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Press release from the Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory:

What’s Happening at the Botanical Conservatory in November

Breakfast with Santa Registration: November 1 – December 3
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 11, 9 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 available for the adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in our “Candyland” exhibit before we are open to the public. Your admis sion to this event will also allow you to visit with Santa’s reindeer from 12 – 4 pm. Fee: $11. Call (260) 427-6440 to reserve your spot.

$1 Night: Thursday, November 4, 5 – 8 pm
Admission to the Conservatory is just $1 from 5 – 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Visit during those hours and pay only $1 per person, adult or child. (Ages 2 and under are still admitted free.) Enjoy the Greek Garden exhibit as well as the Tropical and Desert Gardens.

Slightly Used Plant Sale: Tuesday & Wednesday, November 16-17, 10 am-5 pm
Take advantage of great prices on plants and furnishings from the Greek Garden to pick up something unusual. Fruiting figs, shrub olives, calla lilies, eucalyptus, rosemary, and jade plants are among the specimens from which to choose. We will also offer some of the Greek art – Herakles, Perseus, and Athena wall plaques. All are priced to sell! Sale hours 10 am-5 pm Tuesday and Wednesday in the Meeting Room at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street in downtown Fort Wayne. No admission fee to shop! For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

November/December Art Exhibits
Artist Reception: November 7, 1- 3 pm
Northeast Indiana Fiber Artists – Northeast Indiana Fiber Artists was organized in 1996 and its members live in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart and Noble counties in Indiana. They are a professional organization with members’ work being displayed in several different cities. Some members have also had their work published in national magazines.

William Aeschliman M. D. – William is a current member of the Fort Wayne Photography Club. He has previously exhibited his artwork at the Allen County Public Library. He received second place and a Library Choice award during the library’s Z.E.E.D photo con test in 2008.

Greek Garden Exhibit: Through November 14
Visit the Conservatory during our garden exhibit celebrating ancient Greek culture. The rocky terrain supports familiar herbs as well as shrubs and trees like figs, olive, and palms. But this Mediterranean themed garden is just a backdrop for the story of a people who worked and played, fought and feasted where the sea meets the land. Come find out why the wisdom of this ancient culture has had such a tremendous impact on modern life. Sponsored by Media 401, Fun 101.7 WLDE and WANE-TV. For more info, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org or call (260) 427-6440. Regular admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

Science Fun for Everyone: The Sweet Science of Sugar
Saturday, November 20, 11 am and 2 pm & Thursday, November 18, 6 pm
Anyone can be a scientist and it certainly doesn’t require a fancy degree to explore the wonders of our world. Have you ever wondered just how much sugar is in your favorite food or drink? Or what puts the high in high fructose corn syrup? Come investigate the origins, uses and abuses of this sweetest topic and find out some practices and alternatives that might help you stay healthy. No reservations needed. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Participants in NISTEM (www.nistem.org) can also earn points for attending. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Pi̱ata Paradise: November 20 РDecember 5
Piñatas are a traditional party favorite in Mexi can culture, used at birthdays, Christmas par ties, and other celebrations. Come enjoy the creative display of piñatas in the Conservatory’s Desert Garden, designed and decorated by area children, community groups, and folks who just want to share the holiday spirit. At the end of the display, the candy-filled creations are donated to local children’s agencies for their holiday cel ebrations. Piñata Paradise is included in regular Con servatory admission: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under are free. For more info, call (260) 427-6440.

Candyland Holiday Exhibit: November 20 – January 2
Looking for a sweet holiday treat? The Con servatory offers the “eye candy” of gorgeous poinsettias spilling over a luscious scene of gingerbread men and giant peppermint candy canes. Meet at the gingerbread house, or take your family photographs at the foot of an over sized lollipop. Our popular twelve-foot-tall poinsettia tree will return with a candy twist. Reminiscent of the classic children’s board game, Candyland will please visitors of all ages! We’ll have our own version of a Candyland game for you to play. And don’t miss the rest of the Con servatory gardens dressed up in lights. We’re open Thursday and Friday nights until 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving to Christmas. We’re proud to be a part of Fort Wayne’s holiday tradition. Sponsored by PBS 39, WAJI Majic 95.1 and Media 401. For more info, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org or call (260) 427-6440. Regular admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

Holiday Kick-Off Party: Wednesday, November 24, 5 – 9 pm
Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, make a wish, meet Mrs. Claus, get a photo with Santa. You can also meet Becka and Teeka, two live rein deer that know all about the North Pole. Come along for the ride! Don’t forget to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit to our beautiful holiday garden and displays. No reservations required. Sponsored by PBS 39, WAJI Majic 95.1 FM and Media 401.For more info, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org or call (260) 427-6440. Regular admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

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