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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! 

Due to the current COVID-19 surge, face masks are required as of Tuesday, September 7th at all City of Fort Wayne-owned facilities including the Botanical Conservatory. This requirement applies to all individuals regardless of vaccination status.  

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


Fall Classes 

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Sunday, September 12, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Just as visiting tourists do, enjoy Fort Wayne’s leading attractions during this annual celebration when participating residents with a Be a Tourist passport are provided FREE admission to hometown locations including the Botanical Conservatory! Get your group’s passport stamped then visit the seasonal Showcase Garden featuring “Visions of the Old West.” Also, enjoy a FREE concert by “Those Two Guys In Suits & Ties” who will be swingin’ and singin’ in style on the outdoor Terrace from 12:30-2:30pm. Check out for more information.


$1 Nights

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

On the first Thursday night of the month, Conservatory admission is just $1 (and parking is free). While you are here, be sure to drop in on the $1 Night Insight for a fun themed activity from 6:00-7:00 p.m. No registration required.

$1 Night Insight: Paint a Pumpkin

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

What could be cuter than a mini pumpkin painted by the one and only you? You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity that is fun for the whole family!

$1 Night Insight: Vermicomposting

Thursday, November 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn about this indoor garden hobby and find out what supplies you need to start your very own worm farm at home!


Succulent Pumpkins

The time has come, once again, to pair pumpkins with your favorite succulents! Join returning instructor and succulent enthusiast Nancy Murphy in placing succulent cuttings on miniature stacked pumpkins to enjoy this season. You will also learn expert tips on how to maintain and multiply your new plants once the autumn season is over. Individual garden admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 30. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                Date             Day                       Time

427503-R1       10/7             Th                 6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$19

Member or Volunteer Fee: $16

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Pumpkin Macramé

Accompanied by boho macramé, this decorative hanger incorporates a fall pumpkin that can eventually be swapped out with a 4-6” planter! Create one of your own with returning instructor Tiffany Welbaum who will facilitate this beginner level workshop while providing step-by-step instruction on doing simple knotting techniques with naturalized cotton rope. Sign up with your best buds then visit the gardens, Conservatory Shop and Conjure Coffee, too. Conservatory admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 15. Min. 10. Max. 15.

Code                Date             Day                       Time

427504-S1       10/23           Sa          9:30 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$26

Member or Volunteer Fee: $23

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St



1st Garden Glimpse

Opening Day of New Showcase Exhibit

Saturday, November 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Get one of the first glimpses of the “Alpine Holiday” exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory, and explore this newly installed garden with a specially crafted activity. Also, join our knowledgeable staff for a brief “backstage” tour at either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. This exclusive opportunity is included with regular admission on the opening day of each seasonal Showcase Exhibit in January, April, July and November. No reservation required, so drop in!


Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

Sign up sooner rather than later for this popular holiday workshop. Join returning instructor and florist Dennis Bowman in fashioning balsam fir, cedar and pine branch tips in a fragrant evergreen centerpiece to enjoy throughout the season. Also complement your piece with festive ribbon, pine cones and a special feature! The registration fee also includes a visit to the “Alpine Holiday” garden exhibit. Participants are welcome to bring garden gloves, pruners and suitable accents. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 12. Max. 24.

Code                Date             Day                       Time

127501-R1       12/9             Th              10-11:30 am

127501-R2       12/9             Th                 6-7:30 pm

127501-S1       12/11           Sa                9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$43

Member or Volunteer Fee: $38

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Tai Chi Series

Revive your energy levels with this Tai Chi series for beginning to advanced students. Skilled instructor, Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle art form 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 morning session ends or before the evening session begins. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins are not being accepted at this time. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 14. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                Dates            Day                       Time

427402-T1       9/21-11/2     T            9:30-10:30 am

427402-T2       9/21-11/2     T                        5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 7/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Forest Bathing for Yourh

Leave those electronics at home and get in on some nature connectivity with the therapeutic practice of forest bathing. Seasoned guide Christy Knecht will facilitate an experience of reconnecting with nature and deepening awareness while mindfully moving through the garden. Learn more at Ages 8-15. Conservatory admission included for one adult guardian to visit for duration of the workshop. Great for homeschoolers! Registration deadlines: September 7, October 5 and November 5. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                Date        Day                             Time

427403-T1       9/14        T           10:30 am-12:30 pm

427403-T2       10/12      T          10:30 am-12:30 pm

427403-T3       11/14      Su                            1-3 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22

Member or Volunteer Fee: $19

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. 


Fall Bonsai Show

Saturday, September 18, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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.


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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.

Fall Funtimes 2021

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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

Holiday Hours:

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

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day



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