October 28, 2021

Contact:    Rob Hines

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening in November at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street:


“Alpine Holiday” Showcase Exhibit

November 20-January 2, Public hours

Imagine the sting of snow on your cheek, the brilliance of dusted slopes and the fragrance of mountain pines. The Botanical Conservatory’s version of the Alps offers a bold glacial display that will have visitors basking in the cool blues of winter offsetting the rich deep colors of holiday poinsettias. Wind down a mountain path and admire the scenery from the porch of a snow-capped ski hut. Sponsored by English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, PBS Fort Wayne and Majic 95.1 WAJI.


Night of Lights at the Conservatory

Wednesday, November 24, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Kick-off the holidays with a stroll through enchanted gardens glistening and glowing all throughout the Botanical Conservatory. Follow a magical trail where Icelandic reindeer are waiting to greet visitors, then continue on and share the excitement of the season with jolly Santa Claus! Take in the beautiful scenery of the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit and enjoy a special treat too. Also, find warmth indoors where Conjure Coffee is open to serve. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and PBS Fort Wayne.


Late-Night Light Display

Thursdays & Fridays, November 26-December 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Amp up those holiday plans with a visit to the Botanical Conservatory where the gardens are all dressed up for the season! Dazzle at the display of stunning poinsettias, illuminated photo ops and charming scenes that bring a twinkle to the eye. Unique gifts are available for purchase in the Conservatory Shop. All this and more serves as ideal guest entertainment when the gardens in light are best seen at night, November 26 through December 17 during extended holiday hours from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings. Included with regular Conservatory admission.


Days of Holly Shopping

Saturdays, November 27-December 18, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This year Shop Small Saturday will take place on not just one Saturday, but every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Experience the holiday excitement throughout Downtown Fort Wayne, the West Main Shops, and the Wells Street Corridor. Locally owned & operated shops will be ready to host visitors this Small Business Saturday, including our Conservatory Shop! Conservatory admission not required to shop during this experience in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District.


$1 Night Insight: Vermicomposting

Thursday, November 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn about this indoor garden hobby and find out what supplies are needed to start a worm farm at home! On the first Thursday night of the month, Conservatory admission is just $1, parking is free, and there is a special $1 Night Insight fun themed activity from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. No registration required.


“Visions of the Old West” Garden Exhibit

Through November 14, Public hours

Stroll down the main street of a not-quite-Ghost Town, listen to ragtime tunes from the honky-tonk saloon and appreciate the wild and rugged beauty of cacti, succulents and wildflowers in the surrounding hillsides. Pump water from the community well, play a game of cracker-barrel checkers in the shade and look over the “WANTED” posters for local outlaws. Summer annuals will make way for autumn chrysanthemums in warm russets, tawny golds and blazing orange. Sponsored by the  M.E. Raker Foundation and Wilson Foundation.


Forest Bathing for Youth

Sunday, November 14, 1 - 3 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 5

Session Fee: $22

Leave those electronics at home and get in on some nature connectivity with the therapeutic practice of forest bathing. Seasoned guide Christy Knecht will facilitate an experience of reconnecting with nature and deepening awareness while mindfully moving through the garden. Learn more at www.wildcommunion.org. Ages 8-15. Conservatory admission included for one adult guardian to visit for duration of the workshop. Great for homeschoolers!