Let's Talk Plants™ is a project of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. 
PlantMaker Studio  FREE!
Saturdays & Sundays, year round
Drop-in anytime Noon - 4 p.m.

Learning Center
FREE with gate admission 

The Plant-Maker Studio offers "make a plant" experiences for all ages. Our technology-loaded lives can leave anyone eager to dig into nature and get their hands on plants. Studio activities, staffed by trained volunteers, will feature specific plants and take-homes for participants. Learn how to start cuttings, plant seeds, print leaves, weave fibers and more. Supplies provided.

Now Featuring:
Spicy Gingerbread
Saturdays and Sundays
December 3 - January 29
Learning Center
Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 

What's that mouth-watering aroma? It's fragrant holiday spices and fresh baked gingerbread! Everyone's invited to put on an apron to make, decorate, and of course taste gingerbread cookies. Search the tropical greenhouse for a host of spice plants while they bake. Discover cultural traditions that link various spices with winter holiday meals. Zoom in for a microscopic look at their fruits, roots, flowers, and stems.

Tiny Gingerbread House Recipe

Pomanders & Dough Ornaments

Coming Soon

February - March
Plant It, Take It
You can start a new plant to take home, simply from pieces of leaves and stems. Become a plant propagator and grow your green thumb. Get a close-up look at leaves through a microscope, the place where plants turn energy from the sun into sugars that will fuel the growth of new roots for your cuttings. Treat any winter-weary spirits to a welcome dose of lush greenery in the "please-touch" greenhouse.

April - May
Tomato Time
Roll up your sleeves, select your favorite varieties, and plant tomato seeds for your garden!  Discover new containers and planting ideas to succeed in growing your own tomatoes at home. Get ideas for supporting plants that are heavy with delicious harvest. Visit the worm bin and put together a worm casting compost tea bag to feed your tomatoes and encourage a bumper crop of flavorful fruit!

June - July
Tiny Tree Houses
Let trees offer inspiration as you make a tiny tree house perfect for fairies, elves, and pixies! Nature will provide the building materials - cones, acorns, bark, leaves, and twigs. Let the Arboretum team help you discover your creative spirit and make a mini masterpiece to take home with you. While you're at it, get advice on which tree would best suit your yard, and learn how to help it thrive.

August - September
Artist-Tree
Discover how to create colorful, non-toxic, natural dyes from trees and flowers! Mix and play with plant pigments as you dip and dye fiber. Use branches to form a natural loom and weave your own colorful, take-home memento embellished with flowers, grasses, and leaves.

 

Let's Talk Plants Q&A FREE!
at the Yard & Garden Desk

Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays year round

Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall
Free with gate admission 

Master Gardener volunteers staff the Yard & Garden desk, answer gardening questions and provide sustainable gardening information. Before heading outside to the gardens, stop by to find out the best places to see plants at peak bloom and beauty! 

 

Please come back and visit us Summer 2017 for programs listed below!

Garden Fun Stops FREE!
June through September 2017

FREE with gate admission

Friendly volunteers await visitors of all ages in the Arboretum gardens on summer weekends, ready to talk about plants and nature with a warm welcome, free activities and helpful garden tips! Ask at the Visitor Center Information Desk for details, times, locations and directions.

Rx Tree Time
Tuesdays and Saturdays
drop-in between 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Snyder Terrace Gardens
Depending on the season, we'll recommend favorite Arboretum spots to spend some time with the trees. Get Nature-Based Therapeutics-inspired tips on maximizing their rejuvenating power to help you feel your best. Print a muslin strip with tree imagery to take home as a memento of your visit.

Pollinator Watcher
Saturdays and Sundays
drop-in between 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Bee Center
Join the Arboretum and Extension Master Gardener greeters to observe pollinators and help determine which plants they pick as their feeding favorites each week this summer. Build a bee stem nest and collect ideas to add nourishing flowers for pollinators to your own yard.

 

Nature Play for Wee Ones FREE!
June - September
FREE with Arboretum admission

Unhurried outside play helps children grow stronger, healthier and happier. Bring your favorite young ones to the Green Play Yard for free easy activities you can participate in together--both at the Arboretum and at home. Make time to pretend, wonder, create, and feel connected to nature! Drop-in activities are for ages 5 and under with their adults and all supplies are included.

June - July
Saturdays, drop-in between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center
Dirty Fingers
Dig, sculpt, stomp, sift, sort, stir up and explore the earthy possibilities of the ground beneath your feet.


August - September
Saturdays, drop-in between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center
Water Wonderful 
Swish, scoop, pour, and explore the wet wonders of water in the Green Play Yard!

 

Guided Walking Tours FREE!
May 5 - October 8
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Meet in the Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
FREE with gate admission 

See and learn more about the Arboretum during an informative tour led by an experienced Arboretum Docent! Based on seasonal highlights, each 60-minute guided tour will visit different gardens at their glorious peak bloom to pick up gardening ideas and reconnect with nature's serene beauty. No two tours are the same...return again and again to enjoy how the highlights change through the seasons of spring, summer and fall.
Free with Arboretum admission, no registration needed!