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Emergence: Live Butterfly Exhibit

April 23-June 26, 2022

Live butterflies return to the Botanical Conservatory bringing with them an array of natural beauty and wonder. As plants and butterflies emerge with warmer weather, we too unfurl like the tendrils of plants and the wings of butterflies. Flying, climbing and vining, they remind us of our own inner workings and what it takes to reach greater heights. Come “hang out” and enjoy a twist in this year’s exhibit where vines and butterflies intertwine!


Sponsored by:

The Franklin Electric Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation

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Color Craft Sessions

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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.


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National Public Gardens Week


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. 

Winter Funtimes 2022

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Upcoming Events

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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