Activities & Events

Slayton Arboretum Schedule – 2014

For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator,, 517-607-2241.

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Saturday, September 6

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Seed Saving – Adult Program. Children 10 and up welcome with adult supervision.

This year, why not save some seeds from your garden to plant or trade for next year? Horticulturist Laurie Rosenberg will teach you simple ways to harvest and save seeds and get more plants for free!

We’ll also cover ways to trade seeds with others and prepare those seeds for planting the following year.
Meet at Barber House on Hillsdale Street.

Cost: $3 per person. Space is limited; sign up by September 2.

Saturday, September 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We Love Apples! - Children’s program

Apples and fall go together, but what makes these fruits so special? Discover the amazing apple—its many uses, the legends and lore, the science behind the growth of an apple, and the beauty and fun of this fruit. Activities include stories, games, crafts, and apple tasting! Ages 6-12 and ages 3-5 if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: $3 per child. No cost for the accompanying adult. Sign up by September 15.

Saturday, October 11
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Autumn in the Arb – Fun for the whole family

See the Arboretum decked out in its fall foliage finery! Hike the trails, explore the science lab, plant bulbs, go on an insect safari, and make a pine cone spider and yarn web to take home and decorate your room! Fun for the whole family. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Saturday, November 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reading the Landscape: What plants can tell us about where we live

Plants bear silent witness to the conditions through the years in the habitats where they are found. Enjoy a walk on the grounds of Slayton Arboretum and get to know some of the trees and shrubs in new ways. Learn their natural history and the stories they can tell us about the places they live. The walk will begin at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: Free. Ages 7 through adult.

Thursday, December 4
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Winter Lights Festival - Fun for the whole family!

The Barber House Children’s Garden will be illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a winter wonderland through which visitors can stroll. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for warming up inside, and you can make a natural ornament to take home. Poinsettias will be on sale for $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum.