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

Enhance your Arboretum Visit
FREE and Low-Cost Activities Schedule

Meet and interact with the friendly Arboretum team to deepen your experience!
Learn more about our connections with the living world and each other.
We look forward to meeting you!

MAY


PlantMaker Studio 
THEME: Tomato Time  
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays through May
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION 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 help you roll up your sleeves, select your favorite varieties, and plant tomato seeds NOW featuring seedlings to help you get a head start for your garden! Discover new containers and planting ideas to succeed in growing your own tomatoes at home. Get ideas for supporting plants that are heavy with delicious harvest. Visit the worm bin and put together a worm casting compost tea bag to feed your tomatoes and encourage a bumper crop of flavorful fruit!




Yard & Garden Desk: Q&A 
GARDENERS & HOMEOWNERS

DATES 
Saturdays and Sundays year round
TIME 
Drop-in between Noon - 4 p.m.
LOCATION 
Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall at the Yard & Garden Desk
FREE with gate admission 

Master Gardener volunteers staff the Yard & Garden desk, answer gardening questions and provide sustainable gardening information. Before heading outside to the gardens, stop by to find out the best places to see plants at peak bloom and beauty! 



Guided Walking Tour - 1 Hour
AGES Best for ages 12+

DAYS Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
          Saturdays at 1 p.m.
LOCATION Meet in the Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
FREE with gate admission, no registration needed!

See and learn more about the Arboretum during an informative tour led by an experienced Arboretum Docent! Based on seasonal highlights, each 60-minute guided tour will visit different gardens at their glorious peak bloom to pick up gardening ideas and reconnect with nature's serene beauty. No two tours are the same...return again and again to enjoy how the highlights change through the seasons of spring, summer and fall.




Tram Tour - 45 minutes
AGES Best for Ages 12+

DATES daily, see chart above
TIME multiple times each day, see chart above
LOCATION Same-day tickets available for purchase at Visitor Center Front Desk 
$5/person
A great introduction for first-time visitors, this guide-narrated tram tour highlights collections, display gardens and demonstration areas, offering insights into the Arboretum's fascinating history and research.

JUNE - JULY


PlantMaker Studio 
THEME: Tiny Treehouses
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays through July
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION 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 help to let trees offer inspiration as you make a tiny tree house perfect for fairies, elves, and pixies! Nature will provide the building materials - cones, acorns, bark, leaves, and twigs. Let the Arboretum team help you discover your creative spirit and make a mini masterpiece to take home with you. While you're at it, get advice on which tree would best suit your yard, and learn how to help it thrive.




Yard & Garden Desk: Q&A 
GARDENERS & HOMEOWNERS

DATES 
Saturdays and Sundays year round
TIME 
Drop-in between Noon - 4 p.m.
LOCATION 
Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall at the Yard & Garden Desk
FREE with gate admission 

Master Gardener volunteers staff the Yard & Garden desk, answer gardening questions and provide sustainable gardening information. Before heading outside to the gardens, stop by to find out the best places to see plants at peak bloom and beauty! 



Guided Walking Tour - 1 Hour
AGES Best for ages 12+

DAYS Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
          Saturdays at 1 p.m.
LOCATION Meet in the Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
FREE with gate admission, no registration needed!

See and learn more about the Arboretum during an informative tour led by an experienced Arboretum Docent! Based on seasonal highlights, each 60-minute guided tour will visit different gardens at their glorious peak bloom to pick up gardening ideas and reconnect with nature's serene beauty. No two tours are the same...return again and again to enjoy how the highlights change through the seasons of spring, summer and fall.




Tram Tour - 45 minutes
AGES Best for ages 12+

DATES daily, see chart above
TIME multiple times each day, see chart above
LOCATION Same-day tickets available for purchase at Visitor Center Front Desk 
$5/person

A great introduction for first-time visitors, this guide-narrated tram tour highlights collections, display gardens and demonstration areas, offering insights into the Arboretum's fascinating history and research.



Garden Fun Stop: The Healing Power of Trees
ALL AGES

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

Depending on the season, we'll recommend favorite Arboretum spots to spend some time with the trees. Get Nature-Based Therapeutics-inspired tips on maximizing their rejuvenating power to help you feel your best. Print a muslin strip with tree imagery to take home as a memento of your visit.



Garden Fun Stop: Pollinator Watcher
ALL AGES

DAYS Saturdays and Sundays
TIME drop-in between 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
LOCATION Bee Center
FREE with gate admission

Join the Arboretum and Extension Master Gardener greeters to observe pollinators and help determine which plants they pick as their feeding favorites each week this summer. Build a bee stem nest and collect ideas to add nourishing flowers for pollinators to your own yard.



Nature Play for Wee Ones
THEME Dirty Fingers
Dig, sculpt, stomp, sift, sort, stir up and explore the earthy possibilities of the ground beneath your feet.
AGES Up to 5, with adult

DATES Saturdays, June - July
TIME drop-in between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center
FREE with Arboretum admission

Unhurried outside play helps children grow stronger, healthier and happier. Bring your favorite young ones to the Green Play Yard for free easy activities you can participate in together--both at the Arboretum and at home. Make time to pretend, wonder, create, and feel connected to nature! Drop-in activities are for ages 5 and under with their adults and all supplies are included.




Amazing Bees! One-Hour Enrichment Experience
AGE 6 -10 year olds

DAY Fridays, June 16 through August 25
TIME 10:30 a.m. OR 1 p.m.
LOCATION Bee Center
$8 per student, pre-registration suggested
view details and register

The sweetest summer experience ever held at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center! Explore the world of the honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and more, and find out how they achieve their status as champion pollen movers. Without their work, our grocery stores and gardens would look sadly different. Search for bee diversity in the Bee Center's garden for pollinators, explore the pollinator exhibits, and get a taste of the honey bees' sweet treasure from the hive. 




Marvelous Minnesota Trees!  One-Hour Enrichment Experience
AGE 6 -10 year olds

DAY Fridays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, August 11
TIME 11 a.m. OR 1 p.m.
LOCATION Sensory Garden Program Shelter
$8 per student, pre-registration suggested
view details and register

Visit the Arboretum this summer and spend some time getting to know the trees in your Minnesota neighborhood! Observe and understand the life cycle of a tree, then practice using your science skills while exploring and sorting leaves in order to identify some of our native trees. Journey to visit a few of the most popular Minnesota trees on Arboretum grounds. Plant your own Minnesota tree seeds to take and grow at home!


AUGUST - SEPTEMBER


PlantMaker Studio 
THEME: Artist-Tree
ALL AGES

DATES Saturdays and Sundays through September
TIME Drop-in anytime between noon - 4:00 p.m. 
LOCATION 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 help you discover how to create colorful, non-toxic, natural dyes from trees and flowers! Mix and play with plant pigments as you dip and dye fiber. Use branches to form a natural loom and weave your own colorful, take-home memento embellished with flowers, grasses, and leaves.




Yard & Garden Desk: Q&A 
GARDENERS & HOMEOWNERS

DATES 
Saturdays and Sundays year round
TIME 
Drop-in between Noon - 4 p.m.
LOCATION 
Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall at the Yard & Garden Desk
FREE with gate admission 

Master Gardener volunteers staff the Yard & Garden desk, answer gardening questions and provide sustainable gardening information. Before heading outside to the gardens, stop by to find out the best places to see plants at peak bloom and beauty! 



Guided Walking Tour - 1 Hour
AGES Best for ages 12+

DAYS Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
          Saturdays at 1 p.m.
LOCATION Meet in the Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
FREE with gate admission, no registration needed!

See and learn more about the Arboretum during an informative tour led by an experienced Arboretum Docent! Based on seasonal highlights, each 60-minute guided tour will visit different gardens at their glorious peak bloom to pick up gardening ideas and reconnect with nature's serene beauty. No two tours are the same...return again and again to enjoy how the highlights change through the seasons of spring, summer and fall.




Tram Tour - 45 minutes
AGES Best for ages 12+

DATES daily, see chart above
TIME multiple times each day, see chart above
LOCATION Same-day tickets available for purchase at Visitor Center Front Desk 
$5/person

A great introduction for first-time visitors, this guide-narrated tram tour highlights collections, display gardens and demonstration areas, offering insights into the Arboretum's fascinating history and research.



Garden Fun Stop: The Healing Power of Trees
ALL AGES

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

Depending on the season, we'll recommend favorite Arboretum spots to spend some time with the trees. Get Nature-Based Therapeutics-inspired tips on maximizing their rejuvenating power to help you feel your best. Print a muslin strip with tree imagery to take home as a memento of your visit.



Garden Fun Stop: Pollinator Watcher
ALL AGES

DAYS Saturdays and Sundays
TIME drop-in between 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
LOCATION Bee Center
FREE with gate admission

Join the Arboretum and Extension Master Gardener greeters to observe pollinators and help determine which plants they pick as their feeding favorites each week this summer. Build a bee stem nest and collect ideas to add nourishing flowers for pollinators to your own yard.



Nature Play for Wee Ones
THEME Water Wonderful
Swish, scoop, pour, and explore the wet wonders of water in the Green Play Yard!
AGES Up to 5, with adult
FREE with gate admission

DATES Saturdays, August - September
TIME drop-in between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center

Unhurried outside play helps children grow stronger, healthier and happier. Bring your favorite young ones to the Green Play Yard for free easy activities you can participate in together--both at the Arboretum and at home. Make time to pretend, wonder, create, and feel connected to nature! Drop-in activities are for ages 5 and under with their adults and all supplies are included.




Amazing Bees! One-Hour Enrichment Experience
AGE 6 -10 year olds

DAY Fridays, June 16 through August 25
TIME 10:30 a.m. OR 1 p.m.
LOCATION Bee Center
$8 per student, pre-registration suggested
view details and register

The sweetest summer experience ever held at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center! Explore the world of the honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and more, and find out how they achieve their status as champion pollen movers. Without their work, our grocery stores and gardens would look sadly different. Search for bee diversity in the Bee Center's garden for pollinators, explore the pollinator exhibits, and get a taste of the honey bees' sweet treasure from the hive. 




Marvelous Minnesota Trees! One-Hour Enrichment Experience
AGE 6 -10 year olds

DAY Friday, August 11
TIME 11 a.m. OR 1 p.m.
LOCATION Sensory Garden Program Shelter
$8 per student, pre-registration suggested
view details and register

Visit the Arboretum this summer and spend some time getting to know the trees in your Minnesota neighborhood! Observe and understand the life cycle of a tree, then practice using your science skills while exploring and sorting leaves in order to identify some of our native trees. Journey to visit a few of the most popular Minnesota trees on Arboretum grounds. Plant your own Minnesota tree seeds to take and grow at home!