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Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Cookie Adams, Volunteer Coordinator, if you are interested in any of the positions available or if you would like more information about volunteering at the Garden!  256.830.4447 ext 238  |

Dogwood Café

The café is seeking volunteers to help on each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of December from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. This position requires: 1) a cashier (ring up the food and handle the money) and 2) organize plates as they come out of the kitchen and run the food. Complimentary lunch included. Contact Max Lane at if you would like to help.


Fern Glade: Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m., Weeding fern beds; help plant and prune when necessary. Contact Susan McDonald at for more information. 

Garden Grubbers: Tuesday mornings 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., flexible-Maintain the Nature Trail, support Holmes Trillium Trail, Bush Azalea Trail, and provide plants, trees and shrubs through propagation to the Garden and HBG plant sales. Contact Anna Bright or 256-506-9609 for more information. 


Children’s Field Trip Volunteer: Tour groups are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You may do one session or both.  Contact Misty Hertzig, Children’s Education Manager, 256-830-4447 ext 253 or

Guest Center

Admissions Desk & Shoppe at the Garden: Located in the Guest Center Atrium.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Shifts from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Greet guests; take admission, check-in members and sell memberships; share information about the Garden; answer incoming calls; handle gift shop sales. Full training provided. Contact Donna Parsons at

Garden Greeters: Guest Center Atrium. Volunteers needed for the following shifts: Monday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Become the face of the Garden as a Greeter and help our visitors feel welcome.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Galaxy of Lights Crew: Report to Galaxy Trailer Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Beginning in January come and help the Galaxy Crew take down and store displays for next year’s extravaganza! No technical expertise is required to do any of the jobs. We train everyone on-the-job and most jobs are done as a Team. For more information please contact Bob Hovde at

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