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Have an exciting workshop idea you would like to share with the community? The Foellinger- Freimann Botanical Conservatory is currently accepting class proposals for the upcoming season. Check out the Instructor link to learn more! 

Check out our list of classes below and/or check out the  Summer Fun Times for even more FUN! 

 

Spring Classes 

 

Spring Bonsai Show

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Stroll through a miniature forest of familiar trees and meet with members of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club who are happy to share all about this fascinating art form. An array of bonsai specimen and pots are available for cash-only purchase from the Bonsai Club. Show entry included with general admission.

 

Iris Flower Show

Sunday, May 22, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Enjoy the best of this year’s blooms and visit with the Northeast Indiana Iris Society, a local group of gardeners with a passion for growing Irises. These showy flowers are on display with stunning color and a range of species. Be sure to vote for your favorite! Show entry included with general admission.

 

Bee the Change

1st Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us on the first Thursday $1 Night of each month for a specially crafted activity to “bee the change” you wish to see in the world. Each monthly theme offers a positive spin reminding us of our self-worth and potential impact. Together, we can bring next level change by taking it to our community including the plants and animals! No registration is required.

May 5: Butterfly Cycles

  

Mother’s Day in the Garden

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, Public hours

Plan a special outing to the Botanical Conservatory where Moms get in FREE on Mother’s Day weekend. Drop by Conjure Coffee, browse the Conservatory Shop and admire lovely garden displays together. Also take advantage of a plant giveaway while supplies last! Sponsored by Majic 95.1 WAJI.

 

National Public Gardens Week

Friday-Saturday, May 10-14, Public hours

All are invited to explore diverse plant collections while touring indoor and outdoor destinations at the Botanical Conservatory. As part of Fort Wayne’s downtown revitalization efforts since 1983, our mission is to “provide a unique botanical venue for quality public education and enjoyment.” Visit during National Public Gardens Week to learn, celebrate and discover what there is to see and do at your local public garden! Regular admission fees apply. 

 

Spring Plant Swap

Meet fellow enthusiasts and bring home new plant babies having brought your own to swap; vegetables, annuals and houseplants are preferable this spring. Please label plants ahead of time and bring a carrier for transporting. Swaps are FREE, though space is limited. Call 427-6000 to reserve your spot today! Min. 10. Max. 45.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

227700-S1            6/4         Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/Free

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 

 

Build-A-Birdhouse

Using hand tools with safety as a priority, make and take a classic wooden birdhouse to give as a gift or display proudly at home. Bring a hammer if you have one! Guardians must stay with children for the duration of the workshop, however, do not need to register themselves. All materials are provided. Garden admission is also included. Ages 8+. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 9. Max. 19.

Code                    Date      Day            Time

227209-A1           5/22       Su           1-2 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22   Member/Volunteer: $19

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

 Summer Classes 

 

Breakfast with Butterflies

Reserve your spot for an exciting, new experience at the Botanical Conservatory! As a VIP guest, this special occasion includes a personalized visit with exotic butterflies, a craft and breakfast. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit and a beverage of your choice. You will also receive a souvenir and Painted Lady Butterfly Kit to continue the transformative fun at home. Children under two are free, however, their spot must be reserved at registration along with requests for high chairs or booster seats. Registration deadline: June 18. Min. 20. Max. 48.

Code                     Date      Day                 Time

327200-S1            6/25       Sa               9-10 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$30

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Spring Plant Swap

Meet fellow plant enthusiasts and bring home new plant babies having brought your own quality plants to swap; vegetables, annuals and houseplants are preferable this spring. Please label plants ahead of time and bring a carrier for transporting. Swaps are FREE, though space is limited. Call (260) 427-6000 to reserve your spot today! Min. 10. Max. 45.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

227700-S1            6/4         Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: FREE

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Iris Sale

Sunday, July 24, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Local Iris hobbyists return to the Botanical Conservatory for this special occasion where you can purchase rhizomes of their favorite varieties. Bring home various colors and types such as Siberian, bearded, crested and more. You will surely enjoy them for years to come in spring and early summer! Regular admission rates apply. Presented by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society.

 

Daylily Show

Saturday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

On the first Saturday of the Three Rivers Festival, come soak up a cheerful array of Daylilies as one of summer’s favorite flowers. Also, meet experienced gardeners and learn more about this durable garden perennial with its diverse forms and colors on display at the Botanical Conservatory. Some are even available for purchase! Regular admission rates apply. Presented by the Fort Wayne Daylily Society.

 

National Pollinator Week

Tuesday-Saturday, June 21-25, Public hours

Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week at the Botanical Conservatory! Get a thrill out of the Conservatory’s Live Butterfly Exhibit and Observation Bee Hive both having returned for another season. In addition, explore the amazing world of pollinators and learn too the importance of pollinators in our world. Regular admission rates apply.

 

Bee the Change

1st Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On the first Thursday of the month $1 Nights, take part in a specially crafted activity to “bee the change” you wish to see in the world. Each monthly theme offers a positive spin reminding us of our self-worth and potential impact. Together, we can bring next level change by taking it to our community including the plants and animals! No registration required.

June 2: Model Pollinators

July 7: Compost 101

August 4: Desert Living

 

Kokedama Workshop

Create a living planter that modernizes and adds a natural element to your living space. This design piece is inspired by the Japanese art of Kokedama, and it incorporates a desirable Echeveria plant that fits harmoniously in the palms of your hands. Learn care and maintenance in addition to what types of arrangements can be made at home. Such a perfect occasion to register together and also visit the gardens! Conservatory admission included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: June 9. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                   Date      Day                 Time              

327500-R1           6/16       Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22

Member or Volunteer Fee: $19

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Betta Bowl Workshop

Submerge your green thumb underwater when re-purposing a glass vessel as a home for your new freshwater fish and Marimo moss balls. Learn all about this fun and easy to care for pair! Bring your own large glass bowl or vase that can hold between 1-3 gallons of water. Aquatic plants, betta fish, decorative base and instruction will be provided. Individual garden admission is also included. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: August 13. Min. 10. Max. 18.

Code                     Date      Day                     Time              

327501-S1            8/20       Sa           10-11:30 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$27

Member or Volunteer Fee: $24

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Yoga in the Garden

Greet the day with an all-levels class that (de)stresses the restorative benefits of yoga. Also practice relaxing breathing techniques with certified instructor, Tiffany Holmes as she guides you through a gentle, calming sequence. Bring your own yoga mat. Class will be held outdoors in the shade, weather permitting. Conservatory admission also included. Ages 15+. Registration deadlines: June 4, July 2 and August 6. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day               Time

327401-S1            6/11       Sa           10-11 am

327401-S2            7/9         Sa           10-11 am

327401-S3            8/13       Sa           10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$19   Member/Volunteer: $16

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

 

Summer T’ai Chi

Revive your energy levels with T’ai Chi summer sessions that modify the Sun Style Form for beginning to advanced students. Take advantage of this opportunity to build upon your skills with experienced instructor, Sandy Gebhard who promotes the benefits of this gentle exercise that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable fitting shoes. Class will be held outdoors in the shade, weather permitting. Individual garden admission also included. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: August 2. Min. 12. Max. 20.

Code                     Dates                   Day               Time

327402-T1            8/9-8/30               T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$42 Member/Volunteer: $37

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 

 

Botanical Field Trip & Outreach

Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Botanical Conservatory is an ideal field trip destination for public, parochial, private and home school students. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. A minimum of 10 students is required to book a lab, though self-guided visit lessons are available for smaller groups. For more information, call (260) 427-6446 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

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Testimonials

Bonsai Workshop
Very nice instructors and the class was very interesting. Adam G.
I've always thought bonsai trees were very interesting. I never realized how intricate the caring process was, but I am excited to care for my tree. Kandice G.

Lacto-fermentation
Good introductory course for those contemplating starting Lacto fermentation. Theresa W.

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Centerpieces

Dennis Bowman did an excellent job instructing us and helping those of us in need. Elaine M.
Everyone was very helpful regardless of our (the participant) ability-helped us make a beautiful centerpiece! Nancy S.

Functional Gardening
Even more than I expected-land water and plant information-WIN, WIN, WIN-Abigail K.

Spring Arrangement
Always excellent. Mary Ann L.

Tai Chi
This is my second Tai Chi class and I thoroughly enjoy it!  It helps me with my balance, flexibility and posture.  Suzanne R.

Backyard Bluebirds
I work for Angel Corps. It is so wonderful to bring my client (who has a membership) to the workshops.  I believe it is our third one.  It is very stimulating for her and she enjoys it.  It is very rewarding for both of us.  Deb W.

Terra Cotta Turkeys
Had a great time! Deb W. and Joan C.



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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440

Hours:

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 

Admission:

Adults: $7 
Youth: (ages 3-17) $5 
Age 2 and under: Free
$1 Thursdays: 5 pm-8 pm
No admission fee for Café, Conservatory Shop or Sales Garden