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: Tiny Pines!
GC: Migration Station
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us this month as we explore the topic of migration. The behavior of migration is not just limited to birds! Other winged creatures as well as those that walk make journeys each year. We will explore all types of migrating animals and learn the reasons why they engage in this amaz- ing behavior! Create your own “migrating” ani- mal to take home. Then visit our live Butterfly Exhibit “Migration” and see some amazing live butterflies up close!
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 “pollina- tor” to take home.
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.