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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  Fall 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: All about the Arts
Thursday, August 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Art is in the eye of the beholder. It is not merely a painting on a wall or some kind   of fancy sculpture, art can be expressed in many forms and all sorts of mediums. Join us to learn about some of these different art forms and create an art piece of your own to show off to your family and friends. Then enjoy our “Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory” exhibit and experience art in a whole new way.

$1 Night Insight: Fall Fruits

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

Sure, everyone loves fresh berries and watermelon during the summer months, but what comes next? There are a variety of tasty fruits that arrive with the color-changing leaves. Let’s talk about how delicious and healthy some of these fall fruits are, which include: apples, cranberries, pears, and more! Enjoy a craft along with a yummy fruit snack.

$1 Night Insight: Preparing for Pumpkins

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

With fall festivities in full swing, let’s learn all about pumpkins! Discover what kind of plant pumpkins come from, what part of the plant is a pumpkin, and how long a pumpkin plant can get. Paint a personal sized pumpkin to take home and munch on a favorite to many, pumpkin seeds!

$1 Night Insight: Turkey Time

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

Turkeys have been a symbol of thanksgiving and abundance long before the Pilgrim’s first meal with the Native Americans. Let’s celebrate this Thanksgiving season with fun turkey trivia, an exciting turkey craft and light snack.

 
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!

Saturday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ever wonder how to attract wildlife to your garden? Like to watch birds? Join us this month  to  explore  different  ways  you can attract your favorite types of wild animals to your backyard garden. Learn about different plants that attract wildlife species as well as what you need to provide for your favorite critters. You can even make a craft version of a critter to take home with you!

GC: Art in the Garden
Saturday, August 25, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

When you visit the Conservatory this month for “Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory,” you’ll experience a  beautiful serene setting featuring amazing artwork by this local artist. Daniel will incorporate paint, found objects, and mixed media with the Forest, Lake, and Mountain plantings of this summer/fall Showcase Exhibit. Enjoy his artwork, then make a collage of your own inspiration!

FGC:  Fabulous Fall Flowers

Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn flowers! Join us this month as we learn about blossoms that open at the end of the growing season, such as chrysanthemums and asters. Are fall flowers annuals or perennials? Do they attract bees and butterflies? Which ones can you grow at home?  While you visit, you can create a simple fall flower to take home for decorating.

 

FGC: Vermicomposting 101

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

This month we will learn about using red worms to make compost for the garden (vermicomposting). Learn the basics of composting with worms and the many benefits of composting. You will discover which materials can be placed in a vermicomposting container as well as which materials should not be composted. You’ll get ideas for home to compost at home. You can also make ‘n take your own ‘wiggly worm’.

FGC:  Victorian Holiday Fun

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Join us this Thanksgiving weekend when the Showcase Garden has been transformed into a Victorian Holiday theme. Enjoy the special decorations and seasonal plants with a Victorian flair. We’ll make a simple Victorian decoration you that you can add to your own holiday collection. You can also enjoy an edible treat as you wander through the gardens!

 

Skill Building Tai Chi in the Garden

Join us at the Conservatory for some simple summer Tai Chi sessions. These classes will focus on the basics for beginners and those who would like to refresh. This summer will be a great time to introduce yourself to Tai Chi or to advance your existing skills. Keep your energy level renewed while experiencing the ancient art form of movement and grace. Tai Chi has many benefits including better posture, improved breathing, enhanced balance, and relaxation. For over 30 years instructor Sandy Gebhard has been teaching and practicing Tai Chi and was certified as an instructor by Master Dr. Paul Lam. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: July 10 and August 14. Min. 10. Max. 16. Please note: Drop-ins are welcome ($10), but please call ahead to make sure the class will be in session.

Code          Date Day         Time

327002-T1 7/17 T 5:30-6:30 pm

327002-T2 8/21 T 5:30-6:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S.

Calhoun St.

 

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 1, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Bring at least one plant to share and take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Plants can be seeds, divisions, or full-grown plants; they could be vegetables, flowers, fruits, houseplants, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, or vines (no weeds please!). Bring a box or bag to carry home your new babies. Everyone gets a number when they arrive and we take turns picking. The swap is free, but phone reservations are required by August 30. For more information or to register, call (260) 427-6446.

 

Fall Bonsai Display

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Explore a forest of miniature trees carefully trained and pruned by members of our local bonsai club. Elms, maples, junipers and other familiar plants look just like their outdoor cousins – but a fraction of their size! The club also grows tropical bonsai that don’t need special winter treatment. Learn about the fascinating hobby or just enjoy “a stroll in the miniature forest.” Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Special admission price all day, only $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free

 

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: September 11. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code     Dates    Day        Time

Tai Chi I - Beginners

427002-T1            9/18-11/6            T              9-10 am

Tai Chi I - Beginners

427002-T2            9/18-11/6            T              5-6 pm

Tai Chi II - Continuing

427002-T3            9/18-11/6            T              6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Lindy McCormick: Alcohol Inks, Acrylic, Collage, Sculptures, 3-D

September-October

Public Reception: September 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Linda McCormick, better known by her nickname Lindy, remembers one of her first experiences with art in Kindergarten. She recalls seeing an easel holding poster paints, but never had the opportunity to paint anything on it. She has since more than made up for that lost opportunity. She feels that at the age of 70, her journey as an artist, is not about herself, but rather about being overwhelmingly grateful that she’s been given the opportunity, resources, and time to explore the wild and blissful state of consciousness known as artistic expression. Her hope is that her varied pieces, including the failures, express that very gratitude. Lindy wanted to share her sincere gratitude to the Conservatory for allowing her to share her pieces with the public because it is when she is creating that she feels most ‘alive’.

 

Autumn Succulents Workshop

Take a personal-sized pumpkin and turn it into a decorative piece for your kitchen table or your desk at work! Instructor Nancy Murphy, active volunteer and succulent enthusiast, will demonstrate how to place and maintain succulents on your very own pumpkin. These easy to care for plants are fun and are sure to bring a pop-of-color to any dull space. Then, when the season is over, you can plant your succulents in a container to enjoy them for years to come. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 14. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code             Date      Day        Time

427067-S1     9/22       Sa           10-11:30 a.m.

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)

As the leaves begin to change colors and temperatures cool down, why not try something new? Shinrin-Yoku, 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. This is not your regular walk in the park, instead it is 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. Note: Additional participants may drop in, up to the class maximum, but call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadlines: September 21 and November 2. Ages 18+. Min 10. Max 15.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427070-S1            9/29      Sa           9:30 am-12 pm

427070-S2            11/10     Sa           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$23

Member or Volunteer Fee: $18

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Rodka (Roddy) Dammeyer: Oil Painting

November-December

Public Reception: November 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Rodka, known as Roddy, Dammeyer feels as though she was born with a paintbrush in her hand. A native of Fort Wayne, Dammeyer says she inherited her love for art from her father. He was a commercial artist who went on to creating fine art when he retired. Dammeyer did not become fully invested in art until her retirement, but did take some art classes through high school and in college. Currently Dammeyer is involved with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Art League, Fort Wayne Artists Guild, the Artlink of Fort Wayne, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Boyne Arts Collective, the Freshwater Gallery, and Jordan River Arts Council. She prefers oil painting but has worked in a plethora of artistic media. She loves the texture of oils and gets most of her inspiration from nature. She does some work in studios, but prefers to paint en plein aire.

 

Grow Your Own: Herbs Indoors

Herbs are always nice and handy to have when longing for their savory, robust flavors and soothing aromas. Unfortunately, as winter approaches and plants begin to die, there are not many fresh options left. Let Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder walk you through the process of keeping those hardy herbs alive indoors. Take home several herbs, so you too can enjoy those garden-fresh flavors all winter long. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 26. Min. 10. Max. 18.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427027-S1            11/3       Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Plant & Go: Fall

Showcase Exhibit Opening Day

November 17, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Calling all gardeners and gardeners-to-be! Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the first day of each new Showcase Garden exhibit to participate in a hands-on learning experience with plants. This month we’re giving out a houseplant called Swedish Ivy. Plant & Go will feature four different plants every year, coinciding with the start of each seasonal garden exhibit: January, April, July, and November. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, seed, or bulb, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant baby home to nurture. (While supplies last.) Included in regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

 

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 encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a 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: September 11, October 9, and November 13, respectively. Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code     Date      Day        Time

How Seeds Travel

427102-T1            9/18       T              10-11 am

Fall Fun

427102-T2            10/16     T              10-11 am

Cold Weather

427102-T3            11/20     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee:  1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee:  $4

Location:  Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Essential Oils: Pamper Yourself 

With winter right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the shorter days and longer nights. Why not take a minute to indulge yourself with some fun, natural products to help your body prepare for the cold months ahead? Join instructor Samantha Reitman, Young Living Independent Distributer, as she goes over some must needs for the approaching chilly days. You will make a nail serum, lash serum, and a roller bottler called “I Feel Happy”, made up of several oils to put you in a relaxed, happy mood. So come down to the Conservatory and pamper yourself before the winter hits! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 28. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427052-S1            10/6       Sa           1-2:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$16

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

Kid’s Forest Bathing Walk

(Shinrin-Yoku)

This fall Conservatory staff, along with certified forest therapy guide Christy Thomson, are excited to offer a forest bathing class for kids! Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, can also be for children, allowing them to enjoy this gentle path to wellness through nature. Christy encourages young people along this journey to focus with a deeper and clearer intuition. With the power to increase energy levels and improve sleep, kids will walk away from this class feeling more receptive to Nature’s sounds and have a better sense of peace. Note: Additional children may drop in, up to the class maximum, but call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadline: September 28. Ages 8-14. Min 6. Max 10.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427071-S1            10/7       Su           1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$19

Member or Volunteer Fee: $15

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 

 

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

The popular centerpiece workshop is here again! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece that can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. This centerpiece incorporates a candle, ribbon and pine cones for a nice holiday touch. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 12. Max. 36.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427009-R1           12/13     Th           6-7:30 pm

427009-S1            12/15     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

 


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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