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 tours, our volunteers are crucial to our operations ensuring every guest has a wonderful experience.
Volunteer at the Garden
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.
The Garden offers seasonal internships in various departments such as horticulture, private events, public events, and education. If you are interested in obtaining a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience, contact us today!
How to become a 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. The Volunteer Manager will contact you after receiving your application 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).
Active Volunteer Benefits:
- Discounted rate on programs and classes.
- Opportunity to attend First Tuesday Presentations 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!
Volunteer as a Group:
Have a group that is interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you join us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group today!
Junior Volunteer Summer Program
The Garden’s Jr Volunteer Summer program is for students ages 10-13. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in the Butterfly Bungalow, with the horticulture staff and with the education staff during summer events. Interested students must complete an online volunteer application and have one letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, troop leader, etc. (no family members) e-mailed to the Volunteer Manager. CLICK HERE to apply online. The application deadline is May 4th.
Take a moment to learn a little more about some of the wonderful volunteers here at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden!
Richard Morono, Volunteer
"My wife and I moved to the McClean Conservancy neighborhood from Northern California in July of 2017. We wanted a place to volunteer together and decided Daniel Stowe would be great because it was so close (just 5 minutes away). My wife volunteered in education and I decided to volunteer in the phenology area. I didn’t even know what it was, but I like anything to do with walking in the woods. I grew up hunting, fishing and playing in the woods of New Hampshire and I love wild life. Walking on the phenology trail allows me to see some wildlife like deer, squirrels and birds. Through the phenology program, where we document the life cycle of the trees and plants, I am learning a lot about the plants that live here (I had a great teacher). The staff at the gardens are great. They are kind, patient, funny and willing to teach. Our first ever visit to the gardens was when they were setting up the Chinese lantern displays. We got great pics of me “prying open” the tiger’s mouth and my wife sitting amongst crocodiles. We enjoyed the peace of the gardens, the sound of the running water, the beautiful flowers and the fun displays. Each season brings new things to the garden along with new volunteer activities and we thoroughly enjoy it."
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!
National Volunteer Week
With the Garden closed due to the effects of Covid-19, Executive Director Patrick Larkin talks about the importance of volunteers at the Garden during National Volunteer Week.