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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

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: Turkey Time

Thursday, November 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Turkeys have been a symbol of thanksgiving and abundance long before the Pilgrim’s first meal with the Native Americans. Let’s celebrate this Thanksgiving season with fun turkey trivia, an exciting turkey craft and light snack.

 

$1 Night Insight: Snowman Studies

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

Let’s learn about the legend of the snowman on your visit to the Conservatory this evening. Where did these well-known symbols come from and what is the meaning of the different pieces that bring their shapes “to life”? While you visit you can enjoy a treat and decorate your own terra cotta snowman to take home!

 

$1 Night Insight: Send a Card

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

Did you know the first recorded handwritten letter was from the Persian Queen Atossa around 500 BC? That the stamped letter we know today came into being during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1840? Join us at the Conservatory to learn more about the history of sending things and take a minute to decorate a card for a friend in honor of National Send a Card to a Friend Day. You bring the address and we will provide the stamp!

Garden Close-Up
Fourth Saturday of the Month, 11 am-1 pm
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:  Victorian Holiday Fun

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Join us this Thanksgiving weekend when the Showcase Garden has been transformed into a Victorian Holiday theme. Enjoy the special decorations and seasonal plants with a Victorian flair. We’ll make a simple Victorian decoration you that you can add to your own holiday collection. You can also enjoy an edible treat as you wander through the gardens!

 

Garden Close-Up: Tiny Pines!

Saturday, February 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tired of the “winter blahs”? Then come explore the Hundred Acre Wood at the Botanical Conservatory to brighten your day! During our Great Train Connection on February 23 we’ll consider Pooh Bear’s Six Pine Trees, where he and Piglet chased a Woozle. Test your knowledge of pines, spruces, and firs and learn to make your own model “pine” tree. When you visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday, you always 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, so drop in!

 

Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)

As the leaves begin to change colors and temperatures cool down, why not try something new? Shinrin-Yoku, forest bathing, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, 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, instead it is 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. Note: Additional participants may drop in, up to the class maximum, but call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadlines: September 21 and November 2. Ages 18+. Min 10. Max 15.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427070-S2            11/10     Sa           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$23

Member or Volunteer Fee: $18

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Rodka (Roddy) Dammeyer: Oil Painting

November-December

Public Reception: November 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Rodka, known as Roddy, Dammeyer feels as though she was born with a paintbrush in her hand. A native of Fort Wayne, Dammeyer says she inherited her love for art from her father. He was a commercial artist who went on to creating fine art when he retired. Dammeyer did not become fully invested in art until her retirement, but did take some art classes through high school and in college. Currently Dammeyer is involved with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Art League, Fort Wayne Artists Guild, the Artlink of Fort Wayne, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Boyne Arts Collective, the Freshwater Gallery, and Jordan River Arts Council. She prefers oil painting but has worked in a plethora of artistic media. She loves the texture of oils and gets most of her inspiration from nature. She does some work in studios, but prefers to paint en plein aire.

 

Cadence Xavier Quinn: CXQ Art @ the Conservatory

Acrylic on Canvas and Wood

January-February

Public Reception: January 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cadence Xavier Quinn, founder of CXQ Art, is a Fort Wayne based, self-taught artist who explores the acrylic paint medium on both canvas and wood surfaces. Influenced by the pop and psychedelic movements, CXQ Art has been independently creating and peddling unique creations for two years. But a passion for visual art has lived in Cadence’s heart from a very young age. The featured works in this exhibit mirror the playful Showcase theme, ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, and feature a variety of bright depictions of wildlife and tasty fare. CXQ Art is a custom art shop where you can find designs created by the artist or request a commission that is unique to you.

 

Grow Your Own: Herbs Indoors

Herbs are always nice and handy to have when longing for their savory, robust flavors and soothing aromas. Unfortunately, as winter approaches and plants begin to die, there are not many fresh options left. Let Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder walk you through the process of keeping those hardy herbs alive indoors. Take home several herbs, so you too can enjoy those garden-fresh flavors all winter long. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 26. Min. 10. Max. 18.

Code                      Date      Day        Time

427027-S1            11/3       Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Plant & Go: Fall

Showcase Exhibit Opening Day

November 17, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Calling all gardeners and gardeners-to-be! Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the first day of each new Showcase Garden exhibit to participate in a hands-on learning experience with plants. This month we’re giving out a houseplant called Swedish Ivy. Plant & Go will feature four different plants every year, coinciding with the start of each seasonal garden exhibit: January, April, July, and November. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, seed, or bulb, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant baby home to nurture. (While supplies last.) Included in regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

 

Garden Preschool

Garden Preschool meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Conservatory. Parents or guardians 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 11, October 9, and November 13, respectively. Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

Cold Weather

427102-T3            11/20     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee:  $4

Location:  Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun 

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

The popular centerpiece workshop is here again! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece that can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. This centerpiece incorporates a candle, ribbon and pine cones for a nice holiday touch. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 12. Max. 36.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

427009-R1           12/13     Th           6-7:30 pm

427009-S1            12/15     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Breakfast with Santa!

Saturday, December 1, 9:00-10:00 am

Yes, Santa eats breakfast and you can join him! Sign up for a special VIP breakfast before he makes his final list of who has been naughty and nice. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, eggs and fresh fruit, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for the adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in our “Victorian Holiday” exhibit before we open to the public. Your registration for this event also allows you to return and visit with Santa’s reindeer 12-4 p.m. Children under two do not have to pay but they must register and will count towards the minimum and maximum; their adult must pay registration fee. Limited booster/high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Registration deadline: November 20. Min. 24. Max. 64.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

127101-S1            12/1       Sa           9-10 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Decorate a Gingerbread House

Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by decorating your very own gingerbread dream house. Roll up your sleeves and dive into creating your own masterpiece for all your family to admire! You will be given a pre-assembled gingerbread house, icing and an assortment of candy. A cardboard flat will be provided to take home your decorated house. This class is for children 6 years and older, teens and adults. Children 9 years and younger require an adult to attend the class to assist. Up to two children per gingerbread house. The house is inedible, for decorative purposes only, but you can enjoy a gingerbread cookie while you design. Ages 6+. Registration deadline: November 26. Min. 13. Max. 21.

Code                     Date        Day         Time

127004-F1            11/30       F             5:30-7:30 pm

127004-S1            12/1       Sa            1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

The popular centerpiece workshop is back! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece that can be enjoyed by all through the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. This centerpiece incorporates a candle, ribbon and pine cones for a nice holiday touch. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 23. Min. 12. Max. 36.

Code                    Date      Day        Time

427009-R1           12/13     Th           6-7:30 pm

427009-S1            12/15     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Paint a Poinsettia

Feeling like you want to paint something, but not wanting to take on a huge project, then we have just the craft for you. Join homemaker Vicki Hoffman as she walks you through the process of creating a beautiful ornament to hang on your tree. Learn the techniques of shading and adding color to enhance your festive flower. An outline of a poinsettia will already be drawn on a large clear glass bulb; Vicki will then walk you through the methods of creating the final poinsettia using acrylic paints. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code               Date             Day        Time

127016-S1     12/8              Sa           9 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Sweetheart Sachet

Bring a girl friend to make a craft and take your mind off these dark, cold days of winter. The Conservatory is offering a morning workshop where you create your own sweetheart sachet. Our classy craft guru Darlene Tomkinson will walk you through the steps to assembling and decorating a pretty pouch enhanced with your choice of fragrance. We’ll have all the supplies; you just sign up and maybe invite that friend or family member you have been meaning to spend some time with. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: January 25. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                         Time

127025-S1     2/2                Sa           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Couple’s Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Conservatory is offering a ‘Couple’s Walk’, that is, a couple’s “forest bathing” walk. Take this Saturday morning to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world and each other. Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, 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. 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. Note: Additional couples may drop in, up to the class maximum, but call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadline: February 8. Ages 18+. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

127055-S1            2/16       Sa           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 2/$42

Member or Volunteer Fee: $36

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: Additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum; call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                    Dates                  Day        Time                   

Tai Chi I - Beginners

127002-T1            1/8-2/26               T              9:30-10:30 am

Tai Chi I - Beginners

127002-T2            1/8-2/26               T              5-6 pm

Tai Chi II - Continuing

127002-T3            1/8-2/26               T              6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Coffee: Home Brewing Style

Many adults crave that first warm sip – especially on cold winter days – of that familiar beverage we know as coffee. And we usually have a go-to place when we feel like treating ourselves to that special brew you can’t seem to get from your kitchen percolator. Now, what if you could master that flavor without having to put on presentable clothes, spend more than you want to admit, and brave the cold? We have just the class for wannabe home brew coffee connoisseurs. Join owner Sean Wang of the local coffee spot Fortezza and learn the different styles and methods of home brewing. Acquire knowledge of the diverse mechanisms on the market and find out which one may be the right fit for your house. This class includes samples using different home brewing methods along with a chance to win a Pour Over set to start home brewing today! Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 17. Min. 7. Max. 10.

Code              Date             Day        Time

127034-R1     1/24             Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Grow Your Own: Cole Family Crops

It’s that time of year again, time to think ahead to the summer garden you may have been putting off. But mid- to late-February is the perfect time to start sowing your favorite Cole family crops! Cole family, you ask? It encompasses many common garden vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and more. Join Noble County Master Gardener Dennis Parr as he teaches you the best time to sow your seeds and then what you’ll need to do in order to produce thriving starts by the time the weather breaks. You’ll get to take home several kinds of seeds to begin your garden adventures indoors. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: February 8. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

127027-S1            2/16       Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$16

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Garden Preschool

Preschoolers can visit the Conservatory on the third Tuesday of every month to explore the gardens and a related topic with their parent or guardian. Discover different themes through a story, hands-on activity, craft, and snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities 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. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Registration deadlines: December 11, January 8, and February 12, respectively. Ages 3-5.  Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

Victorian Holiday

127100-T1            12/18     Tu           10-11 am

Winter Fun        

127100-T2            1/15       Tu           10-11 am

Color Red

127100-T3            2/19       Tu           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, New Years Day, Christmas Day

Admission

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