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.
GC: Jungle Plantimals
Saturday, July 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
If you’re wondering what a Plantimal is, look no further. Join us this month in our Tropical Garden to discover plants with animal names. Go on a scavenger hunt using picture clues to find these amazing plants. Once you spot a Plantimal, you’ll understand how it got its name!
GC: German Gardens
Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
When you visit the Conservatory’s Blumengarten exhibit this month, you’ll experience something of what German gardens are like. Learn about the modern German style that includes beautiful ornamental grasses and perennials in a free-flowing, meadow-like design. And discover the phenomenon of the Schrebergarten, which doubles as a veggie plot and summer getaway. As you stroll in the gardens, enjoy nibbling on a special German treat.
FGC: Pumpkin or Gourd?
Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
At this time of year we see many homes decorated for the autumn season with pumpkins. But are they really pumpkins or are they gourds? Or do people decorate with both pumpkins and gourds? This month we will look at the differences between these two popular autumn vine fruits. You can even make your own autumn decoration to take home.
FGC: Creepy Critters
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
At the end of October, our minds may think of “creepy critters”. What makes a critter creepy? Join us this month as we learn about bats and spiders and why some think that they are creepy. We will also learn about some of the spiders and bats found in our area. You can make and take home a “creepy critter,” if you like.
Saturday, November 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
SNOW has blanketed the Botanical Conservatory! As you enjoy our “Snow Days” exhibit, stop by this special learning station to learn about nature’s beautiful winter decoration: the snowflake! Enjoy a holiday treat and make your own unique snowflake to display at home.