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VOLUNTEERS

We heartf Our Volunteers!
Our volunteers’ dedication and passion is amazing…and inspiring.

All volunteer contributions of all ages and experience are welcome. (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Got a group? Master Gardener’s, Girl or Boy Scout Troops, church or corporate groups welcome! Check out some of things we need here. When you volunteer at the Gardens, you:

  • Help others understand the transformative power of nature in our lives
  • Have the deep satisfaction that you help make our community a stronger and more beautiful place.
  • Engage new friends, learn new skills and share your knowledge!
  • Have fun!

Volunteer Opportunities: Take a look at what we have available!

Fill Out Online Volunteer Interest Form

Print and Mail Volunteer Interest Form

Get Dirty, Stay Clean or In Between
Whether you want to get your hands in the dirt, or stay clean and help out in our office, or a little of both, we have lots of things to do in the gardens and office. Tasks are at the Conservatory, unless otherwise noted.

We need volunteers of all skill levels!

Group Volunteer Days

When: Variable, call and we can arrange

What: Got a group of people for one day that want to improve the community? Give us a shout and we’ll arrange for a day of planting, weeding, clean-up, trail maintenance, plant labeling, bulb-planting, tree planting, spreading mulch, or working a special event!

Special Event Volunteers

Terry Lower and Edye Evans Hyde

When: Varies

Where: Conservatory, or other venues where we have events, outreach

What: Handing out fliers, guest assistance, registration, ticket taking, set-up/take-down decorations, set-up/takedown of chairs, tables, tents; pricing, greeting, handing out programs, selling raffle tickets, etc

Annual Plant Sale

When: Fall/Spring various, Sale is Sat/Sun Mother’s Day weekend. 10-4 p.m.

Where: At the Gardens, and other sites

What: Help make our Annual Plant Sale a success! Help with plant ID, labeling, pricing, making signs, flyering, assist on Plant Sale days with check out, customer assistance, set up, cleanup. Dig and pot up plants in Fall and Spring.

Greeters

When: 2 hours a week, May -October

What: TCBG greeters are the goodwill ambassadors at the Gardens, welcoming guests, recording the number of visitors during shift, answering basic questions, providing information and encouraging feedback from our guests.

Garden Groomers

When: 1-2 hours a week, May-October

What: Be part of an illustrious team responsible for maintaining the health and beauty of the gardens. Groomers water, weed, deadhead, prune, replace plants as necessary. You can pick from a variety of areas: Conservatory, Terrace, Knot Gardens, Side Beds, Front Beds, Woodland Garden, Hornbeam Allee, Roses. Work singly or in a group.

Tour Guides

Guide children or adults through the grounds: Conservatory, front gardens, pavilion garden and woodland area experience. You should be comfortable interacting with the public and speaking to small groups. Training will be provided and a mentor will be on hand during the first docent guided tours.

Garden Clean Up and Prep Days

When: April 2, April 8,  May 12, 13-14, Oct. 15, Nov. 5

What: These events are 4 hour time-frames, but you can come for an hour or two, or all four. Tasks could include garden clean-up, pruning, trash pickup, dividing/cutting back perennials, annual removal, sweeping terrace, moving and arranging containers, etc.

Holiday Lights

When: March and late Oct/Nov.

What: .In March, we’ll spend a few hours to remove the lights, roll them, and place in inventory. In October, we’ll be indoors for 2-3 hours, as we prep lights, wreaths and trim for the November lighting. In November, we’ll string lights and decorate our larger containers with evergreens, seasonal branches, etc. Hot chocolate, cider and donuts, too!

Do You Have A Mad Special Talent? We could use your help, too!

Arborist

Tree lover wanted to assist in strategy to identify valuable trees on seven-acre site, develop and implement management plan for them to grow and thrive.

Bookkeeping

When: Twice a month, 1-2 hours at the TCF Office

What: Data entry and bookkeeping tasks. Knowledge of accounting principals and Quickbooks for Non-Profits required.

Graphic Designer
Photographer

Looking for an experienced photographer to help us document our special events, classes and activities in the Gardens. We’ll give you tons of accolades as well as photo credit.

Public Relations

Looking for a PR professional who would like help us with our public relations strategy.

Horticulture Assistant

Are you a detail oriented, hands-on person with a passion for plants? Assist with design and maintenance of annual and perennial displays, garden tasks. Help assess condition of beds, plants, trees and shrubs, labeling, interpretive signage.

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It’s easy to make a difference. We are happy to help match your talents to our needs…and believe me, there are plenty! There is no “typical” timeframe — you may want to volunteer daily, weekly, monthly, or on special projects only. Thank you for considering volunteering and we hope to hear from you soon!

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Got a question or need more info? Check out our FAQs or contact Louise Doute, Director and Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@taylorconservatory.org.

Call or Write: Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Box 1903 Taylor, MI 48180 888-383-4108