Today I received an email from our local Mobile Botanical Garden asking for volunteers. A plant sale is planned for October 21st through the 24th- this is one of their yearly fundraisers – and they need help setting up the sale, labeling the plants, carrying the plants out to the buyer’s cars, and so on.
The email made me think of all the people who don’t have their own garden who might enjoy working outdoors. You know the kind of person I’m talking about – remember Mr. Douglas from Green Acres and how he grew corn on his terrace? So many people today have opted to live in condos because they don’t want the responsibility of home ownership, especially that of taking care of a yard. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy being outdoors now and then.
Virtually every botanical garden needs volunteers. Running a botanical garden is a constant struggle against nature, especially weeds, and any help anyone is willing to give is always greatly appreciated.
The New York Botanical Garden makes a point of stating that their volunteers range in age from 14 to 80+ and that no special knowledge of gardening is required. Discounts in their cafes and shops are offered as perks.
At the Chicago Botanical Garden specialized training is required to do certain things; however, they will train you to do some duties. Some volunteers act as tour guides instead of working with plants.
The Botanical Garden in San Francisco is another one that makes a point of saying that no training is required to become a volunteer.
Just think: if these big city gardens are advertising a need for volunteers, don’t you think the smaller cities also need volunteers? What a difference you could make in your smaller city’s botanical garden!
Gardening has been proven to be a great activity for relieving the body of stress and even helping heal the body after such events like a stroke. If you don’t already have your own garden to take care of, consider volunteering in your local botanical garden today. You can have the fun of gardening without the responsibility of garden ownership. Moreover, your community will thank you, and so will your body and soul.