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Looking for something family oriented?  Check out our 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!

 $1 Nights / $1 Night Insight

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

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of every month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for Dollar Night Insight, a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required.

$1 Night Insight: Colorful Corn

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

Have you ever noticed that not all corn is yellow? At a time of thanksgiving, come learn about colorful Indian corn as one of the oldest varieties out there. Enjoy a popped snack and bead your own miniature cob to take home!

$1 Night Insight: Gnomes in Winter

Thursday, January 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Start off the New Year with a last look at our Holiday show and also get lucky by spending time with winter gnomes. Gnomes are, in fact, regarded as good luck! Find out more while enjoying a sweet treat and creating a miniature gnome to offer protection and keep you company the rest of winter.

$1 Night Insight: Cactus Vibes

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

Some of us may be feeling a little prickly or deserted this time of year. Here’s an excuse to get out of the house and stay sharp by learning about the symbolism behind a cactus. You will also be able to enjoy a light snack and get your point across with a heartfelt message on a cacti craft.

 

Garden Close-Up

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and 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, so drop in! 

 

FGC: “Cacao Tree”

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Plant & Go: Swedish Ivy

November 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

This popular centerpiece workshop is back! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece to be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will offer tips when fashioning the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine in a fresh seasonal arrangement. Add a touch of holiday flair when incorporating ribbon, pine cones, and a candle. The workshop fee also includes a stroll through our “Christmas Connections” holiday exhibit. Feel free to bring you own garden gloves, pruners, and other suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 22. Min. 12. Max. 36.

Code                        Date                    Day                                  Time

427009-R1              12/12                    Th                         6:00-7:30 pm
427009-S1              12/14                    Sa                         9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Paint Something Sweet

Are you looking for a simple holiday gift and happen to be in the mood for painting? Join homemaker Vicki Hoffman in the process of hand painting a beautiful wooden ornament. She will walk you through methods of shading and adding color to enhance a decorative design using acrylic paint. The pattern of a candy cane surrounded by festive holly will be provided. Free garden admission is also included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: December 6. Min. 7. Max. 15.

Code                        Date                    Day                                   Time

127016-F1               12/13                     F                              6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$16

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Indoor Propagation

At this time of year, give your houseplants your undivided attention by focusing on indoor propagation. Advanced Master Gardener Glenn Hile will be demonstrating various techniques to propagate a wide variety of indoor plants. You will learn the basic biology of plant propagation along with how to make a proper cutting that you will be able to share with friends. Feel free to bring your questions along with your own houseplants if you’d like to make new starts! You will also be offered refreshments along with a chance to tour the gardens as part of this hands-on workshop. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 23. Min. 5. Max. 20.

Code                        Date                    Day                                   Time

127058-A1             2/1                         Sa                         9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$11

Member or Volunteer Fee: $8

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Winter Seed Sowing

Learn about late (or early) seed sowing with Advanced Master Gardener Kathy Lee. Did you know there are many seeds that go through a stage of moist cold that helps them to germinate? Native plants do this and sometimes even your own flowers or vegetables may “volunteer” in the spring. Kathy will show you an easy way to do this same process on your own with a method known as fall or winter seed sowing. She will also bring samples of items from around the house as possible planters to be exposed to the elements. Along with an informational brochure, you will receive a packet of seeds that can be planted this winter. Free garden admission and refreshments are included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 11. Min. 5. Max. 20.

Code                        Date                    Day                                   Time

127062-S1              1/18                       Sa                         9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8

Member or Volunteer Fee: $5

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Mini Macramé Air Plant Hanger

Macramé is back and with a modernized style that is trending now more than ever before! Join self-taught instructor and master of knotting techniques Tiffany Welbaum in hand-making a mini macramé hanger that is the perfect fit for a medium-sized air plant. This popular design element for home or office incorporates naturalized cotton string, a bamboo hoop, and an epiphytic houseplant. Care tips will be provided along with simple techniques and step-by-step instructions. This beginner to intermediate level workshop is just what you are looking for as part of your morning out with friends in which you might also plan for brunch at our in-house café. Conservatory admission is included so be sure to make time and enjoy the gardens. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 15. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                        Date                    Day                                   Time

127061-S1              2/22                      Sa                          9:30-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$19

Member or Volunteer Fee: $16

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Liquid Art with Alcohol Inks

Learn about this translucent and flowing medium when making a decorative tile with the effect of rubbing alcohol and dye-based inks. You will get to choose a color pallet and create your own abstract design on a ceramic tile, which is the perfect handmade gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day! You might also choose to frame your tile or display it as a vibrant centerpiece, coaster or trivet. Artists Dixie Bradley and Kay Musgrave, who are experienced in this medium, will offer examples and techniques as part of this creative workshop. While your masterpiece is drying, you will be invited to visit the gardens. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 23. Min. 7. Max. 15.

Code                        Date                    Day                                   Time

127034-R1             1/30                      Th                           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$16

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Desert Rock Art

Paint smooth garden rocks to look like your favorite cacti. You will visit the Conservatory’s Arid House and interpret our cacti. You will then transfer non-prickly and spineless designs on ready to paint rocks and display them in a small planter to take home. Not only will you be able to brag about your new knowledge of glochids, you will get to show off fan-cactus artistry that is suitable for low light conditions and especially safe around children and pets. There will also be time to visit the rest of the gardens while your piece is drying. Sign up today! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 9. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                        Date                    Day                                  Time 

127060-R1             1/16                       Th                           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi in the Garden

On the four consecutive Tuesdays in January, plan to relax your body and focus your mind with the gentle exercise and ancient art of Tai Chi. This class will focus specifically on the Sun Style 73 forms in which you may learn or continue to study the Sun form as part of this beginning and continuing level class. It will also include a meditative walk in the garden. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam and has 30+ years’ experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Note: Non-registered persons may drop in for $10 per session; please call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: December 31. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                        Dates                  Day                                   Time

Morning Tai Chi

127002-T1              1/7-1/28               T                     9:30-10:30 am

Evening Tai Chi

127002-T2             1/7-1/28               T                       5:30-6:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37

Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Principles of Tai Chi

All are welcome to find a sense of relaxation when practicing basic principles of Tai Chi as an ancient Chinese movement. This February class will focus on breathing, quieting the mind, moving slowly, and developing confidence in balance and weight shifts. It will also help to develop efficiency and flow in your movement. Instructor Liz Monnier has studied and practiced Tai Chi Principles for 30 years. As a founding member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, she continues to be an Outreach Teacher as a Guild Certified Feldengrais® Practitioner. Note: Non-registered persons may drop in for $10 per session; please call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 28. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                        Dates                  Day                                   Time

Morning - Principles Tai Chi

127059-T1              2/4-2/25              T                     9:30-10:30 am

Evening - Principles Tai Chi

127059-T2             2/4-2/25              T                      5:30-6:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37

Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 

 

Garden Preschool

Garden Preschool meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Conservatory. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities in the garden that are sure to get everyone thinking. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Registration deadlines:  September 10 (September), October 8 (October), and November 12 (November). Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date      Day                  Time

Indoor Plants

427-102-T3          11/19     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

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

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
November 29: 10am - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day

Admission

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