PlantMaker Studio

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FREE with Arboretum Admission

ALL AGES
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.


 roots and leaves to the underground, photo by Christopher Sessums/Flickr
Christopher Sessums/Flickr

June - July

PlantMaker Studio 

Into The Underground
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays June through July
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION Learning Center
FREE with gate admission

Beneath your feet is a world full of plant roots and their partners at work. Create art modeled on the intricate lace-like patterns of plant roots in the rich color palette of earth tones. Learn about the essential partnerships between plants and fungi that are hidden underground and view them at work. Then, take a walk along one of the Arboretum's many natural paths and look for above-ground hints of what lies below.


 boy with scented herb plants and scented play-dough

August - September

PlantMaker Studio 

The Power of Scent
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays August - September
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION Learning Center
FREE with gate admission

Relaxed, energized, happy? Tune into how the smells of basil, lemon balm, and other herbs make you feel. Put your nose and fingers to the test as you explore herb gardens around the Learning Center and learn to tell them apart. Select your favorite colors and scents as you mix up a relaxing satchel or some stress-reducing playdough.


apple printed postcard PlantMaker Studio October - November

PlantMaker Studio 

Apple Family Tree Challenge
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays October - November
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION Learning Center
FREE with gate admission

Does the apple fall far from the tree? Sample and compare a top Minnesota apple with one of its parent varieties. Do they share a family resemblance?
  • Challenge your tastebuds to an apple taste test!
  • Learn the stories of apple varieties developed by University of Minnesota fruit breeders
  • Print an apple postcard
  • Don't forget to stop by the Arboretum Apple House in October!

 rolling spiced cookies, photo RimmaBondarenko/shutterstock December - January

PlantMaker Studio 

Journey with Spices
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays December - January
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION Learning Center
FREE with gate admission

Get tropical this winter with spices! Experience spices from around the world with all five of your senses.
  • Choose a spice to flavor your own fresh-baked gingerbread cookie
  • Learn what might have been on your spice shelf 500 years ago
  • Take a spice-seeking voyage around the Learning Center greenhouse
  • Discover why these plants are known as healthy winter warmers

children planting with soil and pots, photo SoNelly/shutterstock February - March

PlantMaker Studio 

Pot-a-Plant
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays February - March
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION Learning Center
FREE with gate admission

Many of our houseplants were once wild plants somewhere. How plants lead their lives in nature can give you clues about ways to multiply or divide them.
  • Practice your propagation skills by starting cuttings
  • Learn how to care for your new plant and take your plant home
  • Get inspired by the displays in the Learning Center greenhouse
  • Return to collect them all! Plant selections change every two weeks

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