My first stop in the Museum of Nature was in the rotunda area beyond the main entrance, where on two levels, a temporary exhibition was underway. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. While Western traditions tend to mass flowers together into a bouquet, this is an art that emphasizes shape, line, and form, and draws attention to things like the stem or leaves. It has two schools of thought, ohara and sogetsu, according to one of the local chapter members I spoke with; she compared the difference of the two approaches as like the differences between landscape and abstract art. Examples of both by the Ottawa chapter of ikebana floral artists were on display in this area.