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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  Fall Fun Times for even more FUN!

 

$1 Nights
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: Acorns for Luck
Thursday, September 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Have you ever picked up an oak nut -- the nut most of us know as an acorn? You may be surprised to know the acorn has been the symbol of good luck, long life, and strength for centuries. Make an acorn craft and get a German cultural perspective on the awesome acorn in light of our current “Blumengarten,” or Flower Garden exhibit.

$1 Night Insight: Mustard Tasting
Thursday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
During our Blumengarten exhibit, we want to bring German culinary culture to life! And mustard, so popular in German culture, will enliven your mouth as you sample different varieties, from mild to hot. Join members of the Fort Wayne Herb Gardeners Club for a mustard tasting and pick up recipes and ideas for using this versatile condiment.

$1 Night Insight: Mandatory ‘Mum’ Meeting!
Thursday, November 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Some people have a hard time overwintering chrysanthemums, asking, “Why do my fall mums never come back?” There could be a very good explanation for this and Lynda Heavrin, Manager of Landscape and Horticulture for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, will show differences between garden and pot mums, share growing tips, and touch on special techniques used to create more spectacular flower displays.

Garden Close-Up
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

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!


GC: German Gardens
Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
When you visit the Conservatory’s Blumengarten exhibit this month, you’ll experience something of what German gardens are like. Learn about the modern German style that includes beautiful ornamental grasses and perennials in a free-flowing, meadow-like design. And discover the phenomenon of the Schrebergarten, which doubles as a veggie plot and summer getaway. As you stroll in the gardens, enjoy nibbling on a special German treat.

FGC: Pumpkin or Gourd?

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
At this time of year we see many homes decorated for the autumn season with pumpkins. But are they really pumpkins or are they gourds? Or do people decorate with both pumpkins and gourds? This month we will look at the differences between these two popular autumn vine fruits. You can even make your own autumn decoration to take home.

FGC: Creepy Critters
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
At the end of October, our minds may think of “creepy critters”. What makes a critter creepy?  Join us this month as we learn about bats and spiders and why some think that they are creepy. We will also learn about some of the spiders and bats found in our area. You can make and take home a “creepy critter,” if you like.

FGC: Snowflakes
Saturday, November 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
SNOW has blanketed the Botanical Conservatory!  As you enjoy our “Snow Days” exhibit, stop by this special learning station to learn about nature’s beautiful winter decoration: the snowflake!  Enjoy a holiday treat and make your own unique snowflake to display at home.

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: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 13. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code         Dates        Day Time
Tai Chi I - Beginners
427002-T1 9/19-11/7  T 5-6 pm
Tai Chi II - Continuing
427002-T2   9/19-11/7 T  6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Holiday Swag Workshop

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, invite a family member or friend to the Gardens to create a festive evergreen swag that can be enjoyed by all through the holidays. Amy Oliver, Landscape Designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into a 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.

Autumn Succulents

What a perfect time of year to turn a cute personal-sized pumpkin into upscale décor for the fall season! Nancy Murphy, a Conservatory volunteer and greenhouse gardener, will show you how to use succulents to decorate. Enjoy your creation for weeks; then, when the season is over, you can transplant your succulents into pots and enjoy them for years to come. Ages 13+. Registration deadline: September 20. Min. 10. Max. 15.

Code          Date Day     Time
427068-S1 9/28 Th     6-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$15
Member or Volunteer Fee: $12
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Dahlias: Food, Flower & Germany

Looking for a hearty flower that blooms all summer long? Then you might just want to pick up some dahlias next time you are at your local greenhouse or plant sale. They are not only beautiful, but also edible! If you think you may want to learn a little more about this magnificent flower before you buy it  join Rusty Ritchie, Elkhart Dahlia Society President, to get some important insight first. There are many exciting facts about this flower that you would find helpful in growing them. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 12. Min. 8. Max. 36.

Code                Date  Day     Time
427067-R1      10/19 Th     6-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8
Member or Volunteer Fee: $5
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Fantastic Fall Flowers

Fall has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate this festive time of year than by making a special centerpiece to liven up your table. Join instructor Dawn Mahan, who has worked as a florist for 39 years, as she teaches you how to put a simple centerpiece together. It will consist of different mums and greenery, so bring a friend and come enjoy this workshop! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 20. Min. 15. Max. 25.

Code           Date Day       Time
427066-S1 10/28 Sa 1-2:30 pm
#Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Member or Volunteer Fee: $22
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 2, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Conservatory’s free plant swap is coming up on the first Saturday of September. Bring at least one plant to share and take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Plants can be seeds, divisions, or full-grown plants; they could be vegetables, flowers, fruits, houseplants, ground covers, shrubs, trees, or vines (no weeds please!). Bring a box or bag to carry home your new babies. Everyone gets a number when they arrive and we take turns picking. The swap is free, but phone reservations are required by August 31. For more information or to register, call (260) 427-6442.

Preserving and Using Your Herbs

Have you always dreamed of growing your own delectable herbs and then using them in delicious homemade meals? Master Gardener Pam Snyder will teach you about a myriad of herbs. Discover preservation methods and how to use them in your own cooking. Many herbs are downright enthusiastic, so even if you’ve never kept something alive before, you’re sure to find an herb that suits your skills. Explore which herbs/spices to use for which food and share some great recipes for enjoying your herbs as Pam will have a variety for you to see, taste and smell. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: September 1. Min. 10. Max. 35.

Code           Date Day               Time
427063-S1  9/9   Sa     10 am-12 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Member or Volunteer Fee: $8
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

A Twist You Can’t Resist

Join instructor Lori Berndt, owner of The Olive Twist, for an Olive Oil 101 Class where you will explore and learn more about one of our favorite foods. Lori will demonstrate techniques for cooking with olive oil and show how to choose among oils at the grocery store, making educated choices for your family. Food samples included! For inspiration afterwards, visit the Conservatory’s olive trees in the Mediterranean Garden. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 30. Min. 8. Max. 36.

Code          Date    Day            Time
427062-S1 10/7     Sa 10 am-12 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$14
Member or Volunteer Fee: $11
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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-R1  9/21 Th  6-7:30 pm
427065-R2 10/26 Th 6-7:30 pm
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.

Make & Take: Essential Oils

In need of some rejuvenation and wanting to become more familiar with essential oils? Come participate in this workshop where you will learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how to use them, and why they are amazing. Instructor Samantha Reitman is an independent distributor of Young Living and has been using essential oils daily for over 3 years. She will teach how you can improve your well-being by making some amazing products. In October, you will create relaxing bath salts along with a joint care roller bottle. In November you can make a holiday-scented room spray and an immune support roller bottle. All supplies are included in registration fee. Ages 15+. Registration deadlines: October 2 and November 8, respectively. Min. 10. Max. 36.

Code            Date    Day               Time
427064-S1  10/12   Th     5:30-7:30 pm
427064-S2  11/18   Sa    1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18 Member or Volunteer Fee: $15
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Garden Preschool: Fall Edition

Join us this fall as we have fun and explore the colors of the autumn season.  Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this class that encourages the basics of exploring nature at a young age.  Master Gardener Kay Musgrave has years of experience working with children in this type of setting and will take everyone on a new nature adventure each week.  Children will explore the colors of red, yellow, and orange through hands-on activities.  At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Ages 3 - 5. Registration deadline: October 3. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code          Date             Day       Time
427102-T1 10/10-10/24 T     10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 3/$18 Member or Volunteer
Fee: $15
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