Learn about plants while helping the oldest horticultural society in the country care for its beautiful gardens! Our volunteers work with horticulturists to propagate, plant, prune, weed, mulch, rake, and water. Your help is vital to the success of the gardens. No experience necessary - we provide on-site orientation and training. It's a fun way to learn through service, meet new people and care for our environment.
Many of our winter garden volunteer opportunities focus on supporting our Seed to Table Program. Tasks include working on our Seed Library (seed cleaning and packaging), organizing seeds and planting material, making signs and labels for the gardens (all gardens, not just Seed to Table), and planning for next year. Most work will be indoors at the Putnam building. On nice days during the winter, though, we will work outside in the vegetable garden, continuing to prepare for spring. We will either work indoors or outdoors, but not both. We will also be making some value-added products from plants harvested in the garden (such as packaging tea and culinary herbs, making some lip balm and hand salves, etc.) Projects for other gardens will include preparing labels and other signage, which entails learning about plant nomenclature. There is a LOT to learn from working with us through the winter to help get the gardens ready for next season!
So, how can you help?
1. Sign up for a shift below. You will receive email reminders and notifications about your shift. As a courtesy to staff and others that may wish to sign up, please notify us (through Sign Up Genius or by phone) of any cancellations 24 hours prior to your shift.
2. Complete the Application and Release Form attached below and return it to [email protected] or bring it with you on your volunteer day.
3. Bring water, and if the weather calls for it, a hat and sunscreen. Wear closed-toe, sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. Please bring gardening gloves, pruners and trowel, if you have them. If you have/need a kneeling pad, please feel free to bring it.
4. Attached are directions to the gardens and a garden map. In the winter, please park at and meet Hannah Traggis in the Putnam Building at the start of your shift. To get to the Putnam building, enter the Elm Bank Reservation on Cheney Drive, crossing the bridge and veering right on the one-way road. Follow the road past all parking lots and soccer fields until the road comes to an end at the stop sign. Take a left at the stop sign and continue past the Mass Hort parking lot, keeping to the right, and the Putnam Building will be on the right after the greenhouses.
5. Have fun! Thank you for beautifying the gardens and for donating your time to support our mission!
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Rodrigues, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at [email protected] or 617-933-4934 or 781-408-9174 (cell).
|| Amy Rodrigues