Frequently asked questions

Green Team


  • Join a delightful group of dedicated volunteers who assist garden staff with collections maintenance- weeding, raking and mulching- on a regular basis. No experience necessary.
  • Requirements - Energetic, positive attitude, interest in physical activity. Able to follow instructions and collaborate with fellow volunteer.




Docents: Tours & Interpretation Stations


  • Join a community of lifelong learners and plant lovers! Docents lead visitors on 75-90 minute walking tours. Requirements – Attend docent training. Submit to a background check. Commit to leading 20 tours per year. Participate in continuing education opportunities. Trainings for new docents are offered in spring. The Spring 2021 training is full. Subscribe to the Leaflet, the Garden's e-newsletter for updates on future trainings.




Special Event Volunteers


  • Volunteers are essential for hosting special events in the Garden, assisting as greeters, check-in volunteers, set-up and breakdown, food service, and more. Requests for support and signup opportunities will be shared via email and posted here.
  • Requirements – Friendly, flexible, able to assist on evenings and weekends




Plant Detective


  • Teams of Plant Detectives (2-3 people) work with horticulture and plant collections staff to document plant locations, verify accuracy of plant information, and take photo documentation of the plants.
  • Requirements – Must be able to bend/kneel/squat in tight planting spaces and be able to nimbly walk into garden. Will use a smartphone or tablet to document plants. Meets weekly, 10am-2pm. Weekdays only.




Youth Education- Children's Walk Guide


  • Volunteer guides lead groups of 6 to 8 elementary age students and chaperones on a walk in the Garden. Walks are given year round, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-12pm.
  • Requirements – Complete Children's Guide training. Submit to a background check. Commit to leading at least 20 walks per year. Participate in continuing education opportunities.




Library Volunteer


  • Welcome visitors from around the world to our horticultural library. Library volunteers answer visitor questions and assist library staff with processing and maintenance of library collections.
  • Requirements: Weekly or biweekly shifts of 10am-1pm and 1-4pm, for a minimum of 6 months.




Bookstore


  • The bookstore volunteer is expected to welcome visitors in a friendly manner and assist customers in order to facilitate the sales of books, gift items and plants. Training provided.
  • Requirements: Regular shifts of 10am-1pm and 1-4pm, for a minimum of 6 months.