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Ikebana International is a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956 to promote friendship among the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, there are 161 chapters of Ikebana International in over 50 countries / areas with a membership of approximately 7,600 persons.

The Washington, D.C. Chapter is proud to be the first chapter (Chapter No. 1) of Ikebana International with a membership of over 240 dedicated individuals, including many talented teachers.