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.

 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.

apple printed postcard PlantMaker Studio October - November

PlantMaker Studio 

Apple Family Tree Challenge

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

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

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Member Perk!

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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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 steps, 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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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
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       Ages 7-11 Day Camps

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

Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
       Seasonal Holiday
Photography Classes
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes

       Book Club
Nature Appreciation
       Signature Guided Walks
Nature-Based Therapeutics

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