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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 Spring Fun Times for even more FUN!


Tea n’ Crafts
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Looking for a fun and relaxing excuse to get out of the house after a long winter? Need an idea for a girls’ day out? Join us for Tea n’ Crafts! We will have a number of stations where you can participate in different activities. Pot up a chamomile plant to take home, purchase a butterfly hatching kit, enjoy a simple massage, or try various hands-on crafts and projects. At the same time, enjoy light refreshments including tea and sweets. This is the perfect event for some refined, yet light-hearted, fun. Each station is ticketed, so just purchase your tickets for $1 each at the front desk and use them as you please. No registration or RSVP required. Just show up ready to have a good time!

 

$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.

DNI: Butterfly Soap
March 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

We will be concocting butterfly soap which you can take home! We will be dying, decorating, and molding fluffy soap into beautiful butterflies. We’ll even have pictures of the butterflies in our exhibit which you can use to model your soap after. We will also have information on butterfly gardening for you to take home.

DNI: Botanical Cookies
April 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Yearning for spring? In April we will be making botanical cookies—iced cookies which you can decorate yourself with edible botanicals. We will have information available on edible flowers and how you can use them in your own cooking!

DNI: Paper Flower Bouquet
May 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This month we’re in the mood for flowers! Paper flowers, that is. Join us as we make a pretty (and easy) paper flower bouquet that promises to last, even if you forget to water it!

Sugar Scrubs

Spring is in the air—indoors at least! We’ll be making spring-inspired sugar scrubs to transport you to warmer times. You’ll make a lemon sugar scrub and green mint sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are gentle exfoliants that make your skin look, feel and smell wonderful. And, we’ll package them so that you can gift them to someone (or gift them to yourself!). You’ll also receive both recipes so that you can make them again at home anytime you wish. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: March 3. Min 10. Max 30.

Code           Date    Day       Time
227048-S1  3/11     Sa 1-2:15 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Native Plant Workshop

Did you know that native plants are better for butterflies and other wildlife? Learn why native plants are important, where to find natives you can grow easily in your yard, and strategies for keeping invasive plants out of your landscape. You’ll   also walk away with a free native seed packet to get your new garden area started! Several local plant experts including Betsy Yankowiak, President of the Northeast Chapter of INPAWS and the Director of Preserves and Programs at the Little River Wetlands Project, will offer this program for homeowners and business owners. What you plant can help or hurt our area’s preserves, parks, rivers, and other wild places -- so come and learn how to grow native plants! Ages 16+. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 10. Max. 50.

Code          Date  Day           Time
227050-S1 4/1    Sa 10 am-12 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Member or Volunteer Fee: $8
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Growing and Using Herbs

Grow your own delectable herbs and use them in delicious homemade meals! Fifteen-year Master Gardener Pam Snyder will teach you about a myriad of herbs. Discover their origins, how to grow them, preservation methods and then 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. Pam will bring different herbs to class for you to experience, and you’ll get an herb plant to take home. We’ll also provide an extensive list of the hard-to-find herbs that will be available for sale at the Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: April 21. Min. 10. Max. 30.

Code          Date     Day               Time
227012-S1 4/29      Sa     10-11:30 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Intro to Orchids

Eager to stop killing those orchids you buy in the grocery store? Long fascinated by the hobby but afraid to get started? We’ll have instructor Shirley Weldon here to help you! Shirley has been a serious hobbyist for over 40 years and even helps to care for the Conservatory’s orchids. She and her assistant, Luba Durisin, will teach you about different kinds of orchids, how to care for them, and where to buy them. They will also demonstrate repotting orchids and provide cultural sheets. You’ll go home with your own easy-care slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum) -- a variety you won’t find in your local grocery store! Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 10. Max. 30.

Code           Date  Day               Time
227049-S1  4/1    Sa 10:30-11:45 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18
Member or Volunteer Fee: $15
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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: Butterfly or Moth?
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Do you know the difference between a butterfly and a moth?  At our special learning station this month, we will explore the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths. Join us to learn about these amazing winged creatures! Make one of your own winged beauties to take home and then discover the colorful world of butterflies when you visit our live butterfly enclosure.

GC: Perfect Pollinators
Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Perfect pollinators include animals such as butterflies, bats, birds and honey bees! This month we will explore the world of the honey bee and learn all about the important role they play in many of the foods we enjoy. Get up-close and personal with the honey bee while viewing them safely through our indoor observation hive. Learn about honey bee colony life and sample some of the foods that honey bees pollinate. 

Forest Bathing (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. Registration deadlines: April 6 and May 18. Ages 18+. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code           Date Day        Time
227051-R1  4/13 Th   6-7:30 pm
227051-R2  5/25 Th   6-7:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Member or Volunteer Fee: $8
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: 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: April 4. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code           Dates       Day         Time
Tai Chi I - Beginners
227002-T1  4/11-5/30 T 6:30-7:30 pm
Tai Chi II - Continuing
227002-T2  4/11-5/30 T 5:30-6:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
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