concepts to our design.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Gina Koutsogiannis - Sydney

Joan Lee Jan 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Setsuko-san was a lovely teacher, and it was great to learn a little bit about Japanese history before diving into the ikebana workshop. The florist space is so cosy and just the right size for the class. It was my first ever ikebana class and I’m keen to go back for more!

Floristry class review by Joan Lee - Sydney

Brook Ayrton Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great experience, Setsuko was lovely and taught us the aesthetic principles for the art form of Ikebana. We got to practice using the materials provided and we were able to take our arrangements to be re-designed at home. We did the course for our wedding anniversary and it was a lovely and relaxing experience.

Floristry class review by Brook Ayrton - Sydney

Fanny Lo Dec 2020


Overall a good and enjoyable experience. The only thing was I wish we learnt more about the flowers, how to pick them, the different types and how long they’ll last etc.

Wenyen Wei Dec 2020

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


The teacher demonstrated how to do the arrangement and we follow using a range of flower selection. And then the teacher give advice how to improve it (the improvement was a few small changes but turned out quite nice). Overall I think it’s a good way to spend a weekend morning. I do would like to learn more techniques.

Floristry class review by Wenyen Wei - Sydney

Meagan Lee Dec 2020


A wonderful class in a beautiful setting! Setsuko was very knowledgeable and helpful. I could have spent the whole day enjoying this peaceful, mindful activity. Thank you again, Setsuko :)

Paul Dovas Dec 2020


A great teacher and wonderful hands-on experience. Provided a solid introduction to Ikebana flower arranging

Roxanne Phan Dec 2020

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 11 reviews


Thank you so much! Nice small class and lovely venue at the flower shop. There was a great selection of flowers to choose from, the instructions was very straight forward and easy to follow. I liked that Teacher Setsuko Yanagisawa reviewed and offered suggestions to make the two arrangements we made on the day better :)

Floristry class review by Roxanne Phan - Sydney

Dina Shahin Dec 2020


It was a great experience! would have loved to learn more about types and flowers and florist techniques but other than that, great atmosphere! loved it. Thank you

Caroline McGeechan Dec 2020


Awesome workshop , enjoyed every moment and very pleased with my Christmas wreath. Teacher was fabulous and loved the Christmas music and dancing. Would highly recommend.

Karen Nguyen Dec 2020


This was such a great class to take on a Saturday morning. Really took me back to Japan with her story telling and great activity to take. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a calming and relaxing activity to let out your creativity

Caroline David Dec 2020


Amazing class. Such a wonderful experience. Thank you. Just like being in Japan for the morning.

Laura Goudswaard Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great class! The teacher was friendly and knowledgeable and had a lot of different materials and flowers for us to choose from. My friends and I all ended with a beautiful wreath!

Dried Flower Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Laura Goudswaard - Sydney

Aimee Okuda Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko is a lovely teacher and the class is a lot of calming fun. She talks through a brief history of Japan and gives us pointers as we construct our pieces.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Aimee Okuda - Sydney

Jessica Cook Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Setsuko is a gorgeous person. We thoroughly enjoyed her class and are delighted with our wreaths. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday - thanks Setsuko!

Dried Flower Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Jessica Cook - Sydney

Deb Munro Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A great class with beautiful flowers provided to make something I would never have thought I could. Setsuko gave guidance and support but allowed my style to come through. So happy with my end result!

Dried Flower Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Deb Munro - Sydney

Anonymized Customer Nov 2020

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Setsuko was a great teacher and really knows her stuff! You learn a little history about Ikebana before getting to try out a few arrangements as well. The mindfulness aspect of the class is great as you learn to take time to reflect on your work and what you're doing. Although it takes years to master the skills I definitely recommend this class to anybody wishing to relax and take a few moments for themselves and enjoy some beautiful flowers in the process!

Floristry class review by Anonymized Customer - Sydney

Michelle Dyball Nov 2020


Absolutely sensual loved loved loved
We were all so different in our creative wreath Will definitely go again

Dried Flower Christmas Wreath Making Workshop review by Michelle Dyball - Sydney

Janelle Goulding Nov 2020


Such a great class! Teacher was lovely and helpful. Would definitely recommend doing this workshop.

Floristry class review by Janelle Goulding - Sydney

Anita Wong Nov 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Wouldn't recommend this class if you want to come out:
1) With arrangements you designed yourself based on your own creativity and style - the teacher is going to change your original design completely over to her own style like she does for most people in the class
2) With a flower arrangement to show off what you learnt - all you'll get are the stems of flowers and leaves you worked with wrapped in cellophane
3) Enough theory behind how to position flowers and leaves so that they look good - you'll only get a few comments at the start and when the teacher comes over to correct you, after which you may still be left wondering how she decided to correct your arrangement the way she did
4) Feeling like it was worth the money you spent

Rachael Tsang Nov 2020


Great workshop and a nice small sized class with lovely teachers. I really enjoyed learning to make a natural wreath at Class Bento.

Simon Torok Nov 2020


The flowering arranging workshop was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Setsuko was friendly and engaging and clearly very skilled. It was a pleasure to listen to her teach techniques and offer advice, and I’m so pleased I attended her class.

Rhon Nov 2020


Setsuko was a lovely teacher, really knowledgeable and made everyone feel at ease. Lovely space to work in and loved learning about Ikebana. Really enjoyable class.

Emma Prineas Nov 2020


Excellent experience, the teacher was very knowledgable and shared her passion for her culture and ikebana.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Emma Prineas - Sydney

Joshlyne Edwina Nov 2020


Great workshop. Setsuko was really thorough when explaining how to make a bouquet and She guided us with patience when we were arranging our own bouquet. Love it.

Natalie Sousa Nov 2020


Amazing experience! my husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. Setsuko is a wonderful teacher, she provided a great mix of Japanese culture and history along with an amazing eye for detail.

Lauren Ang Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Good intro to ikebana. Really enjoyed the setting, the 1-1 feedback and small class size. Would’ve liked a bit more on the theory at the beginning and perhaps some background music :)

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Lauren Ang - Sydney

Sarah Bellon Nov 2020

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Setsuko was a lovely teacher. There were onky 2 of us in the class which was lovely. I attended a Sunday class which waa great as I was able to park right in front of the venue. It was a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

Floristry class review by Sarah Bellon - Sydney

Remy Low Nov 2020


Setsuko was a delightful teacher to spend a rainy, blustery Sunday morning with. Her light touch instructions never made us feel inadequate or overly self-conscious. It was a meditative, refreshing experience in a beautiful workshop space.

Liz Myers Nov 2020


Easy parking
Lovely teacher
Beautiful flowers
100% satisfaction
Great value for money
Would go again

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop review by Liz Myers - Sydney

Hannah Millen Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Really enjoyable class with a teacher that gives great direction, and you learn a bit about the history and background of the type/style of flower arranging.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Hannah Millen - Sydney

Jacquelyn Arnott Oct 2020


The teacher was very informative and knowledgeable.
She gently assisted us in making our flower arrangements more visually.
It was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning, playing with flowers.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Jacquelyn Arnott - Sydney

Bill Oct 2020


The venue was quaint but very suitable. The instructor gave a historical background which really set the scene fir the course. The material and tools were great. Overall a very enjoyable experience and would recommend it to others.

Floristry class review by Bill - Sydney

Paula Tambolero Oct 2020


Wonderful class! We were taught by Setsuko, who has years of experience in the field of floristry. She made it look so easy! I struggled a bit but she was so helpful and made sure I had a beautiful arrangement. The class was set in a stunning flower shop and she had a great sense of humour that made the class fun :)
Would definitely love to do this again!

Floristry class review by Paula Tambolero - Sydney

Kay Vargas Oct 2020


Really enjoyed our class.
Setsuko Has a relaxed and calming manner which set the tone for class. She briefed us on a side of Japanese culture we didn’t know.
The space is filled with plants and flowers your surrounded.
Her instructions were clear and concise without a lot of rules. When it came to our turn to create we felt open to try without feeling inhibited. We were given 3 variations to experiment.
Loved them all.
There were lots of healthy beautiful stock to choose from.
I recommend this as an activity to do on a girls day out and for couples.
It’s a very calming and relaxing an enjoyable art to do.
I will be taking what I’ve learnt into my home.
Thank you Setsuko

Floristry class review by Kay Vargas - Sydney

Toni George Oct 2020


A lovely workshop providing great take home skills. I feel inspired and confident to arrange beautiful displays in my home or birthday gifts to friends. 2 arrangements were accomplished in the 2 hours. Everyone in the 6 people class looked very pleased with there own arrangements.
Thankyou Setsuko

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class review by Toni George - Sydney

Toni George Oct 2020


Good value for money, all flowers leaves etc provided.
Everyone In the class seemto enjoy the experience

Anna Tow Oct 2020


Located in a gorgeous flower shop, the experience in spending time learning about composition and contemplating Ikebana flower arranging was a treat. It's very hands-on and Setsuko gave great advice, feedback and cultural context.