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Families delight in Botanical Conservatory’s festive colors

December 22, 2018

Outside the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory on Saturday, the temperatures were near freezing and the skies were a drab gray.

Inside, the mood was merry and colors of Christmas were strewn among the green leaves, trees and cacti. Holiday lights were strung throughout the building, and colorful ornaments were placed among flora in the conservatory’s three indoor gardens.

“It’s lovely,” said Julann Jatczak of Madison, Wisconsin, who was visiting the Victorian Holiday Christmas exhibit with her husband, Mike Davis. “It’s festive.”

Davis, who grew up in New Haven, wore a pointed green-and-red hat complete with elf ears as he and his wife strolled through holiday displays.

They and dozens of other visitors stopped to look at different varieties of poinsettias and take pictures inside a replica of a Victorian-era parlor. A tall, conical tower of red and white poinsettias nearby welcomed people to the Showcase Garden : the site of seasonal exhibits that change throughout the year.

At the 12-foot-tall “poinsettia tree,” Katie Moore and her husband Tyler took holiday photos of their children: Ellery, 1, Maysa, 8, and Graycee, 9.

″(We’re) trying to,” Katie said, smiling, as she picked up Ellery, and her other two daughters rushed to talk to a reporter.

“I love taking pictures,” Graycee said. “It’s really pretty. It’s cool.”

“There’s good-smelling flowers,” Maysa said.

For Jason August : who was wearing a Santa hat : and his girlfriend, Katherine Dwire, a trip to the conservatory was among many in a series of holiday stops. They also planned to visit Jefferson Pointe to see the Christmas tree there and attend a holiday-themed event at a local brewpub.

“We’re trying to do everything Christmassy in Fort Wayne that we can do,” said Dwire, who lives in Bloomington.

“It’s kind of like our festive weekend before Christmas,” August said.

Later Saturday, the conservatory hosted Garden in Lights. The event featured lighted outdoor displays and holiday music. That and Victorian Holiday run through Jan. 6.

mleblanc@jg.net

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