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Upcoming Events for Indiana

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Through Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Botanical Conservatory

Immerse yourself in a landscape painted with colorful flowers. From summer through fall the Botanical Conservatory celebrates their German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden of European flavor. Discover more about Gera, this German sister city since 1992. For hours and admission rates visit or call 260-427-6640.


Oct. 14, 28, Indianapolis

Master Gardener Guided Tours
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join Master Gardeners as they guide you through the conservatory with a tour focusing on interesting plants and history. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid admission. Visit, or call 317-327-7184.




October 7, Indianapolis
Herbal Crafts for Kids
Garfield Park Conservatory

Bring the kids and join the Herb Society of Central Indiana to learn about herbs and how to grow them. You will receive handouts and recipes. Refreshments provided. Make reservations in advance, seating is limited. Costs $5 each. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Payment is taken on the day of the program. Call 317-327-7184, or visit


October 10, Zionsville
Halloween Party and Chili Cookoff
Sullivan Munce

The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting a dress as a rose contest; you may catch a glimpse of ‘Dolly Parton’ or the ‘The Fairy’, you never know. Prizes for winners. Chili and the fixins’ will be available. The program will be “2018 New Rose Releases” by Teresa Byington. Teresa is a Master Gardener, consulting rosarian, and vice-president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visit Teresa’s popular blog at,, or call 317-902-6016.


October 10-29, Fort Wayne
Punkin’ Path Display
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory’s outdoor Punkin’ Path where you can enjoy the fall surroundings and take pictures with your little ones. The path will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, and gnomes to provide fun photo memories. Gnomes are caretakers of land and animals; they are industrious, enjoy all kinds of games, and, surprisingly, they love to travel. Watch for them along the Punkin’ Path. This exhibit is included in conservatory admission, and is open during public hours. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.


October 21, Fort Wayne
The Pumpkin’ Zone
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy an autumn celebration – children and adults can explore the garden for fall crafts, activities, and games. You can test your observation skills with the “Gnome Search,” discover whether pumpkins float or sink, nibble on pumpkin seeds, and decorate your own mini pumpkin. Friends from the Allen County Farm Bureau will teach visitors about pumpkins and how they grow. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and under. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.


October 21, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the annual fall “Brats and Bulbs” sale. There will be more than 30 varieties of spring bulbs ready for planting. The event will include live music and the traditional fall grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips, and a beverage. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Costs $5. Contact Joanne at, call 219-939-2790, or visit


October 28, Bloomington
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society Conference
Monroe Convention Center

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) will host its 24rd annual conference, “Aldo and Friends: Phenology, Biology, and Saving the World.” The conference is open to the public — anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping, and wildlife habitat is welcome. Keynote speakers are Dr. Stanley Temple, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and a senior fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Douglas Ladd, conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Missouri. Takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington. Costs INPAWS members $75; non-members $90; students $40. Discounts apply if registering by Oct. 6. Visit or call 317-413-5918.



November 2, Fort Wayne
$1 Night –Mum Meeting
Botanical Conservatory

The conservatory is open for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. From 5 to 8 p.m. Educational activities at 6 to 7 p.m. Lynda Heavrin, manager of landscape and horticulture for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, will discuss overwintering mums, share growing tips, and touch on techniques for flower displays. Free parking (validated parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage). No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit

November 4, Indianapolis
Natural Wreaths
Garfield Park Conservatory

Make a fall or holiday wreath using natural materials, ribbons, and other assorted items. You can also bring your own natural materials or charms to put on your wreath. Register for each wreath being made – you can make one as a family or do several individually. All ages. From 11 a.m. to noon. Costs $12 per person. All ages. Visit, or call 317-327-7183.

November 4-5, Indianapolis
Power Recycling Weekend
Indianapolis Zoo Parking Lot

Come to the Indianapolis Zoo Power Recycling Weekend, a mass recycling effort. Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, paper products, household items, and more in the zoo parking lot and their recycling partners will take it from there. In addition to doing good for the planet, you’ll receive a discount coupon for $2 off zoo admission. Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will be on site collecting new and gently used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys, and more. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paper recycling will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. compliments of Ray’s Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car. Visit, or call 317-360-2001.

November 6, Indianapolis
Herbs, Not Just For Food Anymore
Clay Township Center

The Herb Society of Central Indiana hosts Michelle Plummer with the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Plummer is a chef and registered dietitian who will provide recipes for interesting herb additions to ordinary foods. She will show you some herb gift ideas and table decorating tips. Refreshments provided. From 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Visit, or call 317-251-6986.

November 11, Indianapolis
Holiday Herbal Crafts
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for their popular holiday workshop. Learn about herbal gift ideas including sachets, swags, and arrangements. Enjoy herbal goodies and teas while you work. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Seating is limited. Registration required. Costs $5, paid to the instructors. Visit, or, or call 317-327-7184.

November 11, Muncie
Glass Workshop: Stained Glass Night Light

Cut, solder, and create a stained glass night light with your family and friends at Minnetrista. With this guided step-by-step, you will gain access to a wide variety of translucent colors, tools, textures, and safety gear. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costs $45; member discounts apply. Register by Nov. 6. Visit or call 765-282-4848.

November 18, Fort Wayne
Make and Take: Essential Oils
Botanical Conservatory

Want to become more familiar with essential oils? Come to this workshop where you will learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how to use them, and why they are amazing. Instructor Samantha Reitman, an independent distributor of Young Living, will teach you to make a holiday-scented room spray and an immune-support roller bottle. From 1 to 3 p.m. Costs $18 per person. All supplies are included in the registration fee. Ages 15 and up. Register by Nov. 8. Call 260-427-6000, or visit

November 18-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

November 22, Fort Wayne
Holiday Kick-Off Party
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy a free cookie and hot chocolate, meet Mrs. Claus and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, indoors and out. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit the holiday garden and displays. From 5 to 9 p.m. Regular conservatory admission fees apply: Costs $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are admitted free. No reservations required. Call 260-427-6440, or visit

November 22-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

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, Indianapolis
Conservatory Crossing
Garfield Park Conservatory

Come see the conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Special evening hours until 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Display created and supported by the Indiana Rail Road Company. Costs $4 per person, or $10 per family (two adults max). Visit, or call 317-327-7183.

Nov. 24-26, 29-30; Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-23, 26-30, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season during Christmas at the Zoo. The Zoo opens at noon with special activities from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (closed Christmas Eve and Day). See the animals and watch as the lights come on to transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission and free for members. Discounted tickets are available at participating Teachers Credit Union and Donatos locations. Save on admission by purchasing advance tickets online. Receive $1 off admission for up to four people when you bring a new hat, scarf, or gloves donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports the local St. Mary’s Child Center. Visit, or call 317-360-2001.

November 25, Fort Wayne
Botanical Conservatory

Stop by this special learning station to learn about nature’s beautiful winter decoration: the snowflake. Enjoy a holiday treat and make your own unique snowflake to display at home. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included in regular conservatory admission. Call 260-427-6440, or visit

November 30, Fort Wayne
Fall Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku)
Botanical Conservatory

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing yourself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens and parks. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Instructor Christy Thomson is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register by Nov. 22. Ages 18 and up. Costs $15 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit


December 1-2, Muncie
Enchanted Luminaria Walk

Kick off the holidays – enjoy sweet treats, winter games and crafts, carriage rides, and holiday music. Attendees can take photos under light structures. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing at night. From 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free community event. Visit, or call 765-282-4848.

December 1-3, Jasper
O Tannenbaum Days
Downtown Jasper

Let downtown Jasper’s colossal Christmas tree welcome you to the Jasper O Tannenbaum Days celebration. Visit each store to see artists and artisans demonstrate their skills of wood-carving, pottery, quilting, and butter-churning. Enjoy shopping, carollers, visits with Santa, carriage rides, special performances and tours of historic sites, including the St. Joseph Church, an 1880 Romanesque, Old World-style church listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Visit or call 812-482-6866.

December 2, Fort Wayne
Breakfast with Santa
Botanical Conservatory

Sign up for a special VIP breakfast with Santa; breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, and eggs, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in the exhibit “Snow Days” before the conservatory opens to the public. From 9 to 10 a.m. Your admission to this event will also allow you to return and visit Santa’s reindeer from noon to 4 p.m (see entry below). Registration deadline: Nov. 21. Limited booster or high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Costs $13 per person. Children under 2 are free, but they and their paying adult must be registered. Call 260-427-6000, or visit

December 2, 9, and 16, Fort Wayne
Santa and the Reindeer
Botanical Conservatory

Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures. Explore the conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “Snow Days.” From noon to 4 p.m. Regular admission fees apply: costs $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17. Conservatory members, volunteers, and children ages 2 and under are free. Call 260- 427-6440, or visit

December 7 or 9, Fort Wayne
Holiday Swag Workshop
Botanical Conservatory

Create a festive evergreen swag that can be enjoyed by all through the holidays. Amy Oliver, landscape designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into a swag with holiday flair. The swag will also incorporate your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow, and more. Fee includes the items listed above, as well as a stroll through the holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 16 and up. Register by Nov. 22. Costs $30 per person. Call 260-427-6000, or visit

December 10, Muncie
Gingerbread Family Workshop: Session 1 or 2

Create a gingerbread masterpiece with the whole family. Decorate a personal gingerbread home with colorful candies, enjoy cookies and holiday music, meet Gingy the gingerbread man, and explore a magical castle. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon, or Session 2 is from 2 to 4 p.m. Costs $25 per house; member discounts apply. Register by Dec. 6. Visit, or call 765-282-4848. m


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