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Botanical Conservatory celebrates Autumn

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- Every year, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory sets up the ‘Punkin Path’ display to kick off the fall season.

Along the path, there are pumpkins, chrysanthemums, and garden gnomes hidden along the way. The Conservatory Manager, Rebecca Canales said guests can participate in a scavenger hunt to search for the gnomes or play a guessing game to find out how much the biggest pumpkin in the garden weighs.

If guests guess the right weight, they could win a free membership to the conservatory.

Canales said the path is a great way to spend time with the family, and with the conservatory being in the heart of downtown, she said folks will not have to travel too far to enjoy.

“It’s a way of relaxing, slowing down, spending time together as a family, we see a lot of families just out on a stroll on a beautiful day like this enjoying just the atmosphere and the sense of Autumn,” Canales said.

Canales said the new parking addition in the Civic Center Parking Garage allows guests easy access to the conservatory. Folks can walk through buildings and end up in the lobby of the conservatory.

The Punkin Path, will be on display until the last Sunday of October. Canales said after the display is taken down, the conservatory will put all the leftover pumpkins up for sale.

She said after that, on the night before Thanksgiving, the conservatory will kick off their holiday season.

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