“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.
The Franklin Electric Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation
Butterfly Attendant Callout
Required Training, March & April
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.
1st Garden Glimpse
Saturday, April 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Get one of the first glimpses of the “Color in Motion” live butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory and explore this newly installed garden with a specially crafted activity. Also, join our knowledgeable staff for a brief “backstage” tour at either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. This exclusive opportunity is included with regular admission on the opening day of each seasonal Showcase Exhibit in January, April, July and November. No reservations required, so drop in!
Home & Garden Show
Thursday-Sunday, April 15-18
Get your garden in shape by shopping our Botanical Conservatory Booth and the hundreds of other vendors at this year’s Home & Garden Show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A variety of garden essentials, seasonal ornaments and seeds accompany beautiful selections of houseplants and bonsai that are sure to bring you joy. Painted Lady Butterfly Kits and Conservatory Memberships also available for purchase.
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.
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.