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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 summer and fall season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

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

 

Summer Programs 

$1 Nights

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

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Receive discounted admission for just $1 per person on the first Thursday night of the month starting at 5:00 p.m.! Take advantage of free parking, and also be sure to drop-in for the $1 Night Insight (DNI) between 6:00-7:00 p.m.. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in these themed educational activities offered monthly at the Conservatory. No reservations required.

 

DNI: Meditative Garden Sketches

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

Sketch your dream garden while learning some basic design tips and relaxing to meditative music. Furthermore, you may unwind and gather inspiration with a reflective walk through the current garden exhibit “Present Tense, Future Calm.”

  

Tai Chi: Skill Building

Revive your energy levels with summer Tai Chi sessions geared toward the basics. Skilled instructor Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle art form that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. In addition to in-person sessions, the option for live digital sessions is available via Zoom. Please indicate at-home digital preference and provide required email address when registering. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: June 9, July 14 and August 11. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                    Date        Day         Time

Morning Tai Chi

327002-T3            8/18       T              9:30-10:30 am

Evening Tai Chi

327002-T6            8/18       T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Forest Bathing Walks

Tap in to the healing powers of forest therapy as you deepen your senses and mindfully move through the garden. This practice, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” helps one reconnect with nature for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. Seasoned guide Christy Thomson will help facilitate this experience, of which you may learn more at www.wildcommunion.org. All ages welcome; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Non-registered individuals may drop-in having called ahead to confirm the program is in session. Registration deadlines: July 10, August 14 and September 11. Min. 7. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

327055-R2           8/20       Th           9:30 am-12 pm

327055-R3           9/17       Th           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Garden Preschool

While encouraging the basics of garden exploration at a young age, each Garden Preschool class examines a related theme through hands-on crafts, stories and snacks. Learn together and assist your child with garden activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! Adult guardians are required to participate for the duration (no registration required). Please indicate if a participant has food allergies. Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: June 9, July 14 and August 11. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date        Day              Time

Harvesting Vegetables

327100-T3            8/18        T                  10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Fall Programs

Fall Bonsai Display

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Meet with members of the local bonsai club and learn all about this fascinating hobby! Familiar trees, at a fraction of their size, will have you captivated when strolling through a miniature forest. You might even go home with your very own bonsai, as young plants and pots are available for purchase. Receive special discounted admission to the Conservatory gardens and bonsai display: $3/adult; $2/child; free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.

 

Punkin Path

October 6-November 1, Public hours

We welcome you to the Punkin Path where you may enjoy fall surroundings in our outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best! As part of this interactive display, you are invited to take part in festive activities, photo ops and brain teasers that reveal a secret message along the way. Your favorite garden gnomes will also be back and more mischievous than ever before. Included with regular Conservatory admission.

 

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Showcase Exhibit Opening Day

Saturday, November 21, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Get the first glimpse of the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit 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 Conservatory admission on the opening day of each seasonal Showcase Exhibit in January, April, July and November. No reservations required, so drop-in!

 

$1 Nights

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

Receive discounted admission of just $1 per person on the first Thursday night of the month starting at 5 p.m. Take advantage of free parking, and also be sure to drop-in for the $1 Night Insight (DNI) between 6-7 p.m. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in these themed educational activities offered monthly at the Conservatory! No reservation required.

DNI: Something About Basil

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

As summer is wrapping up, come learn all about this heat-loving plant and culinary herb loved by many. There’s just something about basil.

DNI: Paint a Pumpkin

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

Now, what could be cuter than a mini pumpkin painted by the one and only you? You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity that is fun for the whole family!

DNI: Flowers of Fall

Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn about one of the most popular fall flowers, which you will see we just cannot get enough of around here! Mum’s the word…

 

Pinecone Floral Wreath

Design a double-taking floral wreath with painted pinecones that look like real-life Zinnias. Pinecones are precoated in a variety of colors for you to detail with paint and adhere to a 10” grapevine wreath.

While it is drying, you are invited to visit the café and gift shop. Also, be sure to visit the indoor and outdoor gardens as part of your registration! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 19. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                   Time

427501-S1            9/27       Su           11 am-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$24

Member or Volunteer Fee: $21

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Sustainable Betta Bowl

Submerge your green thumb underwater when re-purposing an old glass bowl as a home for your new freshwater fish and Marimo moss balls! Together, we will learn all about this easy to care for pair. Required: bring your own large glass vessel or vase that can hold between 1-3 gallons of water. Aquatic plants, betta fish and decorative base provided. Individual garden admission also included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 26. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                    Time

427100-S1            10/3       Sa           10-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$27

Member or Volunteer Fee: $24

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Succulent Pumpkins

The time has come again to pair pumpkins with your favorite succulents! Join returning instructor and succulent enthusiast Nancy Murphy in placing succulent cuttings on a miniature pumpkin to enjoy this season. You will also learn expert tips on how to maintain and multiply your new plants once the autumn season is over. Individual garden admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 8. Min. 10. Max. 24.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

427101-R1           10/15     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

You will want to sign up sooner 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 lighted feature! The registration fee even includes a visit to the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit. Participants are welcome to bring garden gloves, pruners and suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 21. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                    Date      Day                   Time

427102-R2           12/10     Th           10-11:30 am

427102-R1           12/10     Th           6-7:30 pm

427102-S1            12/12     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Alcohol Inks

Make liquid art with the effects of dye-based inks and rubbing alcohol in this creative workshop for the artist at heart. Pick your desired color scheme and join experienced instructors in applying a translucent and flowing medium on two small ceramic tiles that can be used or displayed however you choose. While your masterpiece is drying, you are invited to visit the gardens! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 22. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

427502-R1           10/29     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Wellness Rock Painting

Join the movement just in time for World Kindness Day! Take this chance to zone out and paint heartfelt messages on smooth garden rocks, which you might choose to either share with the world around you or display for your own wellbeing. It is the perfect evening to come together, and as part of your registration fee, take one last stroll through the “Present Tense, Future Calm” garden exhibit. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 5. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                    Date      Day                Time

427500-R1           11/12     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Member or Volunteer Fee: $9

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Take home a variety of new plants having brought at least one of your own to swap with fellow growers. Upon arrival, you will receive a number that is called in numerical order when it is your turn to pick from the assortment. Please label plants ahead of time. It is also recommended to bring a box or bag for transporting home. Swaps are free; however, space is limited. Call 427-6000 and mention code # 427700-S1 to reserve your spot today!

 

Yoga: Slow Flow

Find your Zen with this introductory series that (de)stresses yoga fundamentals for calming anxiety. Join Yogi Vanessa Blair Farris who will guide you through a Slow Flow sequence while demonstrating the restorative benefits of yoga. Required: bring your own yoga mat. As an alternative to in-person sessions, the option for live digital sessions is available via Zoom. Please indicate at-home digital preference and provide required email address when registering. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 30. Min. 10. Max.16.

Code                    Dates                 Day                        Time

427400-W1          10/7-10/28          W            9:30-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$36

Member or Volunteer Fee: $26

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Tai Chi Series

Revive your energy levels with a Tai Chi Series that modifies the Sun Style Form for beginning to advanced students. Skilled instructor Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle art form that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. As an alternative to in-person sessions, the option for live digital sessions is available via Zoom. Please indicate at-home digital preference and provide required email address when registering. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 8. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                     Dates                 Day                        Time

427402-T1            9/15-10/27          T              9:30-10:30 am

427402-T2            9/15-10/27          T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Garden Preschool

Meeting on the third Tuesdays, Garden Preschool encourages the basics of garden exploration at an early age. Learn together and assist your child side by side with garden themes and activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! Adult guardians are required to participate for the duration (no registration required). Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: September 8, October 13 and November 3. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date       Day               Time

Cool Weather Crop Planting

327200-T3            9/15       T              10-11 am

Pumpkins and Gourds

327200-T2            10/20     T              10-11 am

Winter Sowing

327200-T4            11/10     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Garden Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 17, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Gather up the kiddos for this fun (not-so-scary) event as part of the Downtown Improvement District’s Fright Night festivities. Dress in your favorite costume and join us in this new experience at the Conservatory where you may listen to a trick and enjoy a treat at several stations set up throughout our indoor and outdoor gardens! Also, catch a spell and snap boo-tiful photos when making your way through the scenic Punkin Path. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child; free for ages 2 and under.

Discovery Corner

Daily, Public hours

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Visit Woody the Talking Tree and engage in seasonal activities as part of an imaginative play area for little sprouts. Also share stories with one another in the nearby Reading Nook where you are encouraged to explore ideas and read aloud with your young learners. Materials are safe and suitable for children pre-K through 1st grade. Free with general admission.

 

 

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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 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm; Black Friday: 10 am-8 pm 
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10 am -5 pm 

Admission

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