Upcoming events at the Conservatory

Orchid Show

Visit the Orchid Show November 5 from 12-5 p.m. and November 6 from 12-4 p.m. Jewel-like blossoms never fail to enchant the viewer with their exotic charms at the annual juried orchid show. Orchid growers from all over the region will compete in specimen, collection, and creative display categories. Vendors will offer plants and orchid-related merchandise. Enjoy this spectacular display of orchids with a special low Conservatory admission price: $3/adult, $2/child, age two and under are free. This event is sponsored by the Three Rivers Orchid Society.

Art Exhibit: Greg Becker – Acrylic on Canvas: November/December

Artist Reception: November 13 from 1-3 p.m.

Greg’s passion for art has been with him since his beginnings in a rural, one-stoplight Indiana town. After high school, Greg completed a Commercial Arts degree with a Fine Arts minor at the University of Saint Francis. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Fort Wayne, where he is an Art Director. Regular Conservatory admission applies to see displays: $5/adult; $3 children age 3-17; and free for children two and under.

Drop-In Yoga in the Garden

Wednesdays in November, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The practice of yoga is a wonderful way to build strength and flexibility, reduce stress and enhance general well-being. Taught by certified yoga instructor and world traveler Lanah K. Hake, these classes provide a sampling of a variety of yoga styles and are tailored to fit the ability level of the group. A few blankets and mats are available but you should bring your own supplies if you have them. Additional class information is available by following Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on Facebook, or by checking the instructor’s website at www.lanahlink.com. Ages 15+. Fee is $7 for public; $5 for members, payable at each class session. No registration required.

Science Fun for Everyone: Whales and Dolphins

November 12 and 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and November 17 at 6 p.m.

They dive to the depths of the sea to fight giant squids. They guide lost sailors back to shore. They navigate the oceans of the world using clicks and whistles. Investigate the facts and fables surrounding whales and dolphins as we take an up-close look into the lives of these magnificent marine mammals. Tom Foltz offers fun, family friendly experiments, demonstrations, and activities to help you learn. NISTEM participants (www.nistem.org) earn points for attending. No registrations; regular Conservatory admission applies: $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3-17.

Bow Making Workshop

Thursday, November 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how professional decorators tie the amazing bows seen on the best presents and wreaths? Sign up for this hands-on class and learn all the inside secrets from designer and Conservatory volunteer Penny Krebs. With the small class size, each participant will receive plenty of one-on-one interaction as they master this initially tricky but eventually highly rewarding skill. Just in time for holiday wrapping! Ages 14-adult. Registration deadline is Friday, November 4. Fee is $12 for public; $9 for members. To register call 427-6011 or go online at www.fortwayneparks.org.

Terrific Terrariums

Saturday, November 12 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Who says you have to stop gardening just because there’s a foot of snow on the ground? You can bring plants indoors and brighten up your home with a terrarium! Learn about their history, gather ideas for designs and styles, and discover the best kind of plants and soil to use. Master Gardener and Conservatory volunteer Kathy Lee will get you ready to find basic materials around the house from which to make your own terrarium to add life to your home throughout the year. Ages 14-adult. Registration deadline is Friday, November 4. Fee is $19 for the public; $15 for members. To register, call 427-6011 or  go online at ww.fortwayneparks.org.

Pinata Paradise: November 19-December 4

Pinatas, a traditional feature in Mexican birthdays and Christmas parties, are a creative outlet for everyday artists. Enjoy the Conservatory’s imaginative holiday pinatas, showcased in our Desert Garden. Scores of entries are designed and decorated by area children who want o share the holiday spirit. In mid-December, these candy-filled creations are donated to children’s agencies for their holiday celebrations. If your family, seniors group, school group, scout troop, or youth group would like to participate by designing, filling, and donating a pinata, please call 427-6446. Sponsored by PBS 39, WAJI Majic 95.1 FM, and Media 401. This exhibit is included in regular Conservatory admission: $5 adults; $3 children ages 3-17 and free for children two and under.

Night Before Christmas Exhibit: November 19-January 8

All the delight of the holiday season comes together during the Conservatory’s year-end exhibit. Scenes from the famous poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” may be found throughout a Showcase Garden carpeted with colorful poinsettias. The poet, Clement Moore, is credited for defining our popular image of Santa Claus, who in Moore’s time was regarded uniquely by each of the different nationalities settling America. Our traditional 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree remains a focal point and family photo backdrop, and a stroll through the lighted gardens concludes a satisfying visit. Sponsored by the Kuhne Foundation, PBS 39, and Media 401. Admission is $5 adult; $3 children 3-17 and children two and under are free.

Holiday Kick-Off Party: November 23 from 5-9 p.m. 

Enjoy free hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a photo with Santa. See two live reindeer and explore the holiday garden exhibits. Don’t forget to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown lighting ceremony either before or after visiting the gardens. No reservations required. This event is sponsored by PBS 39, WAJI Majic 95.1 FM, and Media 401. For more information, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org or call 427-6440. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3-17 and free for children two and under.

The Botanical Conservatory is located at 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne.

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