What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in November

Slightly Used Pumpkin and Gourd Sale
November 1 – 10
Everything must go! Still need some décor for fall? Come down and choose from our selection of pumpkins and gourds available in the Sales Garden. While they last, you can also choose from our extra-large pumpkins and corn shocks. It’s all priced to move and just waiting to go home with you!

Orchid Show
November 2, 12 – 5 pm
November 3, 12 – 4 pm
Jewel-like blossoms never fail to enchant the viewer with their exotic charms at the annual judged orchid show. Orchid growers from all over the region will compete in specimen, collection, and creative display categories. Vendors will offer plants and orchid-related merchandise. Enjoy this spectacular display of orchids with a special Conservatory admission price: $3/adult, $2/child, age 2 and under free. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Orchid Society.

Breakfast with Santa!
Registration runs November 6 – December 6
Saturday, December 14, 9 -10 am
Yes, Santa eats breakfast and you can join him! Sign up for a special VIP breakfast before he makes his final list of who has been naughty and nice. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausages and eggs, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for the adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in our exhibit “A Fireside Christmas” before we open to the public. Your admission to this event will also allow you to return and visit with Santa’s reindeer from 12- 4 pm. Registration runs November 6 to December 6. Min. 24; max. 64. $12/person. Children under two do not have to pay but they must register and will count towards the minimum/maximum; their adult must pay registration fee. Limited booster/high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. To register, please call (260) 427-6000 and refer to code 427101-S1. Held at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

$1 Night
Thursday, November 7, 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 the evening hours in The Gardens of New Orleans at a special discount. For more info, call (260) 427-6440.

Art Displays
Get to know local and regional artists using a variety of media through the Botanical Conservatory’s bi-monthly art exhibits during public hours. Visit our website www.botanicalconservatory.org <http://www.botanicalconservatory.org> for links to artists. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

November-December – Greg Becker, acrylic
Artist Reception: Sunday, November 10, 1 -3 pm
Greg’s passion for art has been with him since his beginnings in a one-stoplight rural Indiana town. After high school Greg completed a Commercial Art degree with a Fine Arts minor at the University of Saint Francis. He is married to his lovely wife Jennifer and is currently an art director here in Fort Wayne.

Sex Life of Plants
Thursday, November 14, 6 – 7:30 pm
Plants exhibit a reproductive cycle that biologists term "alternation of generations". Parts of a plant or separate parts of its life cycle have different chromosome numbers in the plant’s cells depending on the part being observed. Using slides and living and preserved plant material, Dr. Larry Yoder from Goshen College will follow the alternating pattern as it appears in plant groups including the fungi, mosses, ferns, horsetails, conifers and flowering plants. Ages 13-adult. Registration deadline: November 7. Min.12. Max. 35. Fee: $12/public; $10/Conservatory member or volunteer. For more information, call the Conservatory at (260) 427-6440. To register, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (260) 427-6000.

Science Fun: Natural Disaster
November 16, 11am & 1pm
Join us the third Saturday of each month as we investigate a different topic with fun and family-friendly experiments, demonstrations, and activities – most of which can be repeated at home. Each program lasts 45-60 minutes and is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Participants in NISTEM (www.nistem.org) can also earn points for attending. Preregistration is not required and the program is free with regular Conservatory admission. In November, volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes are all natural disasters that Indiana doesn’t experience on a regular basis. Other parts of the world however, must be on high alert for these types of disasters constantly. We’ll be looking at these fascinating works of Mother Nature and even creating our own.

Gardens of New Orleans
Through November 17
The Conservatory captures 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 ordered chaos of the “Old South” style. The fleur-de-lis motif symbolizes the heavily French influence of the Cajun settlers. A French Quarter-style balcony overlooks the garden, offering a little birds-eye view. The grander feel of the Garden District is expressed in the fountain, statues, and overarched walkways of the central gardens. A touch of seashell acknowledges the New Orleans’ watery ties to the Gulf of Mexico, while a whimsical garden party setting will stimulate the imagination of our younger visitors. Brides and photographers are sure to appreciate the vistas this garden offers. The exhibit is sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 FM. For more information, phone (260) 427-6440 or visit our website at www.botanicalconservatory.org <http://www.botanicalconservatory.org> .

Fireside Christmas
November 23 – January 5
To recreate the warm and cozy feeling of a traditional Christmas celebration, the Conservatory Showcase will be filled with red poinsettias and elements that spark feelings of nostalgia for the happy family holiday of yesteryear. Did you ever lie in bed straining to hear Santa’s reindeer on the roof? Leave cookies and milk for a late-night visitor? Celebrations that brought together gatherings of family and friends, were decorated with homemade ornaments, and anchored us with food, music, and hope. A comfortable family room vignette with fireplace and Christmas tree will provide a delightful backdrop for photographs. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child; ages 2 and under free. For more information, phone (260) 427-6440 or visit our website at www.botanicalconservatory.org <http://www.botanicalconservatory.org> . Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1 FM.

Piñatas Invited for Paradise
November 23-December 8
Piñatas, a traditional feature in Mexican birthdays and Christmas parties, are a creative outlet for everyday artists. Families, youth groups, language classes, and service groups are invited to design, construct, fill, and donate imaginative piñatas. The Conservatory will showcase these works of art for two weeks in our Sonoran Desert Garden as the Piñata Paradise. In mid-December, the Conservatory donates the candy-filled creations to local children’s agencies to be enjoyed in their holiday celebrations. To donate a homemade piñata or for more info, call (260) 427-6440 or visit our website at www.botanicalconservatory.org <http://www.botanicalconservatory.org/> . Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1 FM.

Family Garden Close-Up: Crazy Cacao
November 23, 11am-1pm
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, valuable information, especially entertaining for families with young children. No pre-registration required; regular Conservatory admission applies.
Did you know that cacao, cocoa or, as it is commonly known, chocolate comes from a seed that grows inside a fruit? You’ll find the source of this tasty tree product in our Tropical Garden. This month, we’ll make a chocolaty snack and learn all about this fascinating plant that tickles our sweet tooth.

Holiday Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, November 27, 5 -9 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get 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, and you won’t want to miss the animated light show outdoors. 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: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under are admitted free. No reservations required. For more information, call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1.

Sales Garden Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 30, 10 am – 5 pm
The anticipation of Christmas is in the air, as temperatures drop and the year winds to a close. Get a jump on the holidays by visiting the Conservatory Gift Shop and Sales Garden during our holiday open house. We’ll be offering fresh, local wreaths (already decorated), holiday ornaments, quality children’s books, Leanin’ Tree cards, and other great ideas for gift-giving. Free hot chocolate while you shop! You can also make a free “bagel wreath birdfeeder” while you visit. No admission is required to shop at the Conservatory, but to visit the gardens, regular admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Dancing Holiday Lights
November 27-December 26
Best viewed Thursday and Friday evenings, 5 -8 pm
Dress for the weather so you can enjoy the synchronized holiday lights set to music outdoors in the Terrace Garden. Walk under twinkling arches to enter a space of sound and holiday rhythm, where instrumental and vocal treasures come to visual life as lighted spheres, trees, arches, and scrolls take up the beat. You might find yourself dancing in the snowy night. Light show walk included in regular Botanical Conservatory admission: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17; children 2 and under free.