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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  Summer Fun Times for even more FUN! 


Summer Programs


Daylily Show

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Come soak up a cheerful array of Daylilies as one of summer’s favorite flowers! Also meet experienced gardeners and learn more about this durable garden perennial as part of a display showcasing its diverse forms and colors. Plants will be available for purchase. Special discounted admission to the Conservatory gardens and Daylily Show: $3/adult; $2/child; free for ages 2 and under. Presented by the Fort Wayne Daylily Society.


Iris Sale

Sunday, July 26, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Local Iris hobbyists will be returning with this special opportunity to purchase rhizomes of their favorite varieties. Bring home various colors and types such as Siberian, bearded, crested and more. You will surely enjoy them for years to come in spring and early summer! Special discounted garden admission includes the Iris sale: $3/adult; $2/child; free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society.


$1 Nights

First Thursdays of the month, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Receive discounted admission for just $1 per person on the first Thursday night of the month starting at 5:00 p.m.! Take advantage of free parking, and also be sure to drop-in for the $1 Night Insight (DNI) between 6:00-7:00 p.m.. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in these themed educational activities offered monthly at the Conservatory. No reservations required.

DNI: Surprise Giveaway

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

What plants are comparable to fireworks? Make a declaration and see for yourself!

DNI: Meditative Garden Sketches

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

Sketch your dream garden while learning some basic design tips and relaxing to meditative music. Furthermore, you may unwind and gather inspiration with a reflective walk through the current garden exhibit “Present Tense, Future Calm.”


Mini Macramé Air Plant Hanger

Bring on the bohemian vibes with a fun wall hanging that perfectly nestles your new epiphytic houseplant. Self-taught instructor Tiffany Welbaum will offer step-by-step instruction for a design consisting of simple knotting techniques with naturalized cotton rope. This beginner level workshop is just what you are looking for as part of your morning out with friends in which you might also plan for brunch at our in-house café! Conservatory admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: July 25. Min. 12. Max.15.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

327061-S1            8/1         Sa           9:30-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$19

Member or Volunteer Fee: $16

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.



National Pollinator Week

June 23-27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Join us at the Conservatory as we celebrate National Pollinator Week to learn all about our pollinator friends. From Tuesday to Saturday, we will explore the world of different pollinators through hands-on activities, crafts and demonstrations. Included in regular Conservatory admission, so drop in! Scheduled topics during this special celebration are:

Tuesday, June 23: Bees

Wednesday, June 24: Birds

Thursday, June 25:          Bats

Friday, June 26: Butterflies

Saturday, June 27: Pollinator Plants


Tai Chi: Skill Building

Revive your energy levels with summer Tai Chi sessions geared toward the basics. Skilled instructor Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle art form that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. In addition to in-person sessions, the option for live digital sessions is available via Zoom. Please indicate at-home digital preference and provide required email address when registering. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: June 9, July 14 and August 11. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                    Date        Day         Time

Morning Tai Chi

327002-T1            6/16       T              9:30-10:30 am

327002-T2            7/21       T              9:30-10:30 am

327002-T3            8/18       T              9:30-10:30 am

Evening Tai Chi

327002-T4            6/16       T              5-6 pm

327002-T5            7/21       T              5-6 pm

327002-T6            8/18       T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Forest Bathing Walks

Tap in to the healing powers of forest therapy as you deepen your senses and mindfully move through the garden. This practice, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” helps one reconnect with nature for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. Seasoned guide Christy Thomson will help facilitate this experience, of which you may learn more at All ages welcome; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Non-registered individuals may drop-in having called ahead to confirm the program is in session. Registration deadlines: July 10, August 14 and September 11. Min. 7. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

327055-R1           7/16       Th           9:30 am-12 pm

327055-R2           8/20       Th           9:30 am-12 pm

327055-R3           9/17       Th           9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Garden Preschool

While encouraging the basics of garden exploration at a young age, each Garden Preschool class examines a related theme through hands-on crafts, stories and snacks. Learn together and assist your child with garden activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! Adult guardians are required to participate for the duration (no registration required). Please indicate if a participant has food allergies. Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: June 9, July 14 and August 11. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date        Day              Time

Fairy Gardens

327100-T2            7/21       T              10-11 am

Harvesting Vegetables

327100-T3            8/18       T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Discovery Corner

Daily, Public hours

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Visit Woody the Talking Tree and engage in seasonal activities as part of an imaginative play area for little sprouts. Also share stories with one another in the nearby Reading Nook where you are encouraged to explore ideas and read aloud with your young learners. Materials are safe and suitable for children pre-K through 1st grade. Free with general admission.



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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.

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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.


Upcoming Events

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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