Grandparent Membership

Grandparents! In response to many requests, the Conservatory now offers a Grandparent Membership which allows admission for two adults in a household and all their grandchildren age 17 and younger. Conservatory memberships are valid for a year from the date of purchase.

Membership allows free admission anytime during public hours, including special events. In addition, members receive a 10%
discount in the Conservatory Gift Shop and Sales Garden and reciprocal benefits at 280 other gardens around the country. Individual membership $35; Family or Grandparent membership $50. Other categories are available. You may also consider our Add-a-Guest option to upgrade your basic membership: for $15 you can bring any other person with you whenever you visit. To purchase a membership, stop by, call (260) 427-6440, or sign up online at www.

$1 Night

November 6, 5 – 8 pm

On the first Thursday night of the month the Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne offers $1 admissions, 5-8 pm, for adults and children. Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free.

November-December Artist – Karen Starn

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Artist Reception: Sunday, November 9, 1-3 pm

Karen, a painter and educator, works primarily in watercolor to explore floral subjects as well as wildlife, portraits, and renderings of old buildings. She graduated in 1981 from Indiana University with a degree in graphic arts and worked as an art director, advertising artist and illustrator for over 35 years. She has won many awards in local and regional art shows. Karen was the founder and president of the Fort Wayne ArtSource. She is a mentoring artist in the Fort Wayne community. Exhibit included free with regular Conservatory admission: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. For more info, call (260) 427-6440.

Science Fun: Turkey Time

Saturday, November 15, 11am & 1pm

Turkeys are game birds, the largest kind native to North America. You’ll learn some fascinating things about wild and domestic turkeys. How large ARE they? Are they really bald?  Do turkeys fly? Are they all named “Tom” or “Jake”? And what’s that red thing under their chin? You’ll gobble-gobble this class right up! Preregistration is not required and the program is free with regular Conservatory admission (members and volunteers admitted free): $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Children age 2 and under free. For more info, call (260) 427-6440.

Peppermint Party

Saturday, November 22, 10:30 – 1 pm

Join us for some holiday fun making peppermint bath and body treats! In this workshop our certified soap makers will show you how to make your own Peppermint Bark Soap, Peppermint Bath Salt and Peppermint Bath Bomb using all natural skin loving ingredients. All your Peppermint Bath Treats can be festively wrapped up and ready for gift giving. Yummy peppermint treats (that you can eat) and festive holiday music will be served up during this fun holiday workshop. Ages 10 – adult. Registration deadline: November 14. $34/public; $26/Conservatory member or volunteer. Min 10. Max 32. To register, call (260) 427-6000 or visit

Family Garden Close-Up: Groovy Plants

Saturday, November 22, 11am - 1pm

Plants play many roles in the environment and in human life: edible, buildable, recyclable, and visual. But what about musical? Could plants “play” a role in the fabrication of a musical instrument? Do they make their own music? Join us as we “play around” to find out, and we’ll see if we can make some music with plants! FGC is especially great for young learners. Free with regular Conservatory admission: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; children age 2 and under free. For more info call (260) 427-6440.

Holiday Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, November 26, 5 – 9 pm

Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie and get a treat bag and a free, professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, indoors and out. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit to our beautiful holiday garden and displays. Regular Conservatory admission fees apply. No reservations required. Sponsored by PBS 39 and 95.1 Best FM.

Discovery Corner: Feathers

During November in the Discovery Gallery

Our young visitors enjoy stories and activities behind Woody the Talking Tree. November, we’ll learn about Feathers. Read aloud and explore together. Free with admission; great for preschool and kindergarten as well as other young learners. For more info, call (260) 427-6445.

“Rhythm and Flow” Garden Exhibit

Through November 16

The Botanical Conservatory will introduce a lovely, color-drenched setting for brides and other visitors in their Showcase Garden. Using the landscape architect’s design tools of repetition and form, “Rhythm and Flow” features swaths of color formed of chrysanthemum beds, punctuated by geometric topiary sculptures, to provide an exciting eye-scape for the visitor. A “green wall” planting draws living texture right up the vertical entrance surfaces. Blue-grey grasses and succulent plants contrast with the bright hues and define the surfaces of sculptural spheres and cubes. The suspended canopy offers a frame for photography and weddings throughout the fall. Sponsored by 95.1 Best FM.

“High Style Holidays”Garden Exhibit

November 22-January 4, 2015

High Style Holidays is a poinsettia-filled Christmas display meant to capture the elegant flair and lively spirit of the era between World Wars I and II. This jubilant interpretation of Art Deco style and Roaring ‘20s chic offers visitors a variety of backdrops for holiday enjoyment and family pictures. The Showcase includes a paved plaza under a twinkling, lighted canopy where guests may relax to the lively sounds of jazz reminiscent of the period. The centerpiece, a 6-foot tall Art Deco reindeer, stands atop a platform surrounded by vivid poinsettias in the shades of wine, red, and pink and holiday décor in the shimmering

tones of silver, gold, and champagne. Lighted evergreens help to shape a showcase for the period sleigh that once belonged to Helene Foellinger. Additional cut Christmas trees of spruce and pine, the largest of which have been donated by Fort Wayne citizens, will decorate the borders and beds around the perimeter of the Showcase Garden. Sponsored by 95.1 Best FM, PBS 39 and Wells Fargo Charitable Trust.

For additional information about any of these events please visit: or call  260.427.6440. 

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