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The Lawton Park Greenhouse has been a fixture of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department since the early 1920's. Employees at the greenhouse are responsible for growing over 130,000 plants for the Botanical Conservatory (4 new themed Showcase displays yearly), the Conservatory Gift Shop at the Botanical Conservatory, floral displays in the parks and the Children's Zoo, at the Foellinger Theatre, for the Mother's Day Plant Sale at McMillen Community Center and the School Children's Flower and Vegetable Association (SCFVA) which has also been around since the 1920's!

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What's currently growing in the Greenhouse?

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The greenhouse staff and volunteers are busy preparing poinsettia plants, Dusty Miller and large Blue Salvia varieties for the "Christmas Connections" Holiday Garden Exhibit (November 23-January 5) at the Botanical Conservatory. If you would like to purchase poinsettias for your home or to give as gifts, drop by the Botanical Conservatory starting in mid-November. There is no charge to visit the gift shop! Check out more at:

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In addition to the poinsettias, we have a nice collection of cactus and succulents for the Gift Shop and Home & Garden Show and tropicals for the next Conservatory show "Christmas Connections Exhibit".

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We have a Facebook page just for the SCFVA program!  Like our page today and learn more as the season progresses on growing vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and potted plants!

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Beneficial Insects at Work!

Just what are beneficial insects?  And how do they "work"?  Check back soon for information on this!

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Ready for a "pop of color"?  This colorful pansy provide just the right "pop"!

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We have so many different plants growing this time of year so we are very busy planting, watering and caring for them so they can be the perfect backdrop in the parks, Conservatory or in your home!

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A few of our many volunteers are pictured here hard at work transplanting seedlings.


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The white and light purple flowers are bougainvillea! The name is so
exotic just like this beauty! 

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Pansies are a great flower that survives colder
temperatures in the spring and fall.

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Have you ever smelled Orange Tree blossoms? Wow.
We are growing stock plants used for cuttings for the yearly Mother's Day Plant Sale.

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Lots of flowers, vegetables and  herbs are started from seed for various places including for the SCFVA Show.


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 The beauty and fragrance of the orchids is overwhelming! Orchids are grown to be enjoyed year around at the Botanical Conservatory

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Have you ever felt the texture of a Lantana leaf and then
took in that wonderful smell? If so, you will never forget
the experience. We grow plenty of Lantana for different
park locations.

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What do you think these photos are showing? If you guessed it is a water tank and the cooling cells are draining into are correct!

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The Conservatory Gift Shop at the Conservatory
carries a wide variety of cactus and succulents
that get their start at the Greenhouse.


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The glass house is the perfect place for the cactus
and succulents as it allows in more light but gets cooler
faster than our other "plastic" houses. The glass house
is the only one remaining of the original green houses
and was built around 1925.

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We rely on a whole team of volunteers to help with the
Bonsai. Bonsai are avaiable for purchase at the Botanical
Conservatory Gift Shop, at the Home and Garden Show, and yearly at the Mother's Day Plant Sale.

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One of our greenhouses holds some of our larger tropical plants
including Bird of Paradise. You can see these awesome
gems at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and yearly in the Winter Showcase at the Botanical Conservatory.

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