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Have an exciting workshop idea you would like to share with the community? The Foellinger- Freimann Botanical Conservatory is currently accepting class proposals for the upcoming summer and fall season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

Check out our list of classes below and/or check out the Fall Fun Times for even more FUN! 

  

Fall Programs

 

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Punkin Path

October 6-November 1, Public hours

We welcome you to the Punkin Path where you may enjoy fall surroundings in our outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best! As part of this interactive display, you are invited to take part in festive activities, photo ops and brain teasers that reveal a secret message along te way. Your favorite garden gnomes will also be back and more mischievous than ever before. Included with regular Conservatory admission.

 

1st Garden Glimpse

Showcase Exhibit Opening Day

Saturday, November 21, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Get the first glimpse of the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit and explore this newly installed garden with a specially crafted activity. Also, join our knowledgeable staff for a brief, backstage tour at either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. This exclusive opportunity is included with regular Conservatory admission on the opening day of each seasonal Showcase Exhibit in January, April, July and November. No reservations required, so drop-in!

 

$1 Nights

First Thursdays of the month, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Receive discounted admission of just $1 per person on the first Thursday night of the month starting at 5 p.m. Take advantage of free parking, and also be sure to drop-in for the $1 Night Insight (DNI) between 6-7 p.m. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in these themed educational activities offered monthly at the Conservatory! No reservation required.

DNI: Flowers of Fall

Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn about one of the most popular fall flowers, which you will see we just cannot get enough of around here! Mum’s the word…

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

You will want to sign up sooner than later for this popular holiday workshop... Join returning instructor and florist Dennis Bowman in fashioning balsam fir, cedar and pine branch tips in a fragrant evergreen centerpiece to enjoy throughout the season. Also complement your piece with festive ribbon, pine cones and a lighted feature! The registration fee even includes a visit to the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit. Participants are welcome to bring garden gloves, pruners and suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 21. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                    Date      Day                   Time

427102-R2           12/10     Th           10-11:30 am

427102-R1           12/10     Th           6-7:30 pm

427102-S1            12/12     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Alcohol Inks

Make liquid art with the effects of dye-based inks and rubbing alcohol in this creative workshop for the artist at heart. Pick your desired color scheme and join experienced instructors in applying a translucent and flowing medium on two small ceramic tiles that can be used or displayed however you choose. While your masterpiece is drying, you are invited to visit the gardens! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 22. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

427502-R1           10/29     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Wellness Rock Painting

Join the movement just in time for World Kindness Day! Take this chance to zone out and paint heartfelt messages on smooth garden rocks, which you might choose to either share with the world around you or display for your own wellbeing. It is the perfect evening to come together, and as part of your registration fee, take one last stroll through the “Present Tense, Future Calm” garden exhibit. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 5. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                    Date      Day                Time

427500-R1           11/12     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Member or Volunteer Fee: $9

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 

 

Garden Preschool

Meeting on the third Tuesdays, Garden Preschool encourages the basics of garden exploration at an early age. Learn together and assist your child side by side with garden themes and activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! Adult guardians are required to participate for the duration (no registration required). Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: September 8, October 13 and November 3. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date       Day               Time

Pumpkins and Gourds

327200-T2            10/20     T              10-11 am

Winter Sowing

327200-T4            11/10     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Succulent Christmas Tree

Design a 3D Christmas tree full of succulent cut- tings as part of this new workshop at the Botanical Conservatory! Standing at just over one foot tall, this charming succulent tree is sure to be adored throughout the holiday season. You will also learn expert tips on how to maintain and multiply plant cuttings once the season is over. Step by step facil- itation is included in addition to garden admission. Get signed up for this delightful outing where Conjure Coffee and Conservatory shopping are also within reach. Ages 15+. Registration dead- line: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

127102-S1      12/6              Su                    1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$42 Member/Volunteer Fee: $39

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

Join returning instructor and florist Dennis Bow- man in fashioning balsam fir, cedar and pine branch tips in a fragrant evergreen centerpiece to enjoy throughout the season. Also complement your piece with festive ribbon, pine cones and a lighted feature! The registration fee even includes a visit to the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit. Par- ticipants are encouraged to bring garden gloves, pruners and suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registra- tion deadline: November 21. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code               Date             Day                    Time

427102-R2     12/10            Th           10-11:30 am

427102-R1     12/10            Th              6-7:30 pm

427102-S1      12/12            Sa             9-10:30 am

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$34 Member/Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

$1 Nights

First Thursday of the Month, 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

Receive discounted admission for just $1 per person on the first Thursday night of the month starting at 5 p.m. Take advantage of free parking, and also be sure to drop-in for the DNI, $1 Night Insight between 6-7 p.m. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in these themed educational activities offered monthly at the Conservatory! No reservation required.

$1 Night Insight: Island Games

Thursday, January 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

In addition to experiencing the latest garden exhibit, come play engaging island games at the Conservatory! Also, listen to ancient tiki legends that accompany our winter Polynesian theme.

$1 Night Insight: Tropical Flowers

Thursday, February 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

This month’s spotlight is on tropical flowers, some of which you may view in the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden. Also, take this chance to brighten the season and create a Hawaiian flower clip.

  

Succulent Centerpiece Wreath

In high demand, this workshop incorporates succulent plants into a trendy wreath that can either be hung or enhanced as a centerpiece. Your house guests will surely admire this versatile and rather appealing wreath! Not only do you get to create it, you will also learn basic plant care with instruction on keeping your new succulents alive. Individual garden admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                 Date               Day                  Time

127103-R1        1/14                Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$29 Member/Volunteer Fee: $26

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Macramé Mini Shelf

Accompanied by boho macramé, this decorative wall hanging incorporates a potted houseplant sitting upon a small wooden shelf. Create one of your own with returning instructor Tiffany Welbaum who will facilitate this beginner level workshop while providing step-by-step instruction on doing simple knotting techniques with naturalized cotton rope. Take advantage of this perfect occasion by signing up with your valentine then making plans to visit the gardens, Conservatory Shop and Conjure Coffee, too! Conservatory admission included. Ages 15+.     Registration deadline: February 5. Min. 12. Max.15.

Code                 Date             Day                      Time
127500-S1        2/13             Sa               9:30-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$27 Member/Volunteer Fee: $24

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

            

Art Displays

Enjoy works of art on exhibit from local and regional artists in the Jaenicke Room at the Botanical Conservatory; open to view during public hours. Regular admission fees apply to exhibits and public receptions. Submit your own artwork for consideration by emailing Amanda.Amstutz@ cityoffortwayne.org.

Justin Taylor: Earth Garden Paintings

January-March

Public Reception: January 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Justin’s love of nature inspires his paintings of surreal landscapes and imagery. His work has drawn inspiration from his travels through the redwood forests of Oregon and the Austrian Alps. Justin also uses his education in Landscape Architecture to inform the flow and geometry of his pieces. Primarily working with oil on canvas, he brings his visions to life using rich earth tones with unconventional dashes of color to create depth of field. Justin uses scale to amplify the visual impact of his pieces. From far away, his works blend together to create a peaceful landscape, but when viewed closely, bold brush strokes and a dramatic use of color energize his work.

 

Sweetheart Orchid Bower

February 9-March 14, Public hours

The sweetest display of orchids adds a complimentary backdrop in the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden where you will encounter a cascade of striking Cattleyas, fragrant Dendrobiums, dainty Oncidiums, and moth-like Phalaenopsis. During your visit, enjoy browsing the Conservatory Shop where orchids and other plants are available for purchase. Just the occasion for a Valentine’s date! Included with regular Conservatory admission.

 

Tai Chi Tuesdays

Revive your energy levels with a four-week Tai Chi series that modifies the Sun Style Form for beginning to advanced students. Skilled instructor Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle exercise that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. Please note that morning sessions are in-person and on-site while virtual evening sessions are digital and live via Zoom where you participate from the comfort of your home. It is suggested to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins not accepted at this time. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: December 29. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code              Dates           Day                      Time

AM On-Site Tai Chi

127400-T1     1 /5-1/26        T          9:30-10:30 am

PM Virtual Tai Chi

127400-T2      1/5-1/26       T                     5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37 Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi for Relaxation

Find a sense of relaxation through the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi. This series will focus on quieting the mind, moving slowly while finding flow in your movement and developing confidence in balance and weight shifts. Well-practiced instructor Liz Monnier will also promote healing and internal harmony with user-friendly Qigong exercises. Please note that morning sessions are in-person and on-site while virtual evening sessions are digital and live via Zoom where you participate from the comfort of your home. It is suggested to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins not accepted at this time. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 26. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code              Dates           Day                      Time

AM On-Site Tai Chi

127401-T1     2/2-2/23        T          9 :30-10:30 am

PM Virtual Tai Chi

127401-T2     2/2-2/23       T                      5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37 Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Discovery Corner

Daily, Public hours

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Visit Woody the Talking Tree and engage in seasonal activities as part of an imaginative play area for little sprouts. Also share stories with one another in the nearby Reading Nook where you are encouraged to explore ideas and read aloud with your young learners. Materials are safe and suitable for children pre-K through 1st grade. Free with general admission.

 

 

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Testimonials

Bonsai Workshop
Very nice instructors and the class was very interesting. Adam G.
I've always thought bonsai trees were very interesting. I never realized how intricate the caring process was, but I am excited to care for my tree. Kandice G.

Lacto-fermentation
Good introductory course for those contemplating starting Lacto fermentation. Theresa W.

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Centerpieces

Dennis Bowman did an excellent job instructing us and helping those of us in need. Elaine M.
Everyone was very helpful regardless of our (the participant) ability-helped us make a beautiful centerpiece! Nancy S.

Functional Gardening
Even more than I expected-land water and plant information-WIN, WIN, WIN-Abigail K.

Spring Arrangement
Always excellent. Mary Ann L.

Tai Chi
This is my second Tai Chi class and I thoroughly enjoy it!  It helps me with my balance, flexibility and posture.  Suzanne R.

Backyard Bluebirds
I work for Angel Corps. It is so wonderful to bring my client (who has a membership) to the workshops.  I believe it is our third one.  It is very stimulating for her and she enjoys it.  It is very rewarding for both of us.  Deb W.

Terra Cotta Turkeys
Had a great time! Deb W. and Joan C.



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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440

Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm; Black Friday: 10 am-8 pm 
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10 am -5 pm 

Admission

Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free