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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 season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

Due to the current COVID-19 surge, face masks are required as of Tuesday, September 7th at all City of Fort Wayne-owned facilities including the Botanical Conservatory. This requirement applies to all individuals regardless of vaccination status.  

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

 

Fall/Winter Classes 

 

1st Garden Glimpse

Opening Day of New Showcase Exhibit

Saturday, November 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Get one of the first glimpses of the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory, 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 admission on the opening day of each seasonal Showcase Exhibit in January, April, July and November. No reservation required, so drop in!

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

Sign up sooner rather 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 special feature! The registration fee also includes a visit to the “Alpine Holiday” garden exhibit. Participants are welcome to bring garden gloves, pruners and suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                Date             Day                       Time

127501-R1       12/9             Th              10-11:30 am

127501-R2       12/9             Th                 6-7:30 pm

127501-S1       12/11           Sa                9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$43

Member or Volunteer Fee: $38

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Forest Bathing for Youth

Leave those electronics at home and get in on some nature connectivity with the therapeutic practice of forest bathing. Seasoned guide Christy Knecht will facilitate an experience of reconnecting with nature and deepening awareness while mindfully moving through the garden. Learn more at www.wildcommunion.org. Ages 8-15. Conservatory admission included for one adult guardian to visit for duration of the workshop. Great for homeschoolers! Registration deadlines: September 7, October 5 and November 5. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                Date        Day                             Time

427403-T2       10/12      T          10:30 am-12:30 pm

427403-T3       11/14      Su                            1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22

Member or Volunteer Fee: $19

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Succulent Christmas Tree

Design a 3D Christmas tree made of succulent cuttings. Standing at just over one foot tall, this exquisite little tree is sure to be adored throughout the holiday season. You will learn expert tips on how to maintain and multiply plant cuttings once the season is over. Garden admission is included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                Date            Day                        Time

127102-S1       12/5            Su                        1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$47
Member or Volunteer Fee: $42

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.
Calhoun St.

Evergreen Centerpiece 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. Complement your piece with festive ribbon, pine cones and a special feature. The registration fee also includes a visit to the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit. Participants are asked to bring garden gloves, pruners and any suitable accents. Workshop subject to go virtual via Zoom with email address and pre-pickup kit necessary to participate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                Date            Day                        Time

127501-R1       12/9            Th               10-11:30 am

127501-R2       12/9            Th                   6-7:30 pm

127501-S1       12/11          Sa                 9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$43

Member or Volunteer Fee: $38

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.
Calhoun St.

 

$1 Nights

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

Every first Thursday Conservatory admission is just $1, PLUS Civic Center Garage parking is validated for FREE! While visiting, be sure to drop in on the DNI: $1 Night Insight for a fun themed activity from 6:00-7:00 p.m. No registration required.

$1 Night Insight: Circus Trivia

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

In addition to experiencing the newest garden exhibit, learn about fascinating facts and the history of the circus.

$1 Night Insight: Circus Animals

Thursday, February 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

This month’s spotlight is on the various exotic animals you see when you go to the circus!

 

Book Signing by Terri Richardson

Saturday, December 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

An easy drive from almost every major midwestern city and full of history and adventure, it’s no wonder Fort Wayne keeps making the list of the top places to live. Enter 100 Things to Do in Fort Wayne Before You Die, your insider guide to Indiana’s second-largest city. This guide highlights the top food and drink, live music and entertainment, culture and history attractions, sporting events, recreation and shopping, all with the personal touch of a longtime resident’s recommendations. Local author and journalist Terri Richardson brings three decades of experience in the Fort to all of her carefully crafted itineraries and suggestions. So, grab a Coney dog and your copy of this book available for purchase in the Conservatory Shop. Admission not required.

Garden Railroading

Whether inside or out, plants and model trains are hobbies that complement the other! Blane Ryan, a Master Gardener and train guru, will be presenting budget friendly ways to create your very own garden railroad. Details such as site selection, planning and maintenance will be covered. Informational handouts, starter plant and garden admission are included. Ages 8+. Registration deadline: February 11. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                Date            Day                        Time

127104-S1       2/19            Sa               10-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Member or Volunteer Fee: $9

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.
Calhoun St.

T’ai Chi for Relaxation

Relax and quiet your mind with the ancient Chinese practice of T’ai Chi. Certified instructor Liz Monnier assists with finding flow in your movement and developing confidence in balance and weight shifts. She also promotes healing and internal harmony with user-friendly Qigong exercises. Garden admission is included. Students are invited to take a self-guided meditative walk in the gardens either after the morning session or before the evening session. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins are not being accepted at this time. Series subject to go virtual. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 11. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                Dates           Day                        Time

127400-T1       1/18-2/22    T              9:30-10:30 am

127400-T2       1/18-2/22    T                         5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 6/$52

Member or Volunteer Fee: $47

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.

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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: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm

Holiday Hours:

Black Friday: 10 am - 8 pm 
Christmas Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 
New Year's Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

 

Admission:

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