PlantMaker Studio


FREE with Arboretum 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.

 rolling spiced cookies, photo RimmaBondarenko/shutterstock December - January

PlantMaker Studio 

Journey with Spices

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 


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

hands planting tomato seedlings, photo SerhiiKrot/shutterstock

April - May

PlantMaker Studio 

Tomato Time!

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

Tomatoes can be tasty summer treats, especially when they come from your own garden. Eliminate some of the challenges of growing your own by learning how to choose the best tomato for your garden.
  • Jumpstart spring by choosing a tomato seed to plant and take.
  • Learn the two main kinds of tomatoes and which one is right for you.
  • Explore the diversity of tomatoes!
  • Discover new containers and planting ideas to succeed in growing your own tomatoes at home.
  • Make-and-take a bookmark with care tips to remember what you've learned.

 planting supplies at the Farm at the Arb, photo showcake/Shutterstock June - September

PlantMaker Studio 

Summer at the Farm

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

The PlantMaker Studio offers themed "make a plant" experiences. Drop into the Farm to make your own planting project and for a "taste" of what's growing this season!

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.

Program Quick Links

        PlantMaker Studio
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Family Programs
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       TogetherTime ages 5-12 w/adult
      Homeschool Days

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       Ages 12-15 Counselor-in-Training
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Gardening & Horticulture Classes
FEATUREDGet Growing: Garden Workshop Day
FEATUREDGarden-to-Plate Workshop Day
Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
Floral & Botanical Crafts
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       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
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       Open Art Studio
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       Special Access Experiences
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       Dine with a Chef
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       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day
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       Book Club & Literature
       Healthy Living
Nature Appreciation
FEATUREDArboretum & Audubon: Bird Day
       Signature Guided Walks
Nature-Based Therapeutics

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