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“Dog Days of Winter” Garden Exhibit 

January 11-April 12, 2020, Public Hours  

The “dog days of summer” means hot, humid, outdoor weather, but our fanciful opposite – the Dog Days of Winter – provides a fun time to visit indoors, in spite of the weather. This garden of make-believe invites young visitors to imagine what it would be like to own a dog – or be one!


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A variety of topiary breeds occupy the garden beds, but the Dog Park Agility Course is a playground for doggie-wannabes.


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Choose your favorite breed at the Dog Show, try on different sizes of Dog Housing to see which fits you best, and practice howling at the moon. You can learn a bit about pet care at the Doggie Doctor and take a simple quiz to find out which breed you are most like. Featuring lush tropicals, winter-bloomers, and later on, early spring-flowering bulbs, the Dog Days of Winter will bring welcome relief from the chill of the season.

Sponsored by:

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Doggie Daze Craze FWN

Doggie Daze Craze

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

If you love dogs of all kinds, then you will not want to miss our Doggie Daze Craze! Take part in tail-wagging activities, win games, and make crafts, all with a doggie theme. Test your dog breed knowledge in a scavenger hunt along with your agility skills when participating in an obstacle course. Even get your face painted like your favorite furry friend and craft your very own friend to take home. During your visit, you will paws-itively adore our “Dog Days of Winter” exhibit featuring topiary dogs, a dog show and dog park. You will also get to learn from local experts about keeping dogs as pets, obedience training and more. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

 Sponsored by:

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1st Garden Glimpse

Showcase Exhibit Opening Day

Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Become a plant explorer on the opening day of each seasonal exhibit in the new Showcase Garden during the months of January, April, July, and November. This exclusive opportunity offers the first glimpse at the latest plants being exhibited along with a hands-on activity, craft, or tour. On January 11th, come explore the “Dog Days of Winter” garden exhibit, participate in a scavenger hunt, and create your own special flower. Also, be sure to join us for a brief “backstage” tour of the new garden exhibit at either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so get a firsthand glimpse and drop in!



Winterval at the Conservatory

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating the season of winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder, pot a plant, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our “Dog Days of Winter” garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town. See pages 30-31 for more details. Regular Conservatory admission applies.

Winterval is sponsored by:

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Great Train

The Great Train Connection

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

Travel through exciting cities and wonderland landscapes while exploring the world of miniature model train displays during this two-day event at the Botanical Conservatory. Expect to put on a conductor’s hat, as many of these displays are interactive! Local model railroad clubs will guide you through the various types of table top displays ranging from G-scale to HO-scale and the tiny N- scale model trains. Develop a greater appreciation for Fort Wayne’s rich railroad history and even get the chance to create a simple miniature tree to go in your own model train display. Regular garden admission applies.


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