Do you love plants or digging in the soil? Do you love people and enjoy seeing them have a good time? Do you have a few hours to spare each week and desire the opportunity to spend them out-of-doors?
Being a volunteer at Wallace Gardens offers those opportunities plus much more.
Docents are a key part of any botanical garden's success. They are the garden's ambassadors to the public. A person's first impression of the garden will be formed in large part by hisor her experience with the docent who leads the tour.
Training is critical to the success of a docent. There is much to be learned before one can lead a tour. Our docent training consists of four classroom sessions and one or two practice tours. We would like to hold training sessions this summer to prepare people to lead tours beginning in September or October.
Our goal is to map and catalog the entire collection. We need teams of volunteers who will visit specific areas of the garden to gather information about all the plants in that area. Knowledge of botanical names is useful but not a requirement. The job involves frequent bending and squatting to read the signs and tags next to many of the plants.
Call our office at 480-488-8003 if you would like to be a volunteer or if you have any questions regarding volunteering at Wallace Gardens.