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Our volunteers in action! Always working - the volunteers have been busy in 2010! Follow this link for some photos of volunteers in action!
Do you love plants? Do you love to garden? The MSU Horticulture Gardens staff relies on a dedicated group of volunteers who help us accomplish the many tasks that have to be done each year. No experience is necessary - though you may find new ways to use your skills to help! With 14 acres of planted gardens, our Visitor Center, and many tour groups who visit every year, there are plenty of opportunities for you to help. Hands-on work may involve annuals, vegetables, perennials, roses, native plants and more - in fact, you name it! The opportunities are endless and every week the work is different as the season progresses.
Volunteers meet every Tuesday morning during the spring and summer from 9 am-12 noon. There are also some weekend volunteering opportunities in the spring as we prepare for our biggest fundraiser of the year, The Plant Sale! For those who enjoy meeting other gardeners and visitors, the volunteers staff our Visitor Booth from 10 am - 4 pm Monday-Friday during our summer hours. Sign up for one of two three-hour shifts. We encourage volunteers to sign up with a friend.
Each year, we hold an awards reception in December to recognize our volunteers and all that they contribute to the success of our gardens. We do both spoof and serious awards! Volunteers Awards are given for top Labor, Docent, and Overall Volunteer. The Award is a brick engraved with the volunteer's name and the year of the award. This brick is installed in the Perennial Garden Walk as a permanent recognition of the volunteer's contributions to our gardens. Some volunteers log innumerable hours, and these awards are a tribute to their dedication! Click here to see photos of last year's celebration
To learn more and to receive weekly emails about volunteer opportunities, contact:
Katie McCarver, Volunteer coordinator
(517) 355-5191 ext. 1329