Want to work in a big garden? Volunteer at Botanical Gardens

volunteers in garden bed at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

If you love to garden but don’t have as much space to work in as you would like, consider volunteering at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens is looking for volunteers to help out in many ways, including horticulture. A volunteer orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo

The orientation is free.

Register online or contact Karen Hammer, Program and Volunteer coordinator, at khammer@buffalogardens.com or 716-827-1584, ext. 207.

Horticulture volunteers

Horticulture volunteers work inside and outside the conservatory on many different projects. Horticulture volunteers help create aspects of different exhibits, set up horticulture displays for the entire community to enjoy, re-pot plants from the collection, care for specific areas or plant collections, weed, water and and take on many other tasks. You’ll receive training.

Individuals with a handy nature, carpentry or electrical skills, an eye for general maintenance, engineering or construction backgrounds are enthusiastically welcomed, too.

Other volunteers

  • Administrative support volunteers assist the staff with general office work, data entry and more.
  • Guest services and gift shop volunteers are considered the Botanical Gardens’ Welcome Wagon. They are trained to work at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop.
  • Weddings and special events volunteers assist staff with executing very special moments for Botanical Gardens’ clients. Volunteers help welcome guests, arrange décor, and enhance personal touches to ensure the event is extraordinary. Volunteers also help to keep the groom out of sight until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle. Weddings and special events volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of very special occasions.

Internships

Internships in horticulture, marketing, guest services, development, education and events are also available all year-round.

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