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  Spring Fun Times for even more FUN!

 $1 Nights

First Thursday of the month, 5:00-8:00 pm
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: Hissing Cockroaches
Thursday, May 3, 6:00-7:00 pm

What is a Hissing Cockroach? Is it dangerous? Not at all! You won’t find these as a kitchen pest. Visit the Conservatory to meet these gentle bugs face to face. Find out where they come from, what they eat, how they live, and why they hiss. You can make a cockroach craft and enjoy a fun “buggy” treat, too! We’ll have live specimens of these sociable insects on display in our Bugs! exhibit, so you can get a good look at them.

 $1 Night Insight: Chocolate Challenge
Thursday, June 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Can you tell what kind of chocolate you are eating? Is it milk, dark or some other kind? Join us at the Conservatory for a fun chocolate challenge that will test the skill of your taste buds. Learn where chocolate comes from and observe a chocolate tree with your own eyes in our tropical garden! We will have several different types of chocolate for you to test out and in celebration of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, enjoy a scoop of this delicious delight on us!

$1 Night Insight: Edible Insects: A Yummy Treat!
Thursday, July 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Yes, we have all been dared to eat that grasshopper or the pretty pink earthworm that came out after a nice hard rain, but I bet you had no idea how healthy some of these bugs could be. You are in for a real treat this evening as we present you with a buffet of bugs. That’s right, bugs! Try that cricket you hear chirping on the long summer nights or maybe you’ve always wondered about the taste of the mealworms so loved by the bluebird. Stay and learn about health benefits of these creepy-crawlies and make a fun little bug craft to take home.

$1 Night Insight: All about the Arts
Thursday, August 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Art is in the eye of the beholder. It is not merely a painting on a wall or some kind   of fancy sculpture, art can be expressed in many forms and all sorts of mediums. Join us to learn about some of these different art forms and create an art piece of your own to show off to your family and friends. Then enjoy our “Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory” exhibit and experience art in a whole new way.
Garden Close-Up
Fourth Saturday of the Month, 11 am-1 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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:  Awesome Arthropods
Saturday, April 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm

What is an arthropod?  Are all arthropods ‘bugs’? We will learn what an arthropod is and about the different kinds found around here and afar. Join us as we learn about insects, arachnids, and more! Create your own “awesome arthropod” to take home. Then visit our Butterfly Exhibit and see some amazing live butterflies and other arthropods up close!  

GC:  The Four Bs: Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies!
Saturday, May 26, 11:00am – 1:00pm

What do birds, bats, bees and butterflies all have in common? There are actually several things! At this special learning station, we will explore the world of these four amazing creatures, their similarities and differences. We will also learn how important they are to our world here and abroad. You can get up close and personal with some of these creatures when you visit our live butterfly exhibit or view our observation beehive. Then, make your own beautiful “B” creature to take home.

GC: Gardening for Wildlife
Saturday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ever wonder how to attract wildlife to your garden? Like to watch birds? Join us this month  to  explore  different  ways  you can attract your favorite types of wild animals to your backyard garden. Learn about different plants that attract wildlife species as well as what you need to provide for your favorite critters. You can even make a craft version of a critter to take home with you!

GC: Art in the Garden
Saturday, August 25, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

When you visit the Conservatory this month for “Art of the Garden: Daniel Dienelt at the Conservatory,” you’ll experience a  beautiful serene setting featuring amazing artwork by this local artist. Daniel will incorporate paint, found objects, and mixed media with the Forest, Lake, and Mountain plantings of this summer/fall Showcase Exhibit. Enjoy his artwork, then make a collage of your own inspiration!

Plant & Go: Marigold
July 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Calling all gardeners and gardeners-to-be! Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the first day of each new Showcase Garden exhibit to participate in a hands-on learning experience with plants. This month we’re giving out marigolds, along with tips on how to grow them to full summer glory. Plant & Go will feature four different plants every year, coinciding with the start of each seasonal garden exhibit: January, April, July, and November. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, seed, or bulb, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant baby home to nurture. (While supplies last.) Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!  


Bonsai for Beginners

Are you ready to learn the secrets of the Bonsai masters? You, too, can discover them in this bonsai workshop where each participant will receive his or her very own small Ficus tree. Under the careful guidance of Darlene Kittle and Ed Hake from the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club, you will pot, trim, and begin forming it into a beautiful bonsai showpiece. Along the way, you will learn about the proper pots and soils to use, how to prune and wire your plant, and the techniques for giving it a long and healthy life. Participants may also be inspired by other examples, some of which are available in the Conservatory gift shop. Participants should bring their own pruners or scissors, all other supplies will be provided. Ages 10+. Registration deadline: April 27.  Min. 10.  Max. 24.

Code               Date                Day                  Time   
227014-S1      5/5                   Sa                   10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$29
Member or Volunteer Fee: $25
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Spring Forest Bathing Walk

Spring is in the air, so what better time to get down to the gardens for forest bathing? 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 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. Note: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for the session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadlines: March 8, April 12, and May 10, respectively. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Min 5. Max 15.

Code            Date  Day                      Time    
227055-R2   4/19  Th             6:00-7:30pm
227055-R3   5/17  Th             6:00-7:30pm 
#Sessions/Fee: 1/$14
Member or Volunteer Fee: $11
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi in the Garden I & II
New morning class available! 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: Additional students may drop in for $10 per session but should call ahead to make sure class will be held. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 3. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code           Dates                  Day               Times                   
Tai Chi I – Beginners, morning
227002-T1  4/10 – 5/29          T      9:00-10:00 a.m.
Tai Chi I – Beginners, evening
227002-T2  4/10 – 5/29          T        5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tai Chi II – Continuing, evening
227002-T3  4/10 – 5/29          T        6:00-7:00 p.m.
#Sessions/Fee: 8/$69
Member or Volunteer Fee: $59
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Garden Preschool
Third Tuesday of the Month, 10-11 am
Beginning this spring, the Botanical Conservatory will offer their Garden Preschool class every month! Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in each of these monthly classes that encourage the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. We will explore different themes through a story, hands-on activity, craft, and snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities in the garden 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.  Min. 5; max. 10. Registration deadlines:  March 13, April 10, and May 8 respectively. Held at Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Code          Date  Day   Times                   
227100-T2  4/17  T 10-11 a.m.
Spring Flowers
227100-T3  5/15  T 10-11 a.m.
#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.


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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