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The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is a magnificent indoor garden located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is literally an oasis in the bustling downtown region.

The conservatory showcases some of the finest specimens of plants and orchids found on this planet. The displays are arranged in various sections, depending on their origin and variety.

In 1979, the foundation for the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory was laid down in a multi-party agreement between the Redevelopment Commission, Park Board, Park Foundation, the Foellinger Foundation, and the Freimann Charitable Trust. The conservatory was inaugurated in 1983. Since then, it has been a must-see site for visitors to Fort Wayne.

The conservatory blends the finer aspects of education and recreation, presenting the exotic and vivid plant life in its full splendor. Each of the sections conforms to different temperate zones of the earth.

The Tropical House, as the name suggests, elucidates the beauty of the tropical forest. The orchids and palms are complemented by a waterfall in the background.

The desert life is highlighted in the Arid House. Here, the Sonoran Desert is recreated using its native cacti and desert plants.

Apart from the permanent displays, there is the Showcase House, where the plants are rotated seasonally. On average, about 40 varieties of annuals are displayed in this section.

Additionally, there are outdoor displays called Streetside, Beverforden, the Terrace, and the Exploration Gardens. Some of the featured exhibits include the Discovery Gallery, the Marketplace, and the Underground.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is a place in Indiana for all ages with its wide variety of floral specimens. The sights and smells provide a perfect setting for refreshing the senses and unwinding oneself.

The experience can be brought back home through botanically inspired gifts, cards, and clothing, which are available at the conservatory’s gift shop.

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