November 22-January 4, 2015
Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Thursday 10 am-8 pm; Sunday 12-4 pm
Thanksgiving Day: 4-8 pm
Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's
High Style Holidays
November 22-January 4, 2015
High Style Holidays is a poinsettia-filled Christmas display meant to capture the elegant flair and lively spirit of the era between World Wars I and II. This jubilant interpretation of Art Deco style and Roaring ‘20s chic offers visitors a variety of backdrops for holiday enjoyment and family pictures. The Showcase includes a paved plaza under a twinkling, lighted canopy where guests may relax to the lively sounds of jazz reminiscent of the period. The centerpiece, a 6-foot tall Art Deco reindeer, stands atop a platform surrounded by vivid poinsettias in the shades of wine, red, and pink and holiday décor in the shimmering tones of silver, gold, and champagne. Lighted evergreens help to shape a showcase for the period sleigh that once belonged to Helene Foellinger. Additional cut Christmas trees of spruce and pine, the largest of which have been donated by Fort Wayne citizens, will decorate the borders and beds around the perimeter of the Showcase Garden. Sponsored by 95.1 Best FM, PBS 39 and Wells Fargo Charitable Trust.
Regular Conservatory admission applies.
High Style Holidays is sponsored by:
Extended Holiday Hours
November 27 - December 19
The Conservatory will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings from Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. Enjoy an evening downtown at the botanical gardens, done up for the holidays. The gift shop and sales garden are also open until 8:00 p.m.
High Style Jazz in the Garden
Thursday, December 4, 5:30-7:30 pm
Enjoy a holiday date night downtown at the Botanical Conservatory. You can stroll the decorated gardens of the High Style Holiday exhibit and take in a jazz concert, as well. The Farmland Jazz Band performs in a manner reminiscent of 1920s improvisational jazz while choosing from a repertoire of New Orleans, Dixieland, Standard and Traditional jazz music along with some original selections. The performance is included with your special $1-per-person admission to the Conservatory on $1 Night! For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
Garden in Lights
November 26-January 4
We’ve decorated not only the Showcase House, where you’ll find the customary poinsettias and elegance, but the Tropical and Desert Houses and the outdoor gardens as well. Especially effective during our evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the gardens are lovely throughout the holidays and provide a tremendous backdrop for family photos, out-of-town guest entertainment, great conversations, and even marriage proposals! Make the most of your visit as you enjoy one of Fort Wayne’s treasured resources for beauty and relaxation. Our gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping.
Santa & the Reindeer
Saturdays before Christmas 12:00-4:00 pm
December 6, 13 & 20
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “High Style Holidays”. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by PBS 39 and 95.1 Best FM. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
Member Holiday Night
Friday, December 12, 5-8 pm
Conservatory members are invited to a special open house during our extended evening hours. Enjoy musical entertainment by Mike Conley with some light holiday refreshments and a beverage, compliments of the Conservatory, then stroll the gardens indoors and out to experience the holiday lights and exhibits. Not a current member? You can register or renew that evening: $35/individual, $50/family or grandparent membership.