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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. This drop-in program is included in your regular Conservatory admission fee: $5 adults, $3 children ages 3-17; age 2 and under, members and volunteers admitted free. 

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GC: Butterfly or Moth?

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Do you know the difference between a butterfly and a moth?  At our special learning station this month, we will explore the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths. Join us to learn about these amazing winged creatures! Make one of your own winged beauties to take home and then discover the colorful world of butterflies when you visit our live butterfly enclosure.

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.


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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