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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 season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

 

COVID-19 Announcement

Under the most recent COVID-19 announcement, the Botanical Conservatory and its gift shop and café WILL remain open. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced, and a one-way route will be set up during special events. However, classes scheduled through January 18, 2021 may be cancelled or run as virtual programs. Please check our website or call (260-427-6440) for more details. We appreciate your on-going support of the Conservatory and hope you will make time for a visit during “Oh? Christmas Tree!” 

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. 

Receive discounted admission for 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 DNI, $1 Night Insight 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.

$1 Night Insight: Conservatory Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

On this $1 Night in December, we welcome Those 2 Guys in Suits & Ties, Tom Didier and Todd Frymier who are always singin’ with style! What a night to not only marvel at all the different trees as part of the “Oh? Christmas Tree!” holiday exhibit, but to also enjoy live musical entertainment during the holiday season.

$1 Night Insight: Island Games

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

In addition to experiencing the latest garden exhibit, come play engaging island games at the Conservatory! Also, listen to ancient tiki legends that accompany our winter Polynesian theme.

$1 Night Insight: Tropical Flowers

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

This month’s spotlight is on tropical flowers, some of which you may view in the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden. Also, take this chance to brighten the season and create a Hawaiian flower clip.  

Macramé Mini Shelf

Accompanied by boho macramé, this decorative wall hanging incorporates a potted houseplant sitting upon a small wooden shelf. Create one of your own with returning instructor Tiffany Welbaum who will facilitate this beginner level workshop while providing step-by-step instruction on doing simple knotting techniques with naturalized cotton rope. Take advantage of this perfect occasion by signing up with your valentine then making plans to visit the gardens, Conservatory Shop and Conjure Coffee, too! Conservatory admission included. Ages 15+.     Registration deadline: February 5. Min. 12. Max.15.

Code                 Date             Day                      Time
127500-S1        2/13             Sa               9:30-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$27 Member/Volunteer Fee: $24

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.            

Sweetheart Orchid Bower

February 9-March 14, Public hours

The sweetest display of orchids adds a complimentary backdrop in the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden where you will encounter a cascade of striking Cattleyas, fragrant Dendrobiums, dainty Oncidiums, and moth-like Phalaenopsis. During your visit, enjoy browsing the Conservatory Shop where orchids and other plants are available for purchase. Just the occasion for a Valentine’s date! Included with regular Conservatory admission. 

Tai Chi Tuesdays

Revive your energy levels with a four-week 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 exercise that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. Please note virtual evening sessions are digital and live via Zoom where you participate from the comfort of your home.  Ages 18+. Registration deadline: December 29. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code              Dates           Day                         Time

PM Virtual Tai Chi

127400-T2    1/5-1/26         T                         5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37 Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi for Relaxation

Find a sense of relaxation through the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi. This series will focus on quieting the mind, moving slowly while finding flow in your movement and developing confidence in balance and weight shifts. Well-practiced instructor Liz Monnier will also promote healing and internal harmony with user-friendly Qigong exercises. Please note that morning sessions are in-person and on-site while virtual evening sessions are digital and live via Zoom where you participate from the comfort of your home. It is suggested to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins not accepted at this time. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 26. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code              Dates           Day                      Time

AM On-Site Tai Chi

127401-T1     2/2-2/23        T          9 :30-10:30 am

PM Virtual Tai Chi

127401-T2     2/2-2/23       T                      5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$37 Member or Volunteer Fee: $27

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

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