Volunteer at the Garden
One of the great strengths of the Garden is our vital corps of volunteers who provide assistance in virtually every area of the Garden. From horticulture to special events to educational tour guides, our volunteers are crucial to our operations ensuring every guest has a wonderful experience. Volunteering at the Garden provides an opportunity to meet people with similar interests and give the community the gift of your time. The Garden is always looking for new volunteers to join the team. The Garden’s Volunteer Manager can also help you plan a corporate volunteering event for your organization or company.
How to become a Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Volunteer:
- CLICK HERE to check out our list of available opportunities
- CLICK HERE to fill out a Volunteer Application Form!
- Attend an upcoming volunteer orientation. Check out our calendar below to see when the next one is available. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you after receiving your Volunteer Application Form to set up your orientation attendance. All volunteers are required to complete a background check prior to their first shift (students volunteering to complete service hours are exempt).
Volunteering as a Group:
Have a group that is interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you join us. Please fill out the Group Application Form below and the volunteer coordinator will contact you shortly.
- Discounted rate on programs and classes.
- Opportunity to attend First Tuesday program free of charge.
- Garden Store discounts with special volunteer promotions along with additional discount opportunities throughout the year.
- A 20% discount on Garden membership.
- Invitation to special behind-the-scenes tours.
- Additional benefits after 50, 75, 100 and 150 hours of service at the Garden!
Take a moment to learn a little more about some of the wonderful volunteers here at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! And, if you’re interested in joining our volunteer team, start by filling out an application HERE.
Max George has been a volunteer with the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden since 2009. He has served more than 700 hours working with our horticulture department and is a staple at the Garden every week. He was originally turned onto the Garden by his wife, Caron, who wanted Max to be able to help around their own garden. But, turns out, Max had quite the green thumb and now is not only a consistent volunteer at Daniel Stowe, but has also become a North Carolina Master Gardener.
Max truly enjoys working with the horticulture staff and the other volunteers that are part of the Wednesday Crew. The Wednesday horticulture crew tackle large scale projects at the Garden like planting seasonal garden beds, removing invasive species, laying mulch or compost and more. He enjoys springtime at the Garden and his favorite places in the Garden are Lost Hollow, Canal garden and the Orchid Conservatory. Max is an irreplaceable volunteer with the horticulture department and is such a joy to be around.
Put in his own words, Max also shared a story from his time volunteering here that hopefully shows just how much fun volunteering can be!
‘After Christmas one year an earlier group of volunteers and I were in a storage building rolling strings of holiday lights. It gets a little boring sometimes. For whatever reason, I started wrapping myself in lights. We then turned the building lights off, plugged me in, and I started dancing. Laughing that hard is something that those of us that were there will never forget!’
Thank you Max for your laughter and your continued dedication to the Garden!
Linda has been a volunteer with the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden since 2010. She has served more than 750 hours at the Garden in our horticulture and education departments, at many special events and is a key member of the Garden’s volunteer Creative Team that helps bring Holidays at the Garden to life!
Linda moved from New York to South Carolina and was looking for a fun and dynamic place to volunteer. She felt passionately about the Garden’s mission of enriching the lives of its guests through the enjoyment of nature and the environment. Linda’s favorite volunteering activity at the Garden is in horticulture where she can learn about southern plants, help maintain rare and unique collections of plants and work with a great team of horticulturalists.
Even though she loves volunteering with horticulture, her favorite time of year at the Garden is Holidays! She helps bring Holidays at the Garden alive through her work with the Creative Team every year. The Creative Team puts together almost all of the interior décor at the Garden – from wreaths to centerpieces to trees and so much more. Linda is a critical member of that team.
Thank you Linda for your hard work, dedication and service to the Garden.
Eva is one of the youngest members of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s volunteer team. She joined the Garden as a volunteer in the spring of 2016 because of her love of gardening as well as her desire to create a portfolio of extracurricular activities for future college applications. While Eva often volunteers with the weekly Wednesday horticulture crew, she has also spent time volunteering in the Garden’s growing center and at multiple special events.
Eva’s favorite part of volunteering at the Garden is planting and transplanting different species of plants. She enjoys getting her hands in the soil and working with the other volunteers. During the Garden’s summer ‘Wild’ series, Eva volunteered at one of our activity stations about scents and how wildlife use scents for all sorts of tasks. This event was one of Eva’s favorites. She also loves spring at the Garden and our Holiday Lights display.
It is easy to see that the Garden’s beautiful landscape, community involvement and other volunteers are part of the reason why Eva enjoys volunteering here at Daniel Stowe. But, for the staff at the Garden, Eva is one of the many reasons we are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers who spend their time here. Thank you Eva!