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Looking for something family oriented?  Check out our new Family Garden Close-Up program where you may get close to a slithering snake or find out about yummy edible plants found in the garden. 

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


Enchanted Cottage Workshop

When Hansel and Gretel, lost in the woods, came upon the witch’s house made of candy they thought it was a sweet dream. In fact, many fairy tales are set in cottages. Design your own dream cottage using your imagination and an array of edible and inedible décor. We provide the assembled gingerbread house plus colored and white icing, candy and other “bling” along with simple tools and instruction. The house is for decorative purposes only, but you can enjoy an edible gingerbread cookie while you design. Ages 10+. Registration deadline: January 13. Min. 13. Max. 21.
Code          Date Day            Time
127056-A1 1/20 Sa    10-11:30 am
127056-A2 1/20 Sa        1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18
Member or Volunteer Fee: $14
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 
 
Once Upon a Clock Workshop
This unusual clock workshop lets you leave our Fairy Tales garden exhibit with your own “once upon a time.” You start this DIY project with an unfinished clock prepared from recycled wood pallets – the rest is up to your imagination! You install the clock mechanism and numbers and decorate the face, then take it home to admire for all time. Recycled pallet square, paint, stencils, and hardware are provided, but don’t be shy about bringing other small decorative pieces you want to incorporate. Finished size is approximately 12” x 12”. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 1. Min. 15. Max. 25.
Code          Date Day             Time
127057-A1 2/10 Sa      12:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$26
Member or Volunteer Fee: $22
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
$1 Nights
First Thursday of the month, 5:00-8:00 pm
The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking. 
 
$1 Night Insight: Snowflake Trivia
Thursday, January 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
January 4th is National Trivia Day and what better way to celebrate than with some snowflake trivia! Join us on $1 Night to learn some fun facts about snowflakes, make a snowflake craft and enjoy a special snowy treat. 
 
$1 Night Insight: Bean Magic
Thursday, February 1, 6:00-7:00pm
When Jack traded the family cow for magic beans, he was overcome by the possibilities that beans can hold. Visit the Conservatory in February to explore the amazing possibilities of beans for yourself! Assemble a custom soup blend or enjoy a bean-art craft. Recipes to go.
 

Garden Preschool: Winter Fun
*Adult/Child
Come  explore the wonder of winter! Children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities side by side with their parent or other adult. This two-session class teaches both how to explore nature with fresh eyes. Each week will be a new adventure! Master Gardener Kay Musgrave has years of experience working with children in natural settings. Ages 3-5. An adult must participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Registration deadline: January 30. Min. 5. Max. 10. 
Code              Dates     Day     Time
127100-A1     2/6-2/13 Tu 10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 2/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 

Holiday Swag Workshop 
Create a festive evergreen swag that will be enjoyed throughout the holidays on your door, porch, mailbox, or lamppost. Amy Oliver, Landscape Designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an 18-24” swag with holiday flair. The swag will also incorporate your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow and more for a nice seasonal touch. Your fee includes the items listed above, as well as a stroll through the holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Age 16+. Registration deadline: November 22. Min. 15. Max. 25. 
Code           Date Day      Time
427005-R1 12/7 Th          6-7 pm
427005-S1 12/9 Sa         10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$30
Member or Volunteer Fee: $25
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Holiday Sugar Scrubs
Sugar scrubs are a simple and soothing treat for the skin. In this holiday workshop, you can make sugar scrubs in a variety of holiday scents then fill and decorate four 4-oz. jars to keep or share. These sugar scrubs are gentle exfoliants that will make skin feel smoother and put a holiday scent in the air. We’ll have several scents to choose from as well as all the supplies you need to package these pretty holiday treasures for gifts. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: December 9. Min. 12. Max. 20.
Code                 Date        Day                  Time
127048-S1        12/16       Sa   10:30-11:45 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Plant Propagation Basics
This winter, fill your windowsill or table with new plants as you learn about plant propagation. Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder will guide you in a variety of vegetative propagation methods, letting you try your new skills with houseplants that practically guarantee success. Learn about leaf and stem cuttings, division and layering. Pam will share her knowledge and demonstrate proper technique, then you will be able to take home a variety of plant babies of your own! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 17. Min. 10. Max. 35. 
Code           Date Day           Time
127058-A1  2/24 Sa 10 am-12 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$14
Member or Volunteer Fee: $12
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Tai Chi in the Garden I & II
Learn to relax your body and focus your mind with the ancient art of Tai Chi, a gentle, graceful exercise to improve health and fitness. It is especially effective in reducing stress, thereby relieving arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. The class focuses on the basics of the Sun form and is great for new students or those wishing to continue their studies. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam, and has 30+ years’ experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Note: Drop-ins ($10) are welcome, but please call to make sure class is in session and space is sufficient. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 2. Min.10. Max. 16.
Code Dates Day Time
Tai Chi I - Beginners
127002-T1 1/9-2/27 T 5-6 pm
Tai Chi II - Continuing
127002-T2 1/9-2/27 T 6-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Winter Shinrin-Yoku
Get out of the house this winter for an indoor forest bathing walk. This is not your typical walk in the park, but a series of invitations to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Shinrin-yoku helps you immerse yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. The benefits include a greater sense of well-being, a boost in immune function, lower stress hormones, and higher serotonin levels. Being relaxed, revitalized, and better equipped to handle the stresses of daily living are the goals of this forest bathing walk. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified Forest Therapy guide in Indiana. Note: Drop-ins are welcome, but please call ahead to check space availability. Registration deadlines: January 11 and February 1. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Min. 5. Max. 15. 
Code           Date  Day           Time
127055-A1  1/18  Th      6-7:30 pm
127055-A2  2/8    Th      6-7:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$15
Member or Volunteer Fee: $12
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
  

Garden Close-Up: Winter Blooming Plants
Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
If you are tired of the “winter blahs,” come visit the Botanical Conservatory! As you explore the enchanted garden of our Fairy Tales exhibit, stop by this special learning station to discover colorful winter blooming plants such as cyclamen and kalanchoe. You can even make your own flower to take home! When you visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday, you get a closer look at our gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration.  We highlight a different garden each month so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities.  Included in your regular Conservatory admission.


Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens and parks. The benefits are not only a greater sense of well-being, but a boost in immune function and ready access to lower stress hormones and boosts in serotonin levels. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Being relaxed, revitalized, and better equipped to handle the stresses of daily living are the goals of this forest bathing walk. Instructor Christy Thomson is a life-long resident of northeast IN. She is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana and is thrilled to share this opportunity with the Fort Wayne community. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: September 14, October 19 and November 22, respectively. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code           Date Day       Time 
427065-R3 11/30 Th 6-7:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$15
Member or Volunteer Fee: $12
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 


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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.

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, New Years Day, Christmas Day

Admission

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