Looking for something family oriented?  Check out our 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  Fall Fun Times for even more FUN!

 $1 Nights / $1 Night Insight

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

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of every month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for Dollar Night Insight, a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required.

$1 Night Insight: Scarecrows in the Garden

Thursday, September 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Scarecrows have stood guard and been around for thousands of years. What is their significance in the garden? Come find out! Answer scarecrow trivia, munch on a light snack, and fashion a miniature scarecrow of your own.

$1 Night Insight: Apples, Pumpkins, and Spice, Oh My!

Thursday, October 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season for harvesting crisp apples and plump pumpkins! Ever thought about how they are similar yet different? Let’s compare and contrast these two fruits while learning about them from seed to table. Also, create a stamped print and eat a bite or two.

$1 Night Insight: Colorful Corn

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

Have you ever noticed that not all corn is yellow? At a time of thanksgiving, come learn about colorful Indian corn as one of the oldest varieties out there. Enjoy a popped snack and bead your own miniature cob to take home!


Garden Close-Up

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: Fruits, Veggies, & Herbs

Saturday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come crunch on a carrot or some kale, chomp on some chives, maybe you could even taste a juicy tomato! By the way, is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? Come find out and bring your appetite! We’ll be cleaning out what’s left in our raised bed gardens as well as testing your garden knowledge . . . like, what’s the difference between a fruit and vegetable? So come hungry and bring your garden wisdom. 

FGC: “Prickly Pear”

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 FGC: “Cacao Tree”

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Skill Building Tai Chi in the Garden

Join us here at the Conservatory for some simple summer Tai Chi sessions. These classes will focus on the basics for beginners and those who would like to refresh. Tai Chi has many benefits including better posture, improved breathing, enhanced balance, and relaxation. For over 30 years instructor Sandy Gebhard has been teaching and practicing Tai Chi and was certified as an instructor by Master Dr. Paul Lam. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines: June 11, July 16 and August 13. Min. 10. Max. 16. Please note: Drop-ins are welcome for a $10 fee per evening; call ahead to make sure the class will be in session.

Code     Date      Day        Time

Tai Chi I in the Morning

327002-T2            7/23       T              9-10 am

327002-T3            8/20       T              9-10 am

Tai Chi II in the Evening

327002-T5            7/23       T              5-6 pm

327002-T6            8/20       T              5-6 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9

Member or Volunteer Fee: $7

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Sunday, September 8, 12:00-4:00 p.m.  

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.                         

Residents with a “Be a Tourist” passport will have the opportunity to rediscover their own backyard during this year’s annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown celebration – FREE! These passports provide entrance to some of Fort Wayne’s leading attractions including the Botanical Conservatory. During the afternoon, visitors can enjoy the swingin’ vocal performance of Those 2 Guys in Suits & Ties, 12:30-2:30 p.m. One passport is enough for your whole group; get it stamped when you enter each attraction or facility. Sponsored by Visit Fort Wayne. For more information, go online to www.visitfortwayne.org or pick up a passport at Kroger stores, the Conservatory, or other area attractions.


Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The Conservatory’s fall plant swap will be held on the first Saturday in September. Bring at least one plant to share and take home an armful of starts from other area gardeners. Plants may be seeds, divisions, and full-grown plants such as vegetables, flowers, fruits, houseplants, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, or vines. Absolutely no weeds please! It is recommended to label your plants in addition to bringing a box or bag to take your new babies home. Upon arrival, you will receive a number that is called when it is your turn to pick from the assortment. The swap is free; however, seating is limited. Phone reservations are required by September 6. For more information or to register, call and leave a message at (260) 427-6443.


Plant & Go: Swedish Ivy

November 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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 Swedish Ivy. 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!


Autumn Succulents Workshop

There’s no better time of year to take home a cute personal-sized pumpkin and turn it into a decorative piece for your kitchen table or your desk at work! Join instructor Nancy Murphy, active volunteer and succulent enthusiast, as she shows you how to place and maintain succulents on your very own pumpkin. These easy-care plants are fun and sure to add a pop of color to any dull space. Then, when the season is over, you can plant your succulents in a container to enjoy them for years to come. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: September 2. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Date      Day        Time

427068-R1           9/12       Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$17

Member or Volunteer Fee: $14

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Air Plant Mini Terrarium Workshop

Create a mini terrarium with a magnetic backing to add some WOW to your fridge or filing cabinet with a low-maintenance air plant. Program Supervisor and Advanced Master Gardener Amanda Amstutz will teach you how to care for this unusual plant and explain how air plants and their Bromeliad buddies are trending these days. You will also get the opportunity to visit the Botanical Conservatory’s Tropical Garden and see how Bromeliads are adapted to life in the trees...or the kitchen. Your new conversation piece will be perfect for home or office! Ages 15+. Registration deadline: October 3. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code     Date      Day        Time

427018-R1           10/10     Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$16

Member or Volunteer Fee: $13

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

The popular centerpiece workshop is here again! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece that can be enjoyed by all through the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. This centerpiece incorporates a candle, ribbon and pine cones for a nice holiday touch. Your fee includes a stroll through our holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 22. Min. 12. Max. 36.

Code                     Date      Day        Time

427009-S1            12/14     Sa           9-10:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

Member or Volunteer Fee: $29

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: September 11. Min. 10. Max. 16.

Code                    Dates                 Day                        Time

Tai Chi I - Beginners

427002-T1            9/17-11/5            T              9:30-10:30 am

Tai Chi I - Beginners

427002-T2            9/17-11/5            T              5-6 pm

Tai Chi II – Continuing

427002-T3            9/17-11/5            T               6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$69

Member or Volunteer Fee: $59

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Kids Gardening Class

Join us for this new adventure at the Botanical Conservatory for children ages 6-9 years of age! Parents or guardians will assist children in this venture as they learn the basics of gardening. Participants will learn about gardening during early fall season, plant some Swiss Chard, and take home several kinds of seeds to begin their garden adventure!  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. Registration deadline: September 6. Ages 6-9. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date      Day        Time

427054-T1            9/14       Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Garden Preschool

Garden Preschool meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Conservatory. Parents or guardians will assist children side by side in this monthly class that encourages the basics of exploring in the gardens at a young age. Each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a 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. Registration deadlines:  September 10 (September), October 8 (October), and November 12 (November). Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                    Date      Day                  Time


427102-T1            9/17       T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4


427102-T2            10/15     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$6

Member or Volunteer Fee: $4

Indoor Plants

427-102-T3          11/19     T              10-11 am

# 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