Showcase Garden ~ 2017 Exhibitions
Immerse yourself in a landscape painted with colorful flowers. Our Showcase Garden changes four times a year to celebrate the changing seasons.
Visit often to see winter flowers, bulbs and spring flowers, summer bloomers, mums and fall flowers and poinsettias.
April 8-June 25
At the Conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, you’ll get at least three perspectives on these winged creatures as well as “up close and personal” time in our exhibit tent! With design input from Ball State University students, the garden offers you views from microscopic, backyard, and global angles. Match our display species with their country of origin. Learn which plants are essential for the caterpillars from which our local butterflies grow. And get a super-close look at the awesome wing scales, proboscis, and compound eyes of our butterfly friends. You won’t look at butterflies the same way again. Read more...
July 1-November 12
From summer to fall we celebrate our German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden of European flavor. Gera was established in medieval times and retains evidence of its millennia of political and social changes. It lies within the “green heart of Germany,” the central state of Thuringia, and is conscious of its responsibilities for stewardship. From the Stadtwald, or city forest, to the Renaissance-era town square and market, from the dahlia garden to the botanical garden, Gera demonstrates a respect for both nature and history. Join us in discovering more about Gera, our German sister city since 1992.
November 18-January 7
Do you remember when school was cancelled because of unexpected winter weather? Snow days were a surprise, a break in routine, an invitation to play. In the Conservatory’s holiday imagination, snowkids go out for snowball fights and forts while snowmoms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. After sunset the light lingers, bouncing off that white blanket of snow. Wet gloves and boots are dried by the fire and everyone recounts their tales of the day over a supper of soup and cheese toasties. Then it’s off to bed…because there might be school again tomorrow.
Our upcoming Show Change Weeks for 2017 include:
Spring display to the Summer/Fall display ~ June 26th through June 30 includes $1 off admission during the Show Change week!
Summer/Fall display to the Holiday display ~ November 13th through November 17th includes $1 off admission during the Show Change week!