Garden Fun Stops



FREE with Arboretum 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.

Visitors enjoying a variety of blooms in the gardens, photo credit Mark MacLennan, APS

Garden Fun Stop
Parade of Blooms

DAYS Tuesdays and Saturdays, June - September 2019
TIME drop-in between 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LOCATION Morgan Terrace (behind the Snyder Building)
FREE with gate admission

Immerse yourself in the colors of summer! Learn how gardeners at the Arboretum select bloom combinations and try creating your own color palette. Cast your vote for your favorite flower color. Then let the Arboretum Guides help direct you to the best place to see the Arboretum's seasonal parade of colors today.

varieties of honey to taste-test, photo credit id-art/Shutterstock

Garden Fun Stop
Treats from the Hive

DAYS Saturdays and Sundays, June - September 2019
TIME drop-in between 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
FREE with gate admission

Put your taste buds to the test as you try honey from different flowers. Which flavor do you like best? Find out which kinds of flowers different pollinators prefer and investigate other bee-related products made from honey, beeswax, and more with the help of the Arboretum Guides.

 welcome station kiosk staffed by volunteer Garden Fun Stop
Welcome Station

DAYS Sundays, June - September 2019
TIME drop-in between 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LOCATION Visitor Center Front Plaza
FREE with gate admission

Find knowledgeable volunteer Arboretum Guides at a kiosk in front of the Visitor Center eager to help you make the most of your visit. Stop by to find out what is in bloom today, where to find free activities, and other highlights. Volunteers can also guide you toward the gardens with a short starter tour.

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Program Quick Links

          PlantMaker Studio
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Youth+Adult Together Programs
       Ages 3-5 with adult
       Ages 5-12 with adult
      Homeschool Days

Gardening & Horticulture Classes
Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
Floral & Botanical Crafts
      Schoolyard Gardens Conference
       Pollinators - Misc

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       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
       Edible Gardening
       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day

       Book Club
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       Signature Guided Walks
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