Graycliff: Garden Education Series, volunteer opportunities

baptisia false indigo at Graycliff in Derby NY
Volunteers are needed to tend to the huge gardens at Graycliff. This plant is baptisia or false indigo. Photo courtesy Graycliff.

Graycliff, an architectural gem with historic gardens, will hold a series of gardening classes starting Saturday, March 25, at the Graycliff Estate, 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd., Derby.

Graycliff is also recruiting volunteers to help in the gardens. An information session and tour will be held Wednesday, March 29 at the Graycliff Estate.

The gardens at Graycliff were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with contributions from Ellen Biddle Shipman, pioneering landscape architect.

Garden Education Series

Led by Graycliff Head Gardener Emma Hahn, the new Garden Education Series is for home gardeners interested in learning how to manage and care for their various plants. Each session has a different focus, scheduled to make use of Graycliff’s historic gardens.

The sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Each session will run 60 to 90 minutes.

The schedule is:

The cost is $30 per gardener and $20 for Graycliff members. Space is limited to 15 participants per session.


Graycliff is looking for volunteers to help maintain the historic gardens and grounds.

An information session and tour for potential volunteers will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

Meet Graycliff’s volunteer coordinator and head gardener and learn about what it means to be a part of Graycliff’s “Green Team.”

This session is free, but registration is requested. Register here.

No experience is necessary, just an open mind and willingness to learn (and get dirty). The Green Team will provide you with the tools and training to feel comfortable in the gardens.

Volunteers will learn about the Frank Lloyd Wright and Ellen Biddle Shipman-designed landscape while having fun and helping the nonprofit. 

The Green Team meets regularly during morning and early afternoon hours on Wednesdays.

For more information, contact Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator Maddie Moore at or 716-947-9217. 

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