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Upcoming Events for Indiana

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Through January 7, Fort Wayne

Snow Days Holiday Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory Garden

Do you remember when school was canceled because of unexpected winter weather? In the conservatory’s holiday exhibit, snow-day-kids go out for snowball fights, while snow-day-moms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. Call 260-427-6440, or visit

Through January 7, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory decorated all through the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy poinsettias along with the “Snow Days” theme in the showcase, as well as seasonal decorations in the Tropical and Desert Gardens. Don’t miss the outdoor terrace display of lights and synchronized holiday music. It is especially nice during evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. Call 260-427-6440, or visit



January 1-February 25, Fort Wayne
Art Display: Carolyn Stachera – Oil and Pastel
Botanical Conservatory

Carolyn Stachera’s plein aire paintings will be on display until Feb. 25. Meet the artist during an informal reception Sunday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Exhibit is included in regular admission. Costs $5 adults, $3 children ages 3 to 17, free for children 2 and under. Call 260-427-6440.

January 4, Fort Wayne
$1 Night – Snowflake Trivia
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During Snowflake Trivia, you will learn about snowflakes, make a snowflake craft, and enjoy a treat. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m. Snowflake Trivia is from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

January 5 to February 24, Fort Wayne
Snow Days
Botanical Conservatory

See the conservatory’s winter exhibition about nostalgic snow days. Regular admission applies: $5 adults, children 3 to 17 $3, and children 2 and under free. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

Jan. 9-Feb. 27 (Tuesdays), Fort Wayne
Tai Chi in the Garden I and II
Botanical Conservatory

Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. Beginners meet from 5 to 6 p.m., continuing students meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Registration deadline is Jan. 2. Costs $69 person for eight sessions. To register, call 260-427-6000.

January 13-April 8, Fort Wayne
“Fairy Tales” Winter Garden Exhibit
Botanical Conservatory

This participatory garden exhibit combines play structures and visual prompts to encourage play and exploration. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children age 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.


January 17, Brownsburg
Great Plants for the Shady Areas
Brownsburg Library 450 S. Jefferson

In this presentation, Colletta Kosiba, a Gold 3000 Master Gardener, will explore the plants that do well in low light areas. This includes many annuals and perennials such as bleeding heart, corydalis, heuchera, lungwort, astilbe, hardy geranium, Solomon’s seal and various ferns. Free. Call 317-852-3167 or email

January 18 or February 8, Fort Wayne
Winter Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing
Botanical Conservatory

A forest bathing walk is not your regular walk in the park; Shinrin-yoku helps you immerse yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. Registration deadlines: Jan. 11 and Feb. 1 respectively. All ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $15 per person. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 260-427-6000, or visit

January 15-17, Indianapolis
Indiana Green Expo 2018
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Green Expo offers educational workshops, seminars, and the largest green industry trade show in the state. The Indiana Green Expo is produced by the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association ( and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation ( and various green industry partners. Preregister online for savings. Visit, or call 317-889-2382, or toll-free 1800-443-7336.

January 19-20, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Home Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Visitors can see nearly 600 exhibitors and experts – get gardening and landscaping advice, and enjoy educational programs. At the door admission: $14 adults, $3 children (6 to 12), ages 5 and under free. Purchase tickets online for discounts. Visit, or call 317-705-8719.

January 20, Indianapolis
Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association Meeting
Franklin Branch Public Library

The January meeting of the Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association features a pitch-in luncheon (all are welcome), followed by a short meeting and program. The speaker is Kris Medic, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development educator at Purdue Extension. She will discuss successful small farms and local food systems. At 11 a.m. Free admission. Visit, or contact Margaret Smith at 317-698-0526.

January 27, Fort Wayne
Winterval at the Conservatory
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the season of ice and snow. You can make a winter bird feeder, learn how cold-blooded animals survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape, and explore the “Fairy Tales” garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, Science Central, the Art Museum, and other locations. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

January 27, Valparaiso
15th Annual Gardening Show
Porter County Expo Center

Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners, this award-winning event will feature Melinda Myers, a gardening expert, TV and radio host, author, and columnist. Her topic will be “Garden Renovations for Any Size Landscape.” Several other experts will speak on gardening subjects. Also included is a seed and bulb exchange, a garden photography contest, a children’s activity corner, and 125 garden-related exhibitors. Food is available, as are special lodging and dinner packages. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST). Costs $10, children under 12 free. Free parking. Visit, call 219-644-6720, or email



February, Terre Haute
Community Garden
219 N. 11th Street

For the past 10 years, Indiana State University has provided land for expert and novice gardeners to plant garden plots free of charge. In return, gardeners promise to tend to their plots, plant only annuals, and refrain from using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Participants are encouraged to donate a portion of the produce raised to the food pantry of their choice. Registration begins in late February. Growing season is April to October. Available plot sizes: 10 by 10 feet, 10 by 15 feet, or 20 by 20 feet. Expert consultation will be available through volunteers. Visit, or call 812-232-8502.

February 1, Fort Wayne
$1 Night Insight: Bean Magic
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. In February, explore the possibilities of beans – assemble a custom soup blend or enjoy a bean-art craft. Recipes to go. No reservations required. Free parking. From 5 to 8 p.m., Bean Magic from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

February 6-25, Fort Wayne
Sweetheart Orchid Display
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy the indoor gardens and experience the variety of orchid types on display. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Costs $5 adults $3, children ages 3 to 17, free for ages 2 and under. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

February 6 and 13, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Winter Fun
Botanical Conservatory

At this two-session class, children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities with their parent or another adult. Ages 3 to 5. An adult must participate (no registration required) with their child. From 10 to 11 a.m. Child’s registration deadline: Jan. 30. Costs $12 per child. To register call 260-427-6000.

February 9-11, Indianapolis
Indiana Home and Garden Show
Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Home and Garden Show is instrumental in helping attendees interact with contractors. Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $5, children under 18 free. Visit, or call 952-881-5030.

February 13-15, Indianapolis
Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show
Marriott East

The Indiana Horticultural Congress, sponsored by Purdue Agriculture, is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All are invited to attend. Group-rate lodging is available at Indianapolis Marriott East and Delta Indianapolis East (call the hotels directly). Registration, program schedule, and exhibitors list is available at, or contact Lori Jolly-Brown at, or 765-494-1296.

February 17, Fort Wayne
“Once Upon a Tale” Family Event
Botanical Conservatory

Celebrate the magical world of fairy tales – activities, games, and crafts inspired by fairy tales. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission applies. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

February 21, Fort Wayne
New Volunteer Orientation
Botanical Conservatory

The Botanical Conservatory is inviting new volunteers to join the support team. Training is provided, and benefits include free garden admission, discounts, and annual recognition. From 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Liz at 260-427-6446, or

February 24, Fort Wayne
Garden Close-Up: Winter Blooming Plants
Botanical Conservatory

Discover colorful winter blooming plants: shooting stars, cineraria, and kalanchoe. Included in regular admission – drop in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.

February 24, Fort Wayne
Plant Propagation Basics
Botanical Conservatory

Advanced Master Gardener Pam Snyder will guide you in a variety of vegetative propagation methods. Learn about leaf and stem cuttings, division, and layering. From 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 15 and up. Registration deadline Feb. 17. Costs $15 per person. To register call 260-427-6000.

Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4, Rockville
Maple Syrup Festival
Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds

Find out how maple syrup is made at Parke County’s Maple Syrup Festival located at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, shop for pure maple syrup, maple syrup products, handmade crafts, and more. Take tours of the maple syrup camps and watch the process, from the tap to the boiler to the bottling. Also see the Covered Bridge Art Association art display – local artists will demonstrate their talents and sell their works. Visit, or call 765-569-3176.


February 28, Brownsburg
Using Native Plants in the Home Garden
Brownsburg Library 450 S. Jefferson

Add hardy Indiana native plants to your landscape for a low-maintenance, beautiful garden that will attract birds and butterflies. Indiana Advanced Master Naturalist and Gold 3000 Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba will discuss the wide variety of easy-care native plants. Free. Call 317-852-3167 or email

February 28, Washington
Garden Expo 2018
East Side Park Community Building

Garden Expo 2018 will feature the theme “Through the Garden Gate.” More than 30 vendors will showcase gardening items. There will be several educational booths. Breakfast and lunch available at the Garden Gate Cafe. Door prizes will be given, and a silent auction will take place. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Contact Cheryl Thomas, Arts and Flower Garden Club, at 478-396-0122, or m


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