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.

 Butterfly and dragonfly crafts with sticks and string

April - May

PlantMaker Studio 

In Search of Spring

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

Think spring! Use willow branches to create your own butterfly and dragonfly creatures to keep you company while you wait for the real ones to return. Compare your observations of seasonal changes with people near and far. Learn about easy-to-spot signs of spring and take your new knowledge out into the gardens and your own neighborhood.

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

June - July

PlantMaker Studio 

Into The Underground

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

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.


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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.

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Program Quick Links

          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones
Garden Fun Stops
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours 
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

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

Summer Youth Programs
       Ages 6-12 Groups/Summer Field Trips
       Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
       Ages 5-7 Day Camps
       Ages 7-11 Day Camps
       Ages 11-14 Day Camps
       Special Access Experiences

Gardening & Horticulture Classes
      Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
Floral & Botanical Crafts
      Special Access Experiences
       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

Painting & Drawing
       Botanical Art
       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Willow Furniture
       Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
Home, Health & Beauty

       Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club
       Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
FEATURED Arboretum & Audobon: Birding Day
       Signature Guided Walks
Nature-Based Therapeutics

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