What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory May 22 – 30

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Press release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:

What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory May 22 – 30

Spring Bonsai Display: Saturday, May 22, 10 am – 4 pm Explore a forest of miniature trees carefully trained and pruned by members of our local bonsai club. Elms, maples, junipers and other familiar plants look just like their outdoor cousins – but a fraction of their size! Tropical indoor bonsai are also displayed. Young bonsai, pots, and soil will be available to purchase in the gift shop for those who wish to get started. Presented by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Spring Wine Tasting: Thursday, May 27, 6 – 8:30 pm We’re bursting with blooms and flavor! Join us at the Conservatory as the Oyster Bar tempts your taste buds with their culinary creations. Long known as a downtown destination and landmark, the Oyster Bar does not disappoint whether you’re having oysters or steak. Wine experts will select the perfect pairings to set your palate abloom with excitement. Following the tasting you will be able to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the fanciful world of Butterflies and Fairies. Ages: 21+. Registration deadline: May 20. $34 fee includes admission to the gardens. Register by phone at (260) 427-6011 or online at www.fortwayneparks.org.

Botanical Brown Bag: Bring a sandwich and stop in at the Conservatory for an entertaining “garden moment” on the last Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are free.

The Wonder of Wetlands: May 27, 12-1 pm. Since the age of the glaciers, wetlands have played an important role in Indiana’s ecosystem, and since 1990 the Little River Wetlands Project has played an important role in the preservation and restoration of these fascinating habitats. In this program, Community Outreach Coordinator Rachel Rossiter-Smith guides a virtual photographic tour of the wetlands, describes conservation efforts and shows you ways you can help – starting in your own backyard.

Iris Show: Saturday, May 30, 12 – 4 pm One of America’s favorite garden flowers takes center stage during the annual Iris Show. A glorious range of colors, some fragrance, and a variety of forms will be found in irises displayed as individual cut flowers and in floral arrangements. Entries are judged for their perfection. Don’t forget to mark the NEIIS Iris Sale on your calendar for Sunday, July 18! Presented by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Please watch for more information on our website: www.botanicalconservatory.org or call us at 427-6446. Regular admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

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