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.
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!