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Have an exciting workshop idea you would like to share with the community? The Foellinger- Freimann Botanical Conservatory is currently accepting class proposals for the upcoming summer and fall season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

Check out our list of classes below and/or check out the  Spring Fun Times for even more FUN!




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Spring Programs


Slightly Used Bulb Sale

Tuesday-Saturday, April 14-18, Public hours

This annual sale features “slightly used” spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths from the Conservatory’s spring exhibit. Located in the Sales Garden, plants sell for $1-5 per pot of multiple bulbs that are ready to plant in preparation for next year’s bloom. Admission is free, as all purchases are made in the Gift Shop.

Spring Plant Swap

Saturday, June 6, 10-11 a.m.

The Conservatory’s spring plant swap will be held on the first Saturday in June. Bring at least one plant to share, and take home an armful of starts from other area gardeners; absolutely no weeds please! It is recommended to label the plant(s) you bring in addition to bringing a box or bag for taking home. Upon arrival, you will receive a number that is called in numerical order when it is your turn to pick from the assortment. The swap is free; however, seating is limited. Phone reservations are required by May 30. For more information, email Program Supervisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (260) 427-6443.

Grafting Fruit Trees: The Basics

Learn the art of tree grafting and make the world a better place with more fruit trees! As co-founder of the Three Rivers Fruit Growing Club, Scott Krieg will share professional knowledge when it comes to repairing injured trees and producing new fruit varieties. Following a hands-on demonstration, you will then have the option of putting the basic steps into practice or taking home a pre-grafted tree. Be fruitful and take advantage of this opportunity to build your confidence having studied handling techniques for safe and successful grafting. Rootstocks and necessary grafting supplies provided. Also, be sure to allow time and visit the gardens. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 28. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Date      Day                       Time

227206-S1            4/4         Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$11

Member or Volunteer Fee: $8

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Bonsai Workshop Series

Discover the fascinating world of miniature trees with Master Gardener and Fort Wayne Bonsai Club Member Kathy Lee. On the first day of this series, you will have your choice of pot and tree when learning about various designs, styles and pruning techniques. You will then be guided in the second class on how to wire your new Bonsai while also learning more about soil and care needs. Lastly, you will return with your Bonsai on May 16 for a final Q&A session. Expect to leave this workshop series with the knowledge and techniques required to give your Bonsai a long and healthy life! Participants are encouraged to bring their own scissors or pruners. Conservatory admission included with registration fee. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: April 11. Min. 10. Max. 15.

Code                      Dates    Day                    Times

227014-S1            4/18       Sa           10 am-12 pm

                             4/25, 5/16               10-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 3/$29

Member or Volunteer Fee: $25

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

$1 Nights

First Thursday of the Month, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person! There is also a drop-in program with a fun topic and educational lecture or activity as part of the DNI, $1 Night Insight. No reservations required.

DNI: Colorful Koi

Thursday, April 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Did you know the Conservatory is home to a multitude of colorful Koi Fish? The Amur Carp can range in a wide variety of patterns and colors from red, yellow, and black to even blue. Learn more about our scaly friends and take a trip to the Tropical Garden where you can help feed them; be sure not to miss out on the fish feeding at 6:00 p.m. sharp! Afterwards, stick around for a light snack and craft your own colorful Koi to take home.

DNI: Insect Wings

Thursday, May 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Explore the mechanics of flight and discover the various functions of insect wings for this month’s DNI theme. Spend a dollar, then take a closer look at the mysterious workings of flight. You also get to visit our live butterfly display, create a make-and-take insect themed craft and share in a tasty treat!

Garden Preschool

Garden Preschool meets at the Botanical Conservatory every third Tuesday in March through May. While encouraging the basics of exploring in the garden at a young age, each monthly class explores a different theme through hands-on activities, crafts, stories, and snacks. Parents and guardians assist their children side by side and learn together while doing garden activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: March 10, April 14, and May 12. Min. 5 Max. 10.

Code                     Date      Day              Time

Spring Flowers

227100-T2            4/21       T              10-11 am

Planting a Garden

227100-T3            5/19       T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6     Member/Volunteer: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

Kids Gardening

Join us at the Botanical Conservatory for a spring garden adventure! Children will act as gardeners and learn both why and how their garden must be prepared in the spring before planting can begin. Parents and guardians assist thier children as they learn basics of gardening, especially the importance of preparing the soil to support healthy growth. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Please indicate at registration if your child has food allergies. Ages 6-9. Registration deadline: April 24. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date       Day                Time

227103-S1            5/2         Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Bonsai Workshop
Very nice instructors and the class was very interesting. Adam G.
I've always thought bonsai trees were very interesting. I never realized how intricate the caring process was, but I am excited to care for my tree. Kandice G.

Good introductory course for those contemplating starting Lacto fermentation. Theresa W.

Dennis Bowman did an excellent job instructing us and helping those of us in need. Elaine M.
Everyone was very helpful regardless of our (the participant) ability-helped us make a beautiful centerpiece! Nancy S.

Functional Gardening
Even more than I expected-land water and plant information-WIN, WIN, WIN-Abigail K.

Spring Arrangement
Always excellent. Mary Ann L.

Tai Chi
This is my second Tai Chi class and I thoroughly enjoy it!  It helps me with my balance, flexibility and posture.  Suzanne R.

Backyard Bluebirds
I work for Angel Corps. It is so wonderful to bring my client (who has a membership) to the workshops.  I believe it is our third one.  It is very stimulating for her and she enjoys it.  It is very rewarding for both of us.  Deb W.

Terra Cotta Turkeys
Had a great time! Deb W. and Joan C.


Currently closed until further notice

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
November 29: 10am - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free