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“Color in Motion”
Live Butterfly Exhibit, 2021

April 10-June 27, Public hours

Embrace color during the Botanical Conservatory’s annual live butterfly exhibit. Not only do the wings of the Blue Morpho, Emerald Peacock and Scarlet Mormon flash with pigments and refracted light, but colorful shade sails, masses of spring flowers and broad strokes of groundcover undergird this exhibit celebrating the pleasures of color. Large-scale kaleidoscopes also allow you to experiment with color magic during your visit. Sponsored by the Franklin Electric Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation, 97.3 WMEE and ABC 21 WPTA.

Sponsored by:

The Franklin Electric Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation

WMEE09 logo     ABC21 Final2


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Color Craft Sessions

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

April 22-24, May 20-22, June 17-19

Drop in for some color magic and kaleidoscope fun as part of the “Color in Motion” live butterfly exhibit! This is an extra chance to explore a world of color through various activities, crafts and demonstrations. Themed monthly topics include butterfly wings in April, color collages in May and plantable colors in June. Included with regular Conservatory admission. No registration required.


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Wonderful World of Insects

Get a panoramic view of live butterflies with this online learning program that virtually explores the world of insects! We will explore the definition of an insect, their lifecycle and how they are different from other creepy crawlies. The session will end with an up-close view of our hatching lab and live butterflies in the Botanical Conservatory’s “Color in Motion” seasonal exhibit. An email address is necessary to participate via Zoom. Ages 6-9. Registration deadline: June 9. Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code                        Date                     Day                               Time

327800-W1              6/16                      W                        9-9:45 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Member or Volunteer Fee: $9

Location: Virtual Zoom Platform

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National Public Gardens Week

Friday-Sunday, May 7-16, Public hours

Celebrate National Public Gardens Week and support your local Botanical Conservatory having been part of Fort Wayne’s downtown revitalization efforts since 1983. See what public gardens are all about while exploring diverse plant collections and touring indoor and outdoor destinations! This affordable outing also includes a visit to the current Showcase exhibit with access to Conjure Coffee and the Conservatory Shop. Regular admission fees apply. 

National Pollinator Week

Tuesday-Saturday: June 22-26

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learn all about our pollinator friends as we cel- ebrate National Pollinator Week! From Tuesday to Saturday, we will explore the world of pollinators through hands-on activities, crafts and demonstrations. Included in regular Conservatory admission. Scheduled topics during this special celebration are:

Tuesday, June 22............................................ Bees

Wednesday, June 23...................................... Birds

Thursday, June 24........................................... Bats

Friday, June 25....................................... Butterflies

Saturday, June 26......................... Pollinator Plants



Watch the installation of the Butterfly Tent! 

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. 

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