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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
A cubical planter rises from the flower bed at the “Rhythm and Flow” exhibit at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

An ‘exciting eye-scape’ created at conservatory

You walk in and are immediately surrounded by two “green walls” with the concrete covered in various flowers and plants.

This opens up to a ground drenched in colors – from reds and yellows to purples and whites.

Flowers of various species intermixed with blue-gray grasses, along with a few sculptural spheres and cubes.

This is the new “Rhythm and Flow” garden exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, which will run through November 16.

The sculptures, the colors, the geometry, is all designed to provide an “exciting eye-scape” for those who look at the exhibit.

“People seem to like it so far,” said Linda Miller of the conservatory.

According to conservatory officials, the exhibit is the brainchild of two Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation workers: Alec Johnson, the superintendent of park planning, landscape and horticulture; and Chad Shaw, landscape supervisor.

The two received some help from maintenance workers and gardeners at the conservatory, having to take out a live butterfly exhibit more than a week ago.

But soon after stripping the ground at the conservatory to bare earth, there were flowers forming a color pattern and even a canopy erected toward the back of the exhibit.

A perfect backdrop for wedding photography, officials said.

The flowers will change in the fall to more traditional fall flowers, officials said, and it will be the conservatory’s longest-running exhibit.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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