Free Family Fun
at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

Activities for all ages


Let's Talk Plants
is a project of the 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the
Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Plant-Maker's Studio Let's Talk Plants flower pot with assorted toolsPlantMaker 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:

Milkweed for Monarchs
Saturdays and Sundays
August 6 - September 25
Learning Center
Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 


What plants belong to the amazing milkweed family? Pay a visit to the garden to meet these monarch butterfly partners, which are so essential that in all the plant kingdom only milkweeds can provide food for monarch caterpillars! Create handmade paper sprinkled with milkweed seeds to plant in your own butterfly garden at home. Check our butterfly boxes to see whether any new butterflies have emerged.

 

 

Coming Soon

October 1 -November 27
Apple Harvest

For over a hundred years University of Minnesota researchers have worked to develop winter hardy, flavorful apples for Minnesota. Discover why it takes 20 years for a new variety to reach the market. Sample a bite of one of their current apple prospects. Enjoy a display of apple folk art and create an apple print to take home.

December 3- January 29
Spicy Gingerbread
 
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.

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 .

  Garden Demonstrations FREE!
Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
June - September
Drop-in anytime Noon - 2 p.m.

Arboretum Teaching Garden & Kitchen Herb Garden
FREE with gate admission

Join us in the garden for a short ten minute garden demonstration with sensory appeal and take home information. See schedule for specific topics and garden locations, ask at the Visitor Center information desk for details and directions to the demonstrations.

Now Featuring:

Live Insect Safari 
Saturdays and Wednesdays
June 15 - Sept 30
Teaching Garden location
Drop-in anytime between Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Come on an insect safari with us to see what bugs are in the garden. Peer through a hand lens and watch insects laying eggs, chewing leaves, gathering pollen, slurping nectar, or hunting. Borrow a net and bug box for a close encounter with a live garden insect and see for yourself whether pollinators play favorites with flowers.


Energize with Herbs

Sundays
June 15 - Sept 30
Kitchen Herb Garden location
Drop-in anytime between Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Delight your senses as you inhale the fragrance of many different herbs used for their fragrance and flavor for millennia. Inspect a few closely to detect the source of their flavors and aromas. Explore the kitchen herb garden and learn how you can start growing your own herbs at home.

 

Let's Talk Plants
Welcome Stations 
FREE!
Tuesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays
May through mid-October
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center Entrance Plaza
FREE with gate admission

Arboretum Docent Guides work in pairs to greet and help visitors plan a visit to match their interests. Stop by for a 25 minute long "starter tour" of the Arboretum!