Volunteering at the Botanic Garden

Volunteers play a vital role in extending the reach of what the Botanic Garden is able to present to the public. Volunteers lead tours through the greenhouses and gardens and staff our reception area and exhibition gallery. They develop thematic tours, provide hospitality for events such as the opening of the Spring Bulb Show, and assist with exhibitions. (Please note, however, that volunteers do not engage in any hands-on horticultural work.)

Volunteer training sessions are held only once a year in January for three days, followed by training tours and monthly meetings. Training includes a history of the Botanic Garden; tours of conservatories; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Lyman Plant House; and how to guide visitors and school groups.

In exchange for the training, volunteers are expected to participate for at least one full year, including attending the monthly meetings.

The next volunteer training session will be held January 18, 19, & 20, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration is required. If you are interested in attending the training, please submit an application.

 If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill out a volunteer application and contact Madelaine Zadik, Manager of Education and Outreach.