Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
PAINTING WITH PLANTS
Sunday, October 21
Plants come in a rainbow of colors! Create beautiful art using the natural designs and pigments of the garden. Concoct paints made from eggs, herbs, and spices.
NEW! THREE SISTERS
Saturday, November 3
Hear the story of the Three Sisters (corn, bean, & squash), create a delicious dried bean soup jar to enjoy at home and investigate why popcorn pops and taste the results!
Sunday, November 11
Birds and plants help each other survive—plants provide food and shelter for the birds, and birds help new plants grow! Discover where different birds live, learn what they eat, and create different kinds of bird feeders using plants.
Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 16
Plants help make delicious holiday treats—like gingerbread! Explore all the different plants and plant parts needed to make gingerbread. Take home a future ginger plant, decorate cookies, and mix up a batch of gingerbread to bake at home.
PAPERMAKING WITH PLANTS
Saturday, January 19
Plants help make products we use everyday—like paper. Learn the process of turning plants and old paper scraps into paper. Make sheets of textured, scented and colored handmade paper.
GUMBALLS & SUPERBALLS
Sunday, January 27
Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home.
Saturday, February 9
Examine the cacao tree, learn how bitter beans make delicious desserts, mix up an ancient Aztec chocolate, and take home chocolate mint and chocolate pepper plants.
NEW! RAINBOW GARDEN
Sunday, February 17
Rainbow gardens inspire artwork and attract colorful friends. Dissect a seed, create colorful seed art and create two brightly hued pollinators to remind you that spring is just around the corner!
Homemade Ice Cream
Sunday, March 3, and Saturday, March 23
Get an up close look at one of the world's tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream.
Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 14
Explore tiny critters like bees, crickets, and butterflies. Find out about the ways bugs help the plants in a garden. Create a scientific tool to help you study insects at home, experience how bugs see the world, and plant some flowers that butterflies love.