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. This drop-in program is included in your regular Conservatory admission fee: $5 adults, $3 children ages 3-17; age 2 and under, members and volunteers admitted free.
Garden Close-Up: Winter Blooming Plants
Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
GC: Awesome Arthropods
Saturday, April 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm
What is an arthropod? Are all arthropods ‘bugs’? We will learn what an arthropod is and about the different kinds found around here and afar. Join us as we learn about insects, arachnids, and more! Create your own “awesome arthropod” to take home. Then visit our Butterfly Exhibit and see some amazing live butterflies and other arthropods up close!
GC: The Four Bs: Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies!
Saturday, May 26, 11:00am – 1:00pm
What do birds, bats, bees and butterflies all have in common? There are actually several things! At this special learning station, we will explore the world of these four amazing creatures, their similarities and differences. We will also learn how important they are to our world here and abroad. You can get up close and personal with some of these creatures when you visit our live butterfly exhibit or view our observation beehive. Then, make your own beautiful “B” creature to take home.
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!