July 25, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

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Dollar Night Insight

August 4, 5 - 8 pm

On the first Thursday of the month, visit the gardens for $1 per person AND enjoy a brief, interactive learning moment (instead of the usual $5 & $3). Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free.. Pick up some new ideas and skills!

DNI: Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Thursday, August 4, 5 -7 pm

This month, Botanical Conservatory visitors will get insight into chocolate and how it’s derived from the fruit of a tree. Get up close to our Theobroma cacao, or Cacao Tree, and look for its funky flowers and fruit which occur at the same time on the plant. Of course, because it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day we’ll send you home with a recipe and a cookie ice cream sandwich with the help of instructor Cindy Henry.

Summer Dessert Dip

Saturday, August 6, 1 – 2 pm

If you are looking for an easy, no-bake summer dessert, we have the answer for you! Join us and create a beautiful layered summer dessert dip that is perfect for enjoying on the front porch or at your evening cookout. This recipe serves 15+ people. Instructor Cindy Henry was the owner of The Green Frog for 15 years, creating many of the recipes that are famous throughout the region. All necessary materials for this project will be provided – including the container! Ages 10+. (Age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.) Registration deadline: July 28. Min. 10. Max. 20. Fee: $25/public; $21/Conservatory member or volunteer.  Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.

Conservatory Attic Sale

Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13, 8 am – 2 pm

Are you a treasure hunter? Have we got the sale for you! You’ll uncover unusual items in the Botanical Conservatory’s “attic” sale, including former exhibit props, children’s toys, education program leftovers, floral supplies, shop display items and excess merchandise. Truly a unique event! This two-day

sale is held indoors. Admission is FREE. Come early for the best selection. We validate for parking in the Civic Center Parking Garage.

Family Garden Close-Up: Types of Tea

Saturday, August 27, 11 am – 1 pm

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday of the month and get a closer look at our plants and gardens. In August, learn about tea.  When you visit the Conservatory’s summer Tea House garden this month you can get a sensory introduction to different kinds of tea and learn about plants used for tea over the centuries. You’ll get a chance to design your own herbal tea, with a pinch of this and a spoonful of that!

Botanical Roots

Friday Nights, Through – September 2, 8:30 – 11 pm

It’s our eleventh season!! Six concerts feature Zydeco, Blues, Reggae and more with local bands performing the opening act. This year, our line-up of nationally touring artists includes, on July 29, returning Zydeco artist, C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and, on August 12, Gangstagrass, a fresh and funky mix of bluegrass and rap. Concerts are held rain or shine in our outdoor Terrace Garden. Seating is limited so please feel free to bring your own chair. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed.

Admission: $6/age 13 and older; age 12 and under free. Member entrance and early admission. For more details, call (260) 427-6440 or visit us on Facebook- Botanical Roots or www.botanicalconservatory.org. Sponsored by Design Collaborative, Fort Wayne Medals, Whatzup, PBS39, 96.3XKE, Downtown Improvement District and Holiday Inn.

Our Japanese Sister Garden Exhibit

Through November 13

The city of Fort Wayne has a “twin,” a sister city in Japan called Takaoka. We honor our friendly relations with our Japanese Sister in this lovely garden with a distinctly Japanese flavor. Pass through the entry gate to discover a green and peaceful space. In the outer garden, spots of summer annuals will give way to autumn chrysanthemums as the season progresses. Move slowly along the garden paths to calm your mind as you approach the Tea House and its simple and intimate surrounding garden. Peering into the house, you will see the utensils used for the tea ceremony as well as a scroll and flowers presented for quiet study. Gain insight into Takaoka’s culture through a display of items presented by their city to ours, on loan from The History Center. Sponsored by the M.E. Raker Foundation, the Magee-O’Connor Foundation, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International and Majic 95.1.

Discovery Corner: Veggies from the Garden

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 relating to a monthly theme. In August, we’ll explore Moths and Butterflies. Our materials are all safe and 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; preregistration is no required.

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