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!

June Plant Swap
Saturday, June 3, 10:00-11:00 am
The Conservatory’s free plant swap is coming up on the first Saturday of June. Bring at least one plant to share and take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Plants can be seedlings, divisions or full-grown plants; they could be plants grown for vegetables, flowers, fruits, groundcovers, shrubs, trees or vines. (No weeds, please!) Bring a box or bag to carry home your new babies. Everyone gets a number when they arrive and we take turns picking. The swap is free, but phone reservations are required by June 1. For more information or to register, call (260) 427-6442. The Fall Plant Swap will be held on Saturday, September 2. 

$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:  Butterfly Biology
Thursday, June 1, 6:00-7:00 pm

Come learn more about butterflies during our “Perspectives” live butterfly exhibit. Look into the biology of butterflies, what habitats they like, how to tell them apart from moths, and how to garden for butterflies’ benefit. There will be free information to take home and a light butterfly snack.

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: Perfect Pollinators
Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Perfect pollinators include animals such as butterflies, bats, birds and honey bees! This month we will explore the world of the honey bee and learn all about the important role they play in many of the foods we enjoy. Get up-close and personal with the honey bee while viewing them safely through our indoor observation hive. Learn about honey bee colony life and sample some of the foods that honey bees pollinate. 

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.

Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku)

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens and parks. The benefits are not only a greater sense of well-being, but a boost in immune function and ready access to lower stress hormones and boosts in serotonin levels. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Being relaxed, revitalized, and better equipped to handle the stresses of daily living are the goals of this forest bathing walk. Instructor Christy Thomson is a life-long resident of northeast IN. She is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana and is thrilled to share this opportunity with the Fort Wayne community. Registration deadlines: April 6 and May 18. Ages 18+. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code           Date Day        Time
227051-R2  5/25 Th   6-7:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Member or Volunteer Fee: $8
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi in the Garden I & II

Learn to relax your body and focus your mind with the ancient art of Tai Chi, a gentle, graceful exercise to improve health and fitness. It is especially effective in reducing stress, thereby relieving arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. The class focuses on the basics of the Sun form and is great for new students or those wishing to continue their studies. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam, and has 30+ years’ experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Note: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 4. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code           Dates       Day         Time
Tai Chi I - Beginners
227002-T1  4/11-5/30 T 6:30-7:30 pm
Tai Chi II - Continuing
227002-T2  4/11-5/30 T 5:30-6:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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.


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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