June 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Kathy Pargmann (260-427-6004)

                           Manager Lead - Marketing


Bug Day

Saturday, June 23, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

Explore and learn about the exciting world of exotic butterflies and other arthropods at our summer “Bug Day” event.  Visitors take part in activities, games and crafts, all with a “buggy theme”.  Get up close and personal with one of our resident arthropods or take home a bug balloon crafted by a local balloon artist. Edible insects, anyone? Several local organizations will be on hand to help you learn more and to answer your questions about honey bees, butterflies, mosquitoes and more!  Admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under. Sponsored by WPTA-TV ABC21, and WAJI Magic 95.1 FM. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.

“Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory”

July 14-November 11                                    

While some gardens feature art, this garden is its own work of art. “Art of the Garden” blurs the line between landscape and fine art, interpreting natural features – forest, mountain, and lake – in a human-made aesthetic experience. The exhibit is designed to evoke surprise, intrigue, and moments of reflection in the visitor. Constructed using natural materials and innovative fabrication, the exhibit mimics, but does not copy, nature. A reflecting pond, a grove of trees, and colorful, textured plantings are complemented by contemporary art works including mural paintings, a multi-media artifact wall, and the sculptural representation of a mountain. Experience this collaborative art and garden installation created by local artist Daniel Dienelt and landscape designer Chad Shaw. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1, Wise TV/Fort Wayne CW, English Bonter Mitchell and the M.E. Raker Foundations. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Gardens of Europe: Photography

Now – August 31

Ramon F. Miller of Gera, Germany, is a landscape architect with a photographer’s eye. On his travels through Europe to visit private and public gardens, Ramon has captured images that reveal his own aesthetic priorities as well as the breadth of Western garden design. This photographic exhibit brings the horticultural wealth of Europe to us in vibrant color and lively definition. Ramon’s works will be displayed at the Botanical Conservatory throughout the summer, coinciding with German Fest in early June and extending through our Botanical Roots concert season to the end of August. Exhibit admission is included in regular admission. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Meet the Artist: European Gardens through German Eyes

Thursday, July 19, 6:00-7:30 pm

Photographer and landscape architect Ramon F. Miller of our Sister City Gera, Germany, will be visiting Fort Wayne during the Three Rivers Festival. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. As you join the discussion. Ramon will provide personal insight into his photography exhibit of stunning European gardens, on display at the Botanical Conservatory this summer. A question and answer session follows. Included in regular admission; Conservatory members and volunteers admitted free. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Daylily Show

Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 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 lovely and durable garden flower with a surprising array of colors and forms. Enjoy the cut flower display and speak with experienced gardeners about growing them in your own yard. Plants available for purchase. The show is held on the first Saturday of Three Rivers Festival. Special discounted admission to the Conservatory gardens and Daylily show: $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Iris Sale

Sunday, July 29, 12:00-3:00 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; when you grow several types they can provide color throughout the spring and early summer. Learn the difference between bearded irises, Siberian, crested, and others. Special discounted garden admission includes the iris sale: $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society.

Artist Open Call for 2019 Conservatory Art Displays

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will hold an open call for artist submissions for the 2019 exhibit year, July 18-29, 2018. Artists may hang their work for display in the Conservatory’s public space for a two-month period, Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, Sept-Oct, or Nov-Dec. There is no exhibitor’s fee, but a commission on sales applies. The Conservatory hosts a public reception for the artist on a Sunday afternoon near the start of the show. To be considered, submit a CD with digital samples of your work. The Conservatory prefers art that ties in with its mission and themes; displayed work must be of high quality, family-friendly in subject, and ready to hang. Artists may drop off or mail CDs to the attention of Program Department, Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46802. Artists will be announced on the Conservatory’s web site in August. Please call (260) 427-6446 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org for additional information.


Saturday, July 21, 7:00-10:00pm

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Bring your lawn chair and join us outside in the gardens for the annual Three Rivers Festival fireworks finale. Enjoy the musical stylings of two local jazz groups: Eric Clancy Trio and the West Central Quartet. You’ll find the perfect spot on the Terrace or in our Exploration Garden to enjoy this great music along with food and drink available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing. No outside food or beverages allowed. Our outdoor gardens are some of the best viewing areas for the fireworks in town! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. No reservations needed. Admission: $6/age 13 and older; age 12 and under are free; discount with TRF button. Member entrance and early admission. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by Mad Anthony Brewing Co, 89.1 WBOI, and WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Botanical Roots

Friday nights, July 27 – August 31, 8:30pm - 11pm

It’s our thirteenth 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 bluesman Governor Davis, award-winning Chicago reggae band Indika, and hiphop-bluegrass fusion artists Gangstagrass. Concerts are held rain or shine in our outdoor Terrace Garden. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a 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 Fort Wayne Metals, WhatzUp, Hall’s Guesthouse, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, PBS 39, Fort Wayne CW, and Rock 104 WXKE.

$1 Nights

First Thursday of the month:

July 5, August 2, 5:00-8:00pm

The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

$1 Night Insight: Edible Insects: A Yummy Treat!

Thursday, July 5, 6:00-7:00pm

Yes, we have all been dared to eat that grasshopper or the pretty pink earthworm that came out after a nice hard rain, but I bet you had no idea how healthy some of these bugs could be. You are in for a real treat this evening as we present you with a buffet of bugs. That’s right, bugs! Try that cricket you always hear chirping on the long summer nights or maybe you’ve always wondered the taste of a mealworm. Stay and learn about health benefits of these creepy-crawlies and make a fun little bug craft to take home.

$1 Night Insight: All about the Arts

Thursday, August 2, 6:00-7:00pm

Art is in the eye of the beholder. It is not merely a painting on a wall or some kind of fancy sculpture; art can be expressed in many forms and all sorts of media. Join us to learn about some of these different art forms and create an art piece of your own to show off to your family and friends. Then enjoy our ‘Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory’ exhibit and experience art in a whole new way.

Plant & Go: Marigold

July 14, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Calling all gardeners and gardeners-to-be! Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the first day of each new Showcase Garden exhibit to participate in a hands-on learning experience with plants. This month we’re giving out marigolds, along with tips on how to grow them to full summer glory.  Plant & Go will feature four different plants every year, coinciding with the start of each seasonal garden exhibit: January, April, July, and November. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, seed, or bulb, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant baby home to nurture.  (While supplies last). Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

Garden Close-Ups

4th Saturday of the month, 11 am-1 pm

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration.  We highlight a different garden each month so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities.  Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

GC:  Gardening for Wildlife

Saturday, July 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Ever wonder how to attract wildlife to your garden? Like to watch birds? Join us this month to explore different ways you can attract your favorite types of wild animals to your backyard garden.  Learn about different plants that attract wildlife species as well as what you need to provide for your favorite critters.  You can even make a craft version of a critter to take home with you!

GC: Art in the Garden

Saturday, August 25, 11:00am – 1:00pm

When you visit the Conservatory this month for “Art of the Garden:  Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory,” you’ll experience a beautiful serene setting featuring amazing artwork by this local artist.  Daniel will incorporate paint, found objects, and mixed media with the Forest, Lake, and Mountain plantings of this summer/fall Showcase Exhibit.  Enjoy his artwork, then make a collage of your own inspiration!

Skill Building Tai Chi in the Garden

Join us here at the Conservatory for some simple summer Tai Chi sessions. These classes will focus on the basics for beginners and those who would like to refresh. This summer will be a great time to introduce yourself to Tai Chi or to advance your existing skills. Keep your energy level renewed while experiencing the ancient art form of movement and grace. Tai Chi has many benefits including better posture, improved breathing, enhanced balance, and relaxation. For over 30 years instructor Sandy Gebhard has been teaching and practicing Tai Chi and was certified as an instructor by Master Dr. Paul Lam. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: July 10 and August 14. Min. 10. Max. 16. Please note: Drop-ins are welcome for a $10 fee per evening; call ahead to make sure the class will be in session.

Code               Date                Day                  Time

327002-T1       7/17                 Sa                        5:30-6:30pm

327002-T2       8/21                 Sa                  5:30-6:30pm

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Garden Preschool

Garden Preschool meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Conservatory. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities in the garden that are sure to get everyone thinking.  At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Registration deadlines: July 10 and August 14. Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10. $6/child ($4 if member family) per session. Held at Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne. To register, call (260) 427-6000 or visit www.fortwayneparks.org

Code                     Date                      Day                        Time                                     


3271000-T2         7/17                      T                              10-11 am

Garden Veggies

3271000-T3         8/21                      T                              10-11 am

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

City Safari Day Camp

The City Safari Day Camp at the Botanical Conservatory has filled to capacity.  If you would like your child, entering grades 1 – 6 in the Fall of 2018 and 6 years of age by June 1st, to be placed on a waiting list for any of the remaining fun-filled weeks this summer, please call 427-6000.

The Botanical Conservatory is located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana at 1100 S. Calhoun St. The Conservatory admission desk validates tickets for free parking in the Civic Center Parking Garage across from the Conservatory’s entrance at Jefferson and Calhoun St. Metered parking is available on nearby streets; parking is free on evenings and weekends. Bus and handicap accessible parking is available in the Conservatory’s Calhoun Street driveway. Friend us on Facebook: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Follow us on Twitter: FFBotCons.

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