This profusely illustrated book by an expert in the Japanese art of flower arrangement surveys many techniques, from ancient to modern. American writer Mary Averill (1866–1954) offers practical advice drawn from her direct experience of the importance of flowers to daily life in Japan. More than 80 drawings depict the finer details of choosing flowers, proper use of foliage, combining different varieties of flowers, and the symbolism involved. Averill, also known as Kwashinsai Kiyokumei, was proficient in the Japanese art of ikebana and the author of Japanese Flower Arrangement Applied to Western Needs. Averill embraced all the varied schools of Japanese flower arrangement, focusing on those producing the most attractive decorative effects and those exhibiting natural taste. She provides both novices and experienced flower arrangers with an informed and accessible guide to incorporating the beauty of this timeless art form into their everyday lives.