Butterfly Exhibit


April 18-July 5, Public hours

How do the wings of a butterfly work? If they lose their dust-like scales, can butterflies still fly? Why do some glide and others dart and dash? Are all insect wings alike? Is it true that a bumblebee defies the laws of physics by flying with wings too small for its body? The Botanical Conservatory will help answer all your questions regarding the mechanics of flight for butterflies, bees, flies and dragonflies. Then, inside the live butterfly enclosure, you can simply marvel at the swoops and darts of our exotic butterfly menagerie. Perfect for a school field trip, family visit or for the curious and delightable!  


Sponsored by:
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The Franklin Electric Charitable and Educational Foundation


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Call Out for Butterfly Attendants

Required Training in March or April

While the Conservatory prepares for its 18th year of live butterflies, volunteer butterfly attendants are being recruited to assist visitors and share educational information about this annual exhibit. They also play a key role in preventing butterfly escapes! Once volunteers have completed one required training session, they may commit to a 2- or 3-hour work shift Tuesdays through Sundays from April 18th to July 5th. Multiple training dates will be announced for March and April. For more information, email Program Supervisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (260) 427-6443.


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1st Garden Glimpse

Showcase Exhibit Opening Day, Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Become a garden explorer on the opening day of each seasonal exhibit in the Showcase Garden, offered during the months of January, April, July, and November. This exclusive opportunity offers a first glimpse at the latest exhibit in addition to a tour and hands-on activity or craft. On April 18, explore our “Miracle of Flight” live butterfly exhibit, participate in a scavenger hunt, and craft a butterfly to fly home with you. Also, plan for a brief “backstage” tour of the new garden exhibit at either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Included in regular garden admission, so drop in!



The Conservatory’s butterfly tent, installed annually throughout the spring and early summer months, is assembled with the assistance of up to two dozen employees and raised with the help of up to a dozen Conservatory and Park maintenance employees.  The frame is assembled on the ground, tent fabric is arranged, and in a flash, the structure is hoisted into the air and safely secured in place!  This process, along with the assembly of the butterfly hatching lab and entry/exit rooms, is completed throughout the week-long showcase installation process. 


Currently closed until further notice

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

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
November 29: 10am - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day


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