May 27, 2021

Contact:    Rob Hines

                 P: 260-427-6028

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                 Public Information Officer

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening in June at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street:


“Color in Motion” Live Butterfly Exhibit

Open through 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 visitors to experiment with color magic during their visit. Sponsored by the Franklin Electric Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation, 97.3 WMEE and ABC 21 WPTA.

Color Craft Session

Thurs-Sat, June 17-19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Drop by for the last Color Craft Session as part of the “Color in Motion” live butterfly exhibit. This month’s topic is plantable colors with an extra chance to explore a world of color through various activities, crafts and demonstrations. Included with regular Conservatory admission. No registration required.


$1 Night Insight: Pollinator Plants

Thursday, June 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

On the first Thursday night of the month, receive discounted admission of just $1 per person and even take advantage of free parking! Also, be sure to drop in on the DNI: $1 Night Insight for a fun themed activity from 6-7 p.m. No registration required. Learn about the important role of pollinator plants and what types of plants are most pollinator friendly. Go pollinators!

Wonderful World of Insects – Virtual Zoom Session

Registration deadline: June 9

Wednesday, June 16, 9-9:45 a.m.

Session Fee: $12

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.

National Pollinator Week

Tuesday-Saturday: June 22-26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learn all about our pollinator friends as we celebrate 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

June Plant Swap

Saturday, June 5, 10-11 a.m.

Free admission!

Bring home an abundance of new plants having brought at least one of your own to swap with fellow enthusiasts. It is recommended to label ahead of time and bring a box or bag for transporting home. Upon arrival, receive a number that is called in numerical order when it is your turn to pick from the assortment. Swaps are free; however, space is limited. Call (260) 427-6000 and mention code #327700-S1 to reserve your spot today!

Tai Chi - Skill Building

Tuesday, June 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration deadline: June 15

Session Fee: $9

Revive your energy levels with Tai Chi summer sessions for beginning to advanced students. Skilled instructor, Sandy Gebhard will help you discover the benefits of this gentle art form that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. At the end of each session and at their own leisure, students are welcome to take a meditative walk through the gardens. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable fitting shoes. Drop-ins are not accepted at this time. Ages 18+.