“Perspectives” Live Butterfly Display
April 8-June 25

At the Conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, you’ll get at least three perspectives on these winged creatures as well as “up close and personal” time in our exhibit tent! With design input from Ball State University students, the garden offers you views from close-up, backyard, and global angles. Match our display species with their country of origin. Learn which plants are essential for the caterpillars from which local butterflies grow. And get a super-close look at the awesome wing scales, proboscis, and compound eyes of our butterfly friends. You won’t look at butterflies the same way again. Regular admission applies.

toddler with butterfly


Sponsored by:

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DSCN3836Purchase Painted Lady Kits 
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

The beauty of butterflies isn’t instant; the lifecycle is a process of four stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Purchase in the Gift Shop a Painted Lady caterpillar and hatching kit, then build and decorate your own caterpillar hatchery. Once your caterpillar changes into a butterfly, you can celebrate its flight by releasing it into the great outdoors!  Spring weather is fine for the Painted Lady. The Botanical Conservatory no longer accepts releases of the butterflies since the Butterfly Exhibit is now installed. 

For more information, call (260) 427-6445.


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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