Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Help your garden grow with these local plant sales

Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 28, 2021

As gardeners are beginning to tend to their yards again, some upcoming events provide excellent opportunities to get some planting started. 

Native Plants for sale

On Saturday, May 8, the Creighton-Home Neighborhood Association hosts the Native Plant Sale and Rain­gardens Clean Up Day. 

Beginning at 11 a.m., visitors are invited to visit for free and pick up plants for their own garden as well as help the community tend to the three raingarden parks on South Wayne. 

More than 700 Varieties

The Botanical Conservatory is hosting its own online fundraiser with a Mother’s Day virtual plant sale featuring more than 700 varieties of plants. 

Orders can be placed from April 29-May 4 with curbside pickup May 7-9 and 13-16 at the Lawton Park Greenhouse. 

Plants with the Pros

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Master Gardener Program hosts Plant Sale with the Pros on May 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring indoor and outdoor plants. A master gardener will be on hand for any questions, big or small.

Jump Spark for your reading

Every year, devoted library patrons look forward to the Summer Reading Program. This year, Allen County Public Library added a spring twist to the mix. 

Jump SPARK provides a jump start to the summer program with a board game-inspired worksheet to mark off learning in five disciplines — Science, Play, Art, Reading, Knowledge. It’s a fun and interesting template for learning to supplement what has been a weird school year. The sheet can be picked up at all ACPL branch locations and can be accessed at

Mother’s Day in Downtown

Downtown Fort Wayne hosts another tribute to moms the weekend of May 8-9. Wander the streets and shops of downtown for window displays and retail therapy, and be sure to make reservations for a brunch with mom on Sunday. 

With two dozen options available, there are plenty of places to take that important person out for a celebration. Many restaurants and shops are running specials to make the day pocket-friendly, too. 

Visit for the full list.

From Tacos to Tequila

Cinco de Mayo is just a few short days away, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. The fourth annual Tacos, Tequila, and Margaritas Fest takes place at Headwaters Park on Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Margarita flights will allow you to try three different styles of margaritas for $10, as well as a tequila sampling where you can sample several varieties. 

To accommodate attendees while following CDC guidelines, social distancing is required with tables spaced apart at the park. Masks are appreciated while visitors are moving about the area. Also on hand will be taco vendors, dessert trucks, and live music.

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