What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in July


 Yoga in the Garden

Wednesdays, July 3 – July 31, 5:30-6:30 pm (No Class July 10)

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 are for all levels and are tailored to fit the ability level of the individual.

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 http://www.lanahlink.com/ href="http://www.lanahlink.com/">http://www.lanahlink.com/ face="Times New Roman">www.lanahlink.com. Note: If a session meets its registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $10 per night, up to the class maximum. If minimums are not met, the program will be cancelled. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: June 26.Min.13. Max. 18. Fee: $30/public; $24/Conservatory member or volunteer. For more information or to register, call the Conservatory at (260) 427-6440 or the Park Department at 427-6000.


$1 Night

Thursday, July 4, 5 - 8 pm

On the first Thursday night of the month we offer $1 admissions, 5-8 pm, for adults and children. Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free. Enjoy our evening hours at a special discount once a month. For more info, call (260) 427-6440.


Artists Open Call

July 6 – 13, Conservatory public hours

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will hold an open call for visual art to be displayed on our gallery walls during the 2014 exhibit year. Oil, acrylic, photography, pen-and-ink, and similar media encouraged. Submit digital images of a representative selection of work on a CD. Exhibits will have a two-month duration. Pieces must be ready to hang. Selected artists will be announced on the Conservatory’s website on Thursday, August 1. Please visit http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ href="http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/">http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ face="Times New Roman">www.botanicalconservatory.org for additional information.


Daylily Show

Saturday, July 13, 10 am – 2 pm

Enjoy the cheerful colors and surprising variety of one of summer’s favorite flowers, the daylily, with a flower show presented by the Fort Wayne Daylily Society. Daylilies are a rugged and dependable garden flower with colors from white and yellow to peach and raspberry. Let the experts help you select the best varieties for your garden. Plants may be available for purchase. The show is held on the first Saturday of Three Rivers Festival. Special discounted admission to the show and gardens: $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.



Family Fun Day

Tuesday, July 16, 10 am – 3 pm

It’s family fun time at the Conservatory during the Three Rivers Festival! Kids can play the day away on our giant inflatable slide, bounce around in a moonwalk, and go for a boat ride in the paddle pond (some height and/or age restrictions may apply). Explore a FWFD fire truck, do the twist or hula hoop at the bubble dance party, get a balloon animal, make some crafts and play games. Enjoy lunch or a snack at our Food Court, hot dogs and other items will be available for 50¢. A responsible adult must accompany children. No reservations required; regular admission applies: $5/adult, $3 child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under. Wear your TRF button to receive an admission discount. For more details, call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 FM.


2-Liter Terrarium

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Don’t throw away your empty 2-liter bottles; don’t even put them in the recycle bin. Turn them into terrariums! IPFW assistant professor of biology Dr. Jordan Marshall will help us take a closer look at soil and the composting process by constructing a terrarium from a 2-liter bottle and adding some plant features as well. But that’s not all; no 2-liter terrarium is complete without the addition of some red wigglers to aid in the process. Every participant should bring a CLEAR 2-liter bottle and “wiggle” on down for this one! Registration deadline: July 11. All ages. Min. 10. Max. 35. $11/public; $9 Conservatory member or volunteer. For more information or to register, call the Conservatory at (260) 427-6440 or the Park Department at 427-6000.



Saturday, July 20, 7 – 10 pm

Doors open at 6 pm

Bring your lawn chair and join us outside in the gardens for the annual Three Rivers Festival fireworks finale as we bring you some of the best jazz the region has to offer. You’ll be able to find the perfect spot on the Terrace or in the Exploration Garden with food and beverage available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing. No outside food or beverage allowed. The Brat Pack will open the evening, singing standards from the American songbook. Then you’ll want to get up and dance with the Farmland Jazz Band as they take you, New Orleans style, up to the fireworks finale. Our outdoor gardens are some of the best viewing areas for the fireworks in town! No reservations needed. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; discount with TRF button. Sponsored by WBNI and NewsChannel 15. For additional information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ href="http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/">www.botanicalconservatory.org.


Botanical Brown Bag: Greet Those Mosquitoes

Thursday, July 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Did you know there are more than 50 species of mosquito in Indiana? You might want to bring some itch relief cream to this Brown Bag, because just talking about these creatures can make your skin crawl. Dave Fiess from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will explain the biology and habitats of mosquitoes, prevention and control measures, and what YOU can do to help the community. Drop in and pay at the door: $5/public adult; $3/child ages 3-17 or Conservatory member or volunteer. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.


Botanical Roots Concert Series

Fridays, July 26 – August 30

Doors Open: 7:30 pm / Opening Act: 8:30 pm

Get ready for our eighth year of musical fun! Six concerts with nationally touring artists feature zydeco, blues, reggae and more, with local bands opening. Concerts will be held outdoors in our Terrace Garden, rain or shine. Seating is limited, so please bring your own chair. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed. Admission: $6/13 years and older. Free for ages 12 and under. Here’s the lineup:


  • July 26th   Roots Rock Society,  Reggae,     
  • August 2nd  Nikki Hill     
  • August 9th  Nic Cowan  
  • August 16th  Morry Sochat and the Special 20’s
  • August 23rd   CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Zydeco 
  • August 30th  Deals Gone Bad, Ska   


For more details, call (260) 427-6440 or visit us at http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ href="http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/">www.botanicalconservatory.org or at Facebook Botanical Roots. Sponsored by Fort Wayne Metals Research, the Downtown Improvement District, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, WhatzUp, Rock 104, and PBS39.



Family Garden Close-Up: Beat the Heat

Saturday, July 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Get a closer look at our plants and gardens on the fourth Saturday of the month with short walks, crafts and snacks. We will visit one of our gardens to discover a different feature. You’ll get the opportunity to see what the Conservatory truly has to offer as you learn fun and valuable information. Especially fun for families with young children. In July, let’s do an activity involving water to cool down this summer, as we talk about the importance of water to plants and gardens. We’ll make a splish splash water craft with a snack to follow. The Exploration Garden will be our focus, where there are water features to get an up-close and personal look. Not too close, of course! Drop in. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17.


Iris Sale

Sunday, July 28, noon3 pm

The local iris hobbyists and growers team up once a year to offer the public the chance to purchase starts of their favorite iris varieties. Irises are a workhorse in the garden, providing color throughout the spring and early summer when several types are included in your plantings. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. Special discounted admission to the iris sale and Conservatory gardens: $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.


Discovery Corner: Deserts

Daily in the Discovery Gallery

Our youngest visitors are always welcome to visit the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree where they’ll find stories and activities. This month’s theme is Wind. Our materials are suitable for kids in pre-K through 1st grade. Adults are encouraged to read aloud to their young learners and explore ideas together. The Discovery Corner is free with general admission; no pre-registration required.


Butterflies with an African Beat exhibit

Through July 7

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The Conservatory’s annual live butterfly exhibit will be ending in early July. If you haven’t visited this year, time is running out! Showy butterfly specimens from the Old and New World join species imported from tropical Africa to mesmerize visitors as they get a close look in our display tent. Enjoy the stunning Blue Morpho and friendly Owl butterflies as well as a variety of swallowtail and brushfooted species. Guests can explore the sounds and rhythms of the drum. Sponsored by WMEE 97.3 FM. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ href="http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/">www.botanicalconservatory.org


Gardens of New Orleans

July 13 – November 17

The Conservatory will capture the sensuous feeling of the lush gardens and window boxes of the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans in this summer-to-fall exhibit. Showy flowers, trailing vines, wrought iron and clipped symmetry represent the orderly chaos of the “Old South” style. Brides and photographers are sure to appreciate the opportunities this garden offers. Exhibit sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 FM. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit our webpage at http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/ href="http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/">www.botanicalconservatory.org.


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