Discover Bonsai at the Conservatory!

See Bonsai plants for sale in the gift shop ~ these Bonsai are carefully crafted by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club for sale at the Conservatory. You also may learn more about Bonsai at the club’s annual spring and fall shows at the Conservatory.


Fall Bonsai Display

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Meet with members of the local bonsai club and learn all about this fascinating hobby! Familiar trees, at a fraction of their size, will have you captivated when strolling through a miniature forest. You might even go home with your very own bonsai, as young plants and pots are available for purchase. Receive special discounted admission to the Conservatory gardens and bonsai display: $3/adult; $2/child; free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.



Bonsai ~ The Art and Science of Illusion

Bonsai pronounced bonsai (bone-sigh), is the technique of creating an illusion; using cultivation practices like pruning, wiring, root reduction, defoliation (removing all of the leaves), potting and perhaps grafting.  The illusion being attempted is that of a large, natural looking tree that has been captured and planted in a small container. (A tree (bon) in a tray/pot (sai)) It can be grown from seeds, plant cuttings, purchased in a nursery pot, or collected from the yard, hillside or field.

Bonsai is both a science (horticulture) and an art (sculpting).  Perhaps that is why it appeals to so many people.  Whether they become interested because of the mystique of a tree, or they want to challenge themselves with a new form of growing things, the bonsai tree tends to draw people in. 

Thanks to the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club for the information they shared on Bonsai.   



The Joy of Bonsai:

  • transforming the usual into the unusual
  • learning from nature and developing a philosophy of life
  • learning patience
  • watching a dream or vision come into being
  • watching your tree grow and take shape
  • learning the needs of each of the different species of tree
  • keeping your own tree alive and thriving from year to year

    For additional information on Bonsai, check out the following:



Upcoming Events

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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

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm
Closed:New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free