September 30, 2022

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Fort Wayne, Ind. –The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory at 1100 South Calhoun Street presents the following events and programs this month.


Pumpkin Path Display

October 4-30, public hours

Enjoy fall surroundings in the outdoor Exploration Garden decorated in its seasonal best. As part of this interactive display, you are invited to join in a scavenger hunt and see discover what there is to see! You are also welcome to pose with festive photo ops along the way. Included with regular Conservatory admission. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI and Classic Hits 101.7.



Bee the Change/$1 Thursday Nights

Thursday, October 6, and each Thursday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

On the first Thursday of the month beginning at 5:30 p.m., a special Bee the Change activity will offer a positive reflection of self-worth and the potential for positive impact in the community. The October Bee the Change theme is “Happy ‘Green’ Halloween”. No registration is required. The Conservatory admission is just $1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday. Plus, Civic Center Garage parking is validated for free.



Botanical Brew

Friday, October 7, 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Meet your friends downtown at the Botanical Conservatory for a sampling of all things brewed! Your taste buds are sure to be delighted with some local favorites as you sample coffee, tea, cider, craft beer, wine and spirits. Wander the gardens to also enjoy featured food trucks and entertainers busking throughout. Packaged beverages will be available for purchase. No outside food or beverage is permitted. Admission is $10 per person. Sponsored by 89.1 WBOI, WANE 15 and Fort Wayne Metals.



Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, October 15, doors open at 7:00 p.m., Movie starts at 9:15 p.m.

It is the Conservatory’s 14th season celebrating the time warp at the Botanical Conservatory! Weather permitting, this cult classic movie is shown on the outdoor Terrace Garden as part of the Downtown Improvement District’s Fright Night. Lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing Company. No outside food or beverage is permitted. Please no rice or confetti during this participatory movie event. This film is rated R with content not suitable for younger audiences. Attendees age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: $10 for all ages. Sponsored by ALT 99.5 FM and 102.3 FM and Mad Anthony Brewing Company.



Pumpkin Macramé

Sunday, October 16, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Accompanied by boho macramé, this trendy wall hanging holds a tiny pumpkin topped with a tiny succulent cutting! Make one of your own with master of knots Laurie Higi. This beginner’s level workshop offers step-by-step instruction on simple knotting techniques with naturalized cotton rope and wooden beads. Don’t miss out on this festive outing where Conservatory admission is included. This class is designed for ages 15 and above. The class fee is $28 per person. Registration is available online at The deadline to register is October 10.



Garden Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Gather up the kiddos for this family-friendly (not-so-scary) Halloween event at the Botanical Conservatory. All are invited to dress up and scout out sweet treats and spook-tacular tricks when visiting the indoor and outdoor gardens. Also snap boo-tiful photos when making your way through the scenic outdoor Pumpkin Path. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Sponsored by Stoner’s Funstore, Majic 95.1 WAJI and Fox 55.



Paris: City of Light & Love

Until November 13, public hours

Paris, France has long exuded romance through its iconic cityscape, art, architecture and famous riverbanks. Over time, a secluded atmosphere of cafes, lush landscapes and carefree glamour have come to define Parisian style. Catch a glimpse of a day in Paris through familiar scenes and playful hues adorning a public square in the Botanical Conservatory’s summer and fall exhibit. It’s bursting with light and love. This special exhibit is included with regular admission and sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, M.E. Raker Foundation, Waterfield Foundation, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Foundation, Edward M. Wilson Foundation, Majic 95.1 WAJI, Classic Hits 101.7 and WANE 15.



Susan Taylor Suraci: Paris Dream of 2018

Until November 13, public hours

Enjoy works of art by local and regional artists on display at the Botanical Conservatory. Susan Taylor Suraci originally hails from the Washington D.C. metro area. She is a 1982 graduate from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Studio Art and a longtime Fort Wayne resident. Suraci is an active member of Artlink and an exhibitor at The Castle Gallery. She is also a recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission grant. In 2018, Suraci realized a lifelong dream of visiting Paris where she stayed mostly in the charming Montmartre neighborhood that was home to many 19th century Impressionist artists. The resulting artwork is on display now through November 13 at the Botanical Conservatory.