What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in August
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 lots of fun and unusual items in the Botanical Conservatory’s “attic” sale, including props from past garden exhibits, children’s toys, costumes, education program leftovers, floral supplies, shop displays or excess merchandise. Truly a unique event! This two-day sale is held indoors. Admission is FREE. Come early for the best selection. Proceeds support the Botanical Conservatory. We validate for parking in the Civic Center Parking Garage and parking meters are free on weekends. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
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!
Family Garden Close-Up is included in your admission price, so stop by the Tea table and explore.
Botanical Roots Concert Series
Friday nights through September 2, 8:30 – 11 pm
It’s the Botanical Conservatory’s 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 Roots Rock Society bringing their reggae sound on August 12, with local opener Black Cat Mambo. On August 19, Gangstagrass will pour out a fresh and funky mix of bluegrass and rap, with The Snyders opening. 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. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. General admission, general seating. For more details, call (260) 427-6440 or visit us on Facebook- Botanical Roots or www.botanicalconservatory.org. Sponsored by Design Collaborative, Fort Wayne Metals, Whatzup, PBS39, Mad Anthony Brewing Co, 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 WAJI Majic 95.1. Open Tu-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-4 pm, and Thurs nites until 8 pm. Admission $5/adult, $3/children age 3-17. For more information call (260) 427-6440.
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 June, 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.