PlantMaker Studio  FREE!
Saturdays and Sundays year round
Drop-in anytime between 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:
  Plant-Maker's Studio Let's Talk Plants flower pot with assorted toolsSaturdays and Sundays
January 23 - March 27
drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 

Great Grains 
Grind grains, plant wheat, and bake a bite of whole grain goodness to taste. Explore the flavors and textures of ancient grains. Where in the world do people cultivate quinoa, chia, amaranth, and kamut? Discover how eating ancient grains is tasty and beneficial for your health.

   


 

Garden Demonstrations FREE!
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, June through September
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
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
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.



 


 

 

 

 


 

Coming Soon
 ...to PlantMaker Studio
April 2 - May 29
Budding Branches
Swelling buds bring a promise of spring. Find out what is inside buds: will they become leaves or flowers? Weave a willow twig craft of your choosing to take home with you. All materials will be provided.

June 4 - July 31

Basil: King of Herbs

So many kinds: lemon, lime,Thai, cinnamon, purple ruffles, holy basil and more! Plant a variety of basil you have never grown before to take home for your garden. Breathe in the aroma and look closely with a microscope to see the oils that produce a variety of flavors in basil cultivars.

August 6 - September 25

Milkweed for Monarchs

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.