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Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer-logoThe Garden depends on the family of volunteers it has been nurturing since its establishment. With the growth of the Garden, our family needs to grow as well! We have volunteer opportunities in several different departments, offering a variety of fun Garden experiences. Volunteer hours are great for the community and the Garden, they are fabulous for a resume, and we offer relationships that can last a lifetime. Please review our openings below and contact Cookie Adams, our Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like more information or to sign up!

Updated 9/15/17

Guest Center

Admissions Desk, Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Thursdays, Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM
1 person per shift, Admission Check-in

Shoppe at the Garden, Wednesday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Every other Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM; Monday and Thursday evenings 5:00 – 7:00 PM
1 counter person each day

Greeter in Guest Center Atrium, Two shifts available: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:00 PM-2:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday; 1 volunteer per shift

Table in the Garden – Assist in service of food and beverages, clean tables, transfer food to Garden venues for events (when needed).  Complimentary lunch provided.


What’s Growing On Project – Do you like walking the Garden to see what’s blooming and want to learn more about these plants?  We need a volunteer to come weekly or bi-weekly beginning July 24 to cut samples of blooming plant material and create brief informative displays for a kiosk to be located in the Atrium of the Guest Center.  Schedule is flexible with minimal training required.  Responsibilities include cutting plant material from around the Garden, making floral displays, gathering information about the plants on display, and printing brief information cards for the display.  Please make an appointment with Niki Sothers 256-830-4447 ext. 240 or Carol Lambdin ext. 287 if you are interested in helping.

Fern Glade, Wednesdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Volunteers to rake pathways, clip and groom ferns, or pull weeds in the fern beds.  No experience necessary!  On Wednesdays meet in the Fern Glade at the Gazebo.  Contact Susan McDonald 256-457-5812 ( or Sara Little 256-533-9548 (


Information Kiosk — 1 volunteer needed every other day to help stock and maintain marketing materials in the Guest Center and Purdy Butterfly House.  Flexible Schedule.

Special Events

Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes, October 20, 21, 24 and 26, 6:00 PM
4 Learn about Scarecrow Trail and assist with hike each night
2 Check-in each night
1 Assist with food and beverages each night
1 Wear tree costume each night
1 Wear scarecrow costume each night
1 Wear costume each night

Bootanica, Saturday, October 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Children’s Garden
8 Face painters
6 Crafts
4 Pumpkin patch; 3 to arrange pumpkins
2 Snacks
2 Greeters
4 Membership Kiosk
3 Hayride assistants


Tree ID Class, September 24 and October 1, 8, and 15, 12:30-2:30 PM
1 volunteer to manage check-in, take payment, distribute handouts

Madison Street Festival, Saturday, October 7, 12:00-5:00 pm
HBG table in the Children’s Activity Tent at the Madison Street Festival
4 Volunteers Crafts

FALL Plant Sale Children’s Crafts, Friday, October 6 and Saturday October 7, 8:30 am -12:30 pm
One craft table will be set-up and we need three people at the table both days.
3-6 Volunteers.

An Evening for Educators, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:30-7:00 pm, Carriage House
2 Volunteers Help set-up wine and cheese bar
1 Volunteer Check-in

A Family Friendly History of the Winter Solstice Yule Tree, Sunday, November 19, 1-3pm, Carriage House
3 Volunteers Craft
1 Volunteer Check-in

Holiday Decorating ideas from Colonial Williamsburg, Saturday, December 2, 2-4pm, Anderson Nature Center
Manage check-in, take payment, support the instructor by passing out handouts.  Turn off electronic equipment when program is over.  Leave supplies in designated tote in classroom.
2 Assistant Instructors

Docent- Art at the Garden Art Exhibits– Artwork by: Anita Hoodless, Herb Lewis, Johanna Littleton, Cal Breed, Robert Taylor and Staff
Lead a tour browsing exhibits currently on view in the halls of the Guest Center and throughout   the Garden itself including displays of watercolors, acrylics, photography, sculptures and more.

Children’s Field Trip Docent — Share your love and knowledge of the Garden with school groups from Pre-K to 12th grade.  Help director of education and children’s education manager greet and direct field trip groups through the new Guest Center.

Festival Volunteering Opportunities

Purdy Butterfly House, Sunday May 1, 2017 – Friday September 30, 2017
Scarecrow Trail, Thursday September 1, 2017 – Monday October 31, 2017
Galaxy of Lights, Friday November 11, 2017 – Saturday December 31, 2017

On Going Opportunities

Special Events

The Garden’s special events are critical to our success, helping to increase funding while raising public awareness of the programs and activities of the Garden.  Spring and Fall Plant Sale, Bunny Bonanza, Scarecrow Trail, Bootanica, and Galaxy of Lights are just a few of the events that require a large team of volunteers to help the events run smoothly and efficiently. Assignments include event preparation, greeting guests, assisting with activities and games, serving refreshments, and clean up. This area has the most volunteer flexibility, and adults and teens are invited to get involved.

Like any busy office, the Garden always needs organized individuals for administrative support. From database entry to preparation of large mailings, there are always routine office tasks for an additional pair of hands!

Learn more about the Garden and its unique environment and share that knowledge by leading visiting groups of all ages. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator regarding the next scheduled training session.

Guest Center/Shoppe at the Garden
This volunteer serves as initial greeter at the front desk, welcomes visitors, collects
admission and presents information about the Garden—all while providing exceptional customer service. Assisting guests with merchandise and sales in Shoppe at the Garden and answering phones are other necessary and fun duties. Training is required.

Education Assistant
Assist in preparation, planning and executing educational programs and events for children and adults under direction of the Education staff. School group guide, summer camp supervisor and Butterfly House assistant are examples of a variety of roles to help the Garden fulfill its education mission.

Shuttle Driver
Attend a two hour training session and become a shuttle driver. Give guests a ride through the Garden on a golf cart while sharing information about its history.

Facility Rental
Assist staff with events in the Garden’s rental facilities, such as weddings, corporate meetings, and party planning.

Gardening Assistant
Under direction of the Horticulture staff, participate in day-to-day activities from planting, landscaping, weeding, watering and mulching to other grounds maintenance and expansion projects. If you like hands-on experience in pruning, native plants, perennials, annuals and even weeds, become a gardening volunteer.

Please contact Cookie Adams, the Garden Volunteer Coordinator, if you are interested in any of the positions available or if you would like more information about volunteering at the Garden!

Cookie Adams | (256) 830 – 4447 ext 238 |

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