January 30, 2020
Contact: Rob Hines
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Here’s what’s happening at the Botanical Conservatory in February 2020.
Sweetheart Orchid Display
Opens Tuesday February 4
Make a date for the Botanical Conservatory to enjoy the lovely indoor gardens and special display of orchids. Take a moment to capture a photo under the orchid arbor planted with a cascade of striking Cattleyas, fragrant Dendrobiums, dainty Oncidiums, and moth-like Phalaenopsis against a backdrop of our lush Tropical Garden. Then, browse the Conservatory gift shop and purchase an orchid or other sweet memorable gift.
$1 Night Insight: Cactus Vibes
Thursday, February 6, 6-7 p.m.
The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night, drop in to the Conservatory program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. This month, stay sharp by learning about the symbolism behind a cactus. Participants will also be able to enjoy a light snack and get their point across with a heartfelt message on a cacti craft.
Doggie Daze Craze
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Take part in tail-wagging activities, win games, and make crafts, all with a doggie theme. A scavenger hunt will test visitors’ dog breed knowledge. Everyone will paws-itively adore the “Dog Days of Winter” exhibit featuring topiary dogs, a dog show and dog park. Local experts will be on hand to teach about keeping dogs as pets, obedience training and more. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by Majic 95.1.
Principles of Tai Chi
Tuesdays, February 4-25, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Four sessions, $37
All are welcome to find a sense of relaxation when practicing basic principles of Tai Chi as an ancient Chinese movement. This February class will focus on breathing, quieting the mind, moving slowly, and developing confidence in balance and weight shifts. It will also help to develop efficiency and flow in your movement. Instructor Liz Monnier has studied and practiced Tai Chi Principles for 30 years. As a founding member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, she continues to be an Outreach Teacher as a Guild Certified Feldengrais® Practitioner. Note: Non-registered persons may drop in for $10 per session; please call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+.
Preschool Story Time
Thursday, February 20, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
The Allen County Public Library will be offering a themed story time that is enthusiastically read and specially designed for children ages 3-5 years. At least one adult is required to stay for the duration. Seating is limited, so phone reservations are required. Registration deadline: February 15. Included with general admission. For more information or to register, call (260) 427-6445.
Mini Macramé Air Plant Hanger
Saturday, February 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
One session, $19
Macramé is back and with a modernized style that is trending now more than ever before! Join self-taught instructor and master of knotting techniques Tiffany Welbaum in hand-making a mini macramé hanger that is the perfect fit for a medium-sized air plant. This popular design element for home or office incorporates naturalized cotton string, a bamboo hoop, and an epiphytic houseplant. Care tips will be provided along with simple techniques and step-by-step instructions. Conservatory admission is included so be sure to make time and enjoy the gardens. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 15.
New Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, February 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dog Days of Winter Garden Exhibit
Opens through April 12
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
The “dog days of summer” means hot, humid, outdoor weather, but our fanciful opposite – the Dog Days of Winter – provides a fun time to visit indoors, in spite of the weather. This garden of make-believe invites young visitors to imagine what it would be like to own a dog – or be one! A variety of topiary breeds occupy the garden beds, but the Dog Park Agility Course is a playground for doggie-wannabes.
Choose a favorite breed at the Dog Show, try on different sizes of Dog Housing to see which fits best, and practice howling at the moon. Visitors can also learn a bit about pet care at the Doggie Doctor and take a simple quiz to find out which breeds they resemble. Featuring lush tropicals, winter-bloomers, and later in the season, early spring-flowering bulbs, the Dog Days of Winter will bring welcome relief from the chill of the season. Sponsored by the Magee-O’Connor Foundation, the Howard P. Arnold Foundation and Majic 95.1.
For more information, visit BotanicalConservatory.org or call 260-427-6440.