Looking for something family oriented?  Check out our new Family Garden Close-Up program where you may get close to a slithering snake or find out about yummy edible plants found in the garden. 

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

$1 Nights
The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking.

DNI: German in the Garden
Thursday, July 6, 6:00-7:00 pm

In July we will celebrate our German Sister City, Gera. Take a guided tour through our “Blumengarten” exhibit to discover the significance of this new garden’s features. You’ll gather tidbits about the history of Gera, modern German landscape principles, German culture, and even a few German terms—perfect for impressing your friends!

DNI: Color Changing Flowers
Thursday, August 3, 6:00-7:00 pm

In August we will demonstrate some experiments you can try at home. Learn about flower colors and how flowers hydrate themselves. Then, choose a flower to dye and get the process started. You’ll be able to take your freaky flower home!

Garden Close-Up
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun

Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration. We highlight a different garden each month so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

GC: Desert Adaptations
Saturday, June 24, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

An adaptation is something that a plant or animal has that help it to survive in its habitat.  At the learning station this month, we’ll find out how desert plants and animals beat the heat of the desert. Go on a cactus hunt and make a desert critter!

GC:  Jungle Plantimals
Saturday, July 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

If you’re wondering what a Plantimal is, look no further. Join us this month in our Tropical Garden to discover plants with animal names. Go on a scavenger hunt using picture clues to find these amazing plants. Once you spot a Plantimal, you’ll understand how it got its name!

GC: German Gardens
Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

When you visit the Conservatory’s Blumengarten exhibit this month, you’ll experience something of what German gardens are like. Learn about the modern German style that includes beautiful ornamental grasses and perennials in a free-flowing, meadow-like design. And discover the phenomenon of the Schrebergarten, which doubles as a veggie plot and summer getaway. As you stroll in the gardens, enjoy nibbling on a special German treat.

Skill Building Tai Chi in the Garden

Please join us for a simple summer Tai Chi session. We will focus on the basics for beginners and those who would like to refresh. This summer is a great time to introduce yourself to Tai Chi or to advance your existing skills. Keep your energy level renewed while experiencing the ancient art form of movement and grace. Tai Chi offers many benefits from better posture to improved breathing, balance and relaxation. Sandy Gebhard has been teaching and practicing Tai Chi for over 30 years and is certified as an instructor by Master Dr. Paul Lam. Registration deadlines: June 6, July 11, and August 15, respectively. Ages 18+.  Min. 10. Max. 16. Drop-ins welcome for $10 fee per evening; call in advance to make sure class is in session.
Code         Date     Day Time
327002-T1 6/13      T     5:30-6:30 pm
327002-T2 7/18      T     5:30-6:30 pm
327002-T3 8/22      T     5:30-6:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9
Member or Volunteer Fee: $7
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.


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, New Years Day, Christmas Day


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