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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  Summer 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.  

 

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!

$1 Nights / $1 Night Insight

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

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of every month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for Dollar Night Insight, a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required.

DNI: National Gardening Exercise Day

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

In honor of National Gardening Exercise Day, we are going to teach you some wonderful stretches you can do all while in your garden! We all know that gardening can be therapeutic, so why not add a squat or two while digging in the dirt? Come celebrate with us by taking home a special flower, learn a new move to incorporate while in the garden, enjoy a healthy treat and don’t forget to check out the exotic butterfly display.

DNI: Did You Say Fire-”Cracker”?

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

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!! We have a special treat for visitors on this memorable holiday -- making “Christmas” crackers in July! Invented by Tom Smith in the 1800s, we thought this fun craft would be perfect on a day like today. Join us at the Conservatory to make this rather loud keepsake you can take with you and enjoy just in time for the big fireworks display downtown. Pick your brain with some fun trivia to test your knowledge on the history of this special day and enjoy a light snack.

DNI: Plant Explorers

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

Most people do not realize that in the 18th and 19th centuries there were many plant explorers who accompanied expeditions that would bring magnificent plants back to Britain. One of the best known was John Tradescant, Jr., from the 17th century who with his father, brought back many plants from their travels. The genus Tradescantia (Spiderwort) was even named after them. Learn more about these plant explorers and famous others with some fun trivia, make a plant craft to take home, enjoy a plant-based treat, and explore the fascinating plants for yourself in our “Botanica Jones” showcase exhibit!

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 dr

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. 

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

GC: Plant Explorers

Saturday, July 27, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

When you visit the Conservatory this month for the “Botanica Jones: Scientist, Merchant or Thief?” Garden Exhibit, you’ll experience the manor’s formal flower gardens and pillared portico while experiencing exotic and familiar plants. As you wander about the exhibit, become a ‘plant explorer’ and go on a scavenger hunt to learn about these exotic and familiar plants.

GC: Fruits, Veggies, & Herbs

Saturday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come crunch on a carrot or some kale, chomp on some chives, maybe you could even taste a juicy tomato! By the way, is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? Come find out and bring your appetite! We’ll be cleaning out what’s left in our raised bed gardens as well as testing your garden knowledge . . . like, what’s the difference between a fruit and vegetable? So come hungry and bring your garden wisdom.

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.

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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.

Garden Preschool

Children along with a parent or guardian explore the gardens together in our Garden Preschool. 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. Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: June  11, July 9 and August 13. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code     Date      Day        Time

How to Plant Veggies

327100-T1            6/18       T              10-11 am

Container Flowers

327100-T2            7/16       T              10-11 am

Vegetable Harvest

327100-T3            8/20       T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Plant & Go: Marigold

July 13, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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 marigolds. 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 your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

Succulent Wreath Workshop

With succulent popularity on the rise, there’s no better way to bring them into your home than with a one-of-a-kind succulent wreath. Succulents are known for their medicinal properties, low maintenance and for adding structure and liveliness to gardens and homes. Join Lynda Heavrin, Manager of Landscape and Horticulture, as she introduces you to the different succulents, teaches you the basic needs of these fun plants and gives instruction on keeping them alive. Use your wreath as a centerpiece or hang it on the wall . . . whichever you chose, your family and friends are sure to admire it! Ages 16+. Registration deadline: June 1.  Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code     Date      Day        Time

327054-S1            6/15       Sa           9:30-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$23

Member or Volunteer Fee: $18

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Skill Building Tai Chi in the Garden

Join us here 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. 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: June 11, July 16 and August 13. Min. 10. Max. 16. Please note: Drop-ins are welcome for a $10 fee per evening; call ahead to make sure the class will be in session.

Code     Date      Day        Time

Tai Chi I in the Morning

327002-T1            6/18       T              9-10 am

327002-T2            7/23       T              9-10 am

327002-T3            8/20       T              9-10 am

Tai Chi II in the Evening

327002-T4            6/18       T              5-6 pm

327002-T5            7/23       T              5-6 pm

327002-T6            8/20       T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

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