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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 Winter Fun Times for even more FUN!


$1 Nights

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

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. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. 

DNI: Black History Month
February 2, 5:00-7:00 pm

During Black History Month, discover George Washington Carver, the botanist and inventor who developed one of the most revolutionary concepts in American agriculture — crop rotation. He is known for documenting the many uses of peanuts and for supporting peanuts in rotation with cotton to replenish the fields. And enjoy some tasty peanut-y treats! 
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Meditation in the Garden 

Instructor Seth Kohrman of Contemplative Living Practices will be leading a course in meditation. Contemplative Living Practices provides education in the form of experiential learning through contemplative practices centered on mindfulness meditation and living. Drop-ins are more than welcome. These classes are appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Note: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $8 per session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: December 29. Min. 10. Max. 15.

Code               Dates     Day         Times
127053-R1      1/5-2/23 Th          6-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$56
Member or Volunteer Fee: $40
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: January 3. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code            Dates      Day          Time
Tai Chi I: Beginners
127002-T1   1/10-2/28 T 6:30-7:30 pm
Tai Chi II: Continuing
127002-T2   1/10-2/28 T 5:30-6:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tea & Etiquette 
 
Saturday, January 21, 10 – 11:30 am

You’re invited to enjoy an English tea and to explore its long tradition. Debbie Woodroof, tea lover and former owner of Sweet Violets Tea & Antiques, will show you how to prepare tea properly and how to serve and receive it with grace. What better setting in which to learn the art of hospitality than over treats and tea at the Botanical Conservatory?  Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 12. Min. 10. Max. 30. Fee: $20/public; $16/Conservatory member or volunteer.  Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.

Code            Date     Day Time
127051-S1   1/21      Sa   10-11:30 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20
Member or Volunteer Fee: $16
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Drought-Resistant Gardens

One of the most financially and environmentally costly aspects of gardening is water usage. We will talk about how to improve the water-holding capacity of your soil so that you can use less water throughout the year. Topics for discussion include: what an inch of water means for plants, the effect of organic matter on water-holding capacity, and how much water it takes to grow your favorite veggies  Instructor Art Stahlhut has decades of experience in producing successful crops in raised bed systems. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 12. Min. 8. Max. 20. 

Code           Date     Day     Time
127050-R1 1/19      Th        5:30-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8
Member or Volunteer Fee: $6
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Riverponics

If you missed it last time, here is another opportunity to learn new growing techniques that Hydro Tea LLC has developed. Matthew Fingerle, CEO of Hydro Tea, will present the developments he has made in his innovative system for hydroponic growing. Topics include the growing system, compost tea brewer, self-watering systems, air pruning and wicking containers, making your own soil, aerated water, vortexing and cloning plants. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 10. Min. 8. Max. 20.

Code            Date    Day     Time
127052-S1   2/18     Sa       12-2 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8
Member or Volunteer Fee: $6
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
 
Juicing in the Garden

You’ve seen the documentaries and shows, perhaps even read the books. Now, you can learn how to juice on your own. Join our instructor, Jill Howard, owner of Juice Jar in The City Exchange, to learn how to juice. You can try out different juicers and even make your own juice. You will also be able to sample various juices. Then, take a walk around our gardens to see examples of the plants who bore the fruits you just juiced! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: January 19. Min 10. Max 10. 

Code            Date Day  Time
427051-S2   1/26 Th     6-7 pm
#Sessions/Fee: 1/$15
Member or volunteer fee: $12
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