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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 season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 


COVID-19 Announcement

Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced, and a one-way route will be set up during special events. Please call (260-427-6440) for more details. We appreciate your on-going support of the Conservatory and hope you will make time for a visit or a class this spring! 

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


$1 Nights

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

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

$1 Night Insight: Insect Wings

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

Come explore the mysterious workings and mechanics of flight! Get an up-close look as part of the live butterfly exhibit, and create a make-and-take insect themed craft too.


Slightly Used Bulb Sale

Tuesday-Sunday, April 6-11, Public hours

This annual sale features “slightly used” spring tulips, daffodils and hyacinths from the Botanical Conservatory’s spring exhibit. Located in the Sales Garden, bulbs sell for $1.50/pot containing multiples ready to plant in preparation for next year’s bloom. Purchases are made through the Conservatory Shop while supplies last. Admission not required.


Spring Plant Swap

Bring home an abundance of new plants having brought at least one of your own to swap with fellow enthusiasts. It is recommended to label ahead of time and bring a box or bag for transporting home. Upon arrival, receive a number that is called in numerical order when it is your turn to pick from the assortment. Swaps are free; however, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Min. 10. Max. 45.

Code                    Date        Day              Time

227700-S1            6/5         Sa           10-11am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/FREE

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Spring Bonsai Display

Saturday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Meet with members of the local bonsai club and learn all about this fascinating hobby! Familiar trees, at a fraction of their size, will have you captivated when strolling through a miniature forest.

You might even go home with your very own bonsai, as young plants and pots are available for purchase. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.


Iris Flower Show

Sunday, May 30, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Local gardeners with a passion for growing Irises will be back for another glorious show when experts judge the best of blooms. All types of Iris flowers will be identified and on display with a stunning range of color and fragrant blooms. Come vote for your favorite! Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. 


Design A Planter

Bring on the warmer weather by planting a farmhouse style container with a bold modern twist! Floral Designer Dennis Bowman will interact and guide you virtually through the process of arranging a variety of annuals in a 12’ inch galvanized tub while offering professional plant tips and designer tricks. A supply kit is required and may be picked up during Conservatory public hours on April 22 or 23. An email address is necessary to participate via Zoom. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: April 17. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

227801-S1            4/24       Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$33

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

Location: Virtual Zoom Platform


Soil Science Fun

Get your hands dirty with this online learning program that virtually explores living and non-living parts, different types of soil, its many benefits and more. The hour will also conclude with a cool hands-on science experiment! A supply kit is required and may be picked up at the Conservatory during public hours from April 22-29. An email address is necessary to participate via Zoom. Ages 7-10. Registration deadline: April 19. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day           Time

227802-R1           4/29       Th           4-5 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$14

Member or Volunteer Fee: $11 

Location: Virtual Zoom Platform


Garden Preschool

Meeting on the third Tuesdays, Garden Preschool encourages the basics of garden exploration at an early age. Learn together and assist your child side by side with garden themes and activities that are sure to get everyone thinking! Adult guardians are required to participate for the duration (no registration required). Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines: March 9, April 13 and May 11. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date      Day                Time

“Signs of Spring”

227200-T1            3/16       T              10-11 am

“Spring Flowers”

227200-T2            4/20       T              10-11 am

“Planting a Garden”

227200-T3            5/18       T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12

Member or Volunteer Fee: $9

Location:  Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Tai Chi Tuesdays

Revive yourself through a Tai Chi series that modifies the Sun Style Form for beginning to advanced students. Skilled instructor Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle exercise that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. Students are also invited to take a self-guided meditative walk in the gardens either after the AM session ends or before the PM session begins. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins are not accepted at this time. The series is subject to go virtual. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 6. Min. 10. Max. 16. 

Code                     Date                   Day                        Time

227400-T1            4/13-5/25            T              9:30-10:30 am

227400-T2            4/13-5/25            T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 7/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

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.

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


Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4 pm - 8 pm
Black Friday: 10 am - 8 pm 
Christmas Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 
New Year's Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 


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