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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  Spring 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: 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!

DNI: All Things Cereal

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

Let’s talk about cereal - after all, it is one of the most popular breakfast options and for some it’s their go-to midnight snack. Come to the Conser- vatory in honor of National Cereal Day and help us celebrate this odd-sounding holiday. How did this nationally-recognized day come about? Join us on

$1 Night, make a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft, and have a bowl of sweetness – and find out!

DNI: Easter Lilies

Thursday, April 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Most everyone loves the fragrance that comes from the spring-blooming Easter lily, but how much do you really know about this beauty? Visit the Conservatory for a closer look at this stunning flower and learn all about it! Create your very own Easter lily craft and enjoy a light snack!

DNI: Mighty Migrators

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

In conjunction with our newly opened butterfly exhibit, “Migrations,” we will take a deeper look into what it means to be a migrator. Look at the migration patterns of several of the world’s most familiar migrators, and stay for a fun craft and deli- cious snack. Don’t forget to check out our exotic butterfly display!

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
 
 

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!

 

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 dif- ferent garden each month so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

GC: Migration Station

Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us this month as we explore the topic of migration. The behavior of migration is not just limited to birds! Other winged creatures as well as those that walk make journeys each year. We will explore all types of migrating animals and learn the reasons why they engage in this amazing behavior! Create your own “migrating” animal to take home. Then visit our live Butterfly Exhibit “Migration” and see some amazing live butterflies up close!

GC: Insects as Pollinators

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

While birds, bats, butterflies and bees are all known for their role as pollinators, this month we will focus on pollinating insects.  Stop  by this special station this month to learn about  the types of insects that transfer pollen and the plants that depend on them to complete their life cycle. You can also sample some foods from pollinated plants and make your own “pollinator” to take home.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 but should call ahead to make sure class will be held. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 2. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code              Dates      Day                      Times

Tai Chi I – Beginners, morning

227002-T1    4/9-5/28     T                        9-10 am

Tai Chi I – Beginners, evening

227002-T2    4/9-5/28     T                          5-6 pm

Tai Chi II – Continuing, evening

227002-T3    4/9-5/28     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

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Beekeeping Basics for Beginners

If you have an interest in caring for and main- taining your own bee hive, you’ll want to ‘bee’ in this informative class. Join beekeeper Glenn Hile, Ph.D., as he walks you through the basics of bee- keeping. Learn about start-up costs, proper care and maintenance for your own hive. Glenn is an Advanced Master Gardener and owner of Glenn’s Natural Honey. He has a passion for beekeeping and is one of the directors of the Northeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association (NEIBA). All par- ticipants will receive a 1-lb. squeeze bottle filled with Glenn’s Natural Honey! Spots will fill up quickly, so sign-up today! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 22. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

227041-S1      3/2                Sa           10-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$15 Member or Volunteer Fee: $12

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 
Pysanky: Ukrainian Eggs

The history of pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, can be traced back to 2000 B.C. Throughout Eastern Europe these symbols of hope combine intricate geometric patterns, multiple colors, and folk motifs into amazing and  unique  pieces  of art. Instructor Carol Ann Eckrich, a Master Gar- dener and Conservatory volunteer, will guide you through the repeated steps of drawing with melted wax and coloring with dye baths until you cre-   ate your very own pysanka. Each participant will take home a tool kit including the kistka stylus, beeswax, and 6 dyes so he or she can continue practicing and creating new egg designs at home. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 1. Min.

10. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

227000-S1     3/9               Sa                   9-11 a.m

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$18 Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Apple Tree Basics

Join Scott Krieg, co-founder of Three Rivers Fruit Growers Club, to learn the basics of apple tree care. He will discuss many points, from the best soil to how much sun your new fruit tree will need to grow and produce. Scott will also demonstrate how to graft an apple tree and explain the benefits of this 4000-year-old practice. Take home a grafted dwarf Liberty apple tree start to continue growing for years to come! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: March 15. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

227052-S1      3/23            Sa            10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Member or Volunteer Fee: $8

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 
Spring Bulb Basket

Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you  plant a lovely, festive bulb basket for spring decor. Instructor Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Man- ager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will walk you through the process of assembling the basket, telling you about the plant material and proper care. The finished project will be 13 inches wide and contain 6 different spring flowers including tulips, daffodils and more! Your fee includes all necessary supplies, but you may bring and incorporate your own accents from home. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: March 22. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

227053-S1      3/30              Sa             9:30-11 am

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$39 Member or Volunteer Fee: $33

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 
Bonsai for Beginners

Would you like to learn basic pruning and care of a small bonsai tree? In this class you will discover that and more! Each participant will receive a small Ficus tree and under the careful guidance of Fort Wayne Bonsai Club members, you will pot and trim it, then see a demonstration on forming it into a beautiful bonsai showpiece. Along the way, you will learn about the proper pots and soils to use, how to prune, and the techniques for giving  it a long and healthy life. Participants may also be inspired by other examples, some of which are available in the Conservatory gift shop. Partici- pants should bring their own pruners or scissors; all other supplies will be provided. Ages 15+. Reg- istration deadline: April 19. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

227014-S1      4/27              Sa     10:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$29 Member or Volunteer Fee: $25

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 assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourage the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. Each month    we will explore different themes through a story, hands-on activity, craft, and 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: March 12, April 9, and May 14, respectively. Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

Amazing Seeds

227100-T1    3/19               T                   10-11 am

Trees & Arbor Day

227100-T2    4/16               T                   10-11 am

Colors in the Garden

227100-T3    5/21               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, New Years Day, Christmas Day

Admission

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