Walking through the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, you might wonder if there are any poinsettias left in the rest of Allen County. Hundreds of the plants fill the conservatory from the poinsettia Christmas tree and beds in the lobby and through the three indoor gardens, which also feature lights and ornaments.
The conservatory's “Christmas Connections” exhibit opened last weekend and continues through Jan. 5. In addition to the holiday displays and Santa's post office inside, there are light displays in the outdoor areas.
As you pass through the gallery space past the front desk, you can stop and see pictures from annual holiday exhibits dating back to the 1980s.
The Showcase Garden is set up as the perfect place to take your Christmas card picture with various vignette spaces such as a bench along a fence, a nook nestled in the boughs of a festive tree and a trellis-like gazebo surrounded by – what else? – poinsettias. While you're there, sniff the wreaths on a row of eight miniature houses to see if you can guess the holiday scents such as cranberry and eggnog.
There are several trees in the garden, including Colorado Blue and Norway spruces. A fully decorated Concolor Fir reaches to the ceiling as the centerpiece of the display.
The conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Christmas Day.
Admission is $5 adults, $3 for ages 3 to 17 and free for ages 2 and younger.
For details on special events, go to BotanicalConservatory.org.
– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette