Botanical garden hosts November events

Published 10:13 pm Thursday, November 3, 2011

Holiday Market
and preview party

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve  kicks off its fourth annual Holiday Market Friday with a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres along with a silent auction and advance vendor purchases. $40 per person; $75 per couple.
On Saturday, visit the Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendors will be in the gallery, and the gift shop will be stocked with holiday items. Select from Made in Michigan items, jewelry, pottery, textiles and garden items.
Orders may be placed for holiday greens. Fernwood Cafe will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tea from 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission to the market is free.

Plan a trip to Ireland
Fernwood’s garden tour organizers are planning a trip to Ireland June 20 through July 1. Learn more about this at a trip planning meeting on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Call Merlene Ogden at (269) 471-3781 or

Book group
Join the Fernwood Book Group on Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Jim Ballowe’s book, “Christmas in Illinois.” Note the earlier date due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
You need not read the book to attend the discussions.

Cyndy Callog: Holiday Celebration of Nature
This brief showing features a special selection of Cyndy Callog’s original watercolors and limited edition prints, an assortment of Christmas cards and gift items featuring her artwork.
Meet Callog at an Open House on Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. This exhibit will be up for one week only, Nov. 19-26.

Sculpture Fernwood
Don’t forget to check out Sculpture Fernwood. This exhibit represents the work of 10 artists and is curated by Father Austin I. Collins, CSC, professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame. A map is available and an exhibit catalog is available for purchase.

Thanksgiving closing
Fernwood will be closed on Nov. 24.
We will reopen on Nov. 25.

• Yoga: Thursdays and Saturdays through Nov. 17, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Instructor Deirdre Guthrie’s style allows a free-form, meditative approach to the postures to bring body and mind into stillness and support relaxation. Fee $10. Members $8. After a short winter break, a six-week yoga class will be offered beginning Feb. 2. See the winter newsletter for more details.

• Mosaic Holiday Ornaments: Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon
Mosaic artist Martha Branson-Banks returns to help us make glittering glass mosaic ornaments to keep or give as gifts. Each person will go home with three ornaments from this fun class. Fee $18. Members $15. Registration required by Wednesday.
• Knee-high Naturalists, Antlers: Nov. 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Children ages 4 and 5 explore the woods and gardens of Fernwood to learn about nature. This class will discuss the many kinds of antlers in the animal world. Dress for walking the trails. Advance registration required. Fee $10. Members $8.

• Curious Coyotes, Mammals: Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon
There are many amazing mammals that live in Michiana. Children ages 6 to 10 touch skins and bones, play games, read books and explore the world of our furry critters. Dress for walking the trails. Advance registration required. Fee $10. Members $8.

• Nature Saplings, Owls: Nov. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.
Children ages 2½ to 3½ accompanied by an adult can enjoy an introduction to nature.
This class teaches about the many kinds of owls and their special adaptations. Dress for walking the trails. Advance registration required. Fee $5 per child/adult pair. Members $4 per child/adult pair.

Winter hours begin
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.