September 7, 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.


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. Included with regular admission. 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.  


$1 Thursday Nights

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

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.


Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Sunday, September 11, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Twenty-three amazing Fort Wayne attractions will welcome visitors for free activities and programs in this popular annual event made possible by Visit Fort Wayne. When you stop by the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory on that day you can surround yourself with nature and vignettes of the “Paris: City of Light & Love” showcase exhibit. Also featured will be live music from “Those Two Guys in Suits & Ties”  on the outdoor terrace from 12:30-2:30 p.m. See all the attractions and special offerings at


Plein Air in Paris

Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. (Session 1, Black, & White)

Saturday, September 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Session 2, Painting with Color)

In true plein air fashion you can capture the essence of your surroundings and be inspired by the French expression meaning “in the open air.” Find your artistic voice as you indulge in the creative process of exploring watercolors and painting in the landscape of the “Paris: City of Light & Love” garden exhibit. Each all-levels workshop offers one-on-one guidance from nationally recognized artist, John Kelty. Make a day of it by registering for both sessions! Supplies and Conservatory admission are included. This activity is designed for ages 15 and above. Cost is $49 per session. The registration deadline is September 10.


Fall Bonsai Show

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Stroll through a miniature forest of familiar trees and meet with members of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club who are happy to share all about this fascinating art form. An array of bonsai specimens and pots are available for cash-only purchase from the Bonsai Club. Show entry is included with general admission