Volunteer at Gamble
Gamble Garden is a non-profit community horticultural center dedicated to preserving the 1902 Edwardian estate as an oasis of beauty and tranquility. Gamble Garden offers:
- Open-gate gardens inviting visitors 365 days a year, for free.
- Programs providing events and classes for the public, at all ages.
- Indoor and outdoor spaces available for rent for private or corporate events.
WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU!
Gamble Garden is a fun and rewarding place to volunteer – and it is a community where your help is truly appreciated. Our volunteers enjoy a supportive, educational, and caring community where they connect, contribute and thrive! Please read the information below to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Then click the sign up tab above to complete the Volunteer Form.
VOLUNTEERS KEEP THE GARDEN GROWING!
Over 400 volunteers spend 40,000 hours a year supporting Gamble Garden by maintaining the historic house and gardens and facilitating ongoing programs and events.
CHOOSE A LEVEL OF COMMITMENT THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
- Done-in-a-day special events and projects.
- Weekly, biweekly, or monthly activities.
- Member of a committee that organizes and implements programs and events.
Pick from a Variety of Opportunities
DIG IN THE GARDEN
Garden Volunteer – join the “Dirty Knees Brigade”. Some knowledge of gardening is helpful. Enjoy social brown bag lunches and informative walks through the garden with the Garden Director and other experts. 3 hours/week on Tuesday or Wednesday, 9 am to noon.
SUPPORT SPECIAL EVENTS
- Garden Fresh Luncheons – assist or cook in the kitchen, dress tables, seat or serve patrons at our often sold out luncheons. 2nd Wednesday of the month, March to June, September, October, and five special Holiday Luncheons in December.
- Second Saturday – help with lectures, workshops, children’s nature hunt. Docent tours of the historic house and plant sales. 2nd Saturday of the month.
- Spring Tour – help in our biggest annual event and fundraiser which invites the community to tour local showcase gardens. Join over 200 volunteers in everything from planning to day-of events. Day-of activities include garden docents, cashiers, plant sales, luncheons, and more.
- Over the Garden Fence – Help collect, tag and repair gently-used furniture, antiques, collectibles, artwork, home décor, china, linens, garden accessories and more throughout the year for “Over the Garden Fence,” our annual estate sale held during Spring Tour.
ASSIST IN THE GARDEN & HOUSE
- Docent – lead tours of the estate and gardens. Training sessions will help you learn more about Gamble Garden, its history, and the horticultural details of this beautiful estate. 1-hour tours, 2 times a month.
- Horticultural Library Volunteer – help organize and maintain our horticultural collection.
- Weekly or monthly.
- Floral Arrangers – bring your expertise to the on-going flower arranging activities.
- Office Volunteer – assist with mailings, answering phones, greeting visitors, and occasional phone outreach. Some experience with Word, Outlook & Excel preferred.
- Spot Job and Special Project Volunteer – wherever and whenever there is a need – in the garden, in the office, at events or classes.
Teen volunteers are welcome.
WORK AND PLAY AT CHILDREN’S EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
- Roots & Shoots Field Trips – work with elementary students and share your love of gardening. Thursdays.
- Children’s Events – lend an encouraging hand at a puppet show, Easter party, Halloween party, and other themed events held throughout the year.
- Garden Guides Program – Work with families and school-age children to inspire and promote understanding of plants, garden critters, and environmental conservation using our urban garden as a learning laboratory. Docent training provided.
JOIN A COMMITTEE
Be part of a group of volunteer Gamble Garden supporters who meet regularly to plan, organize, and staff programs and activities.
- Education – plan, develop, and host garden-related classes.
- Membership Outreach – oversee membership development and member benefits.
- Volunteer Outreach – recruit and coordinate new volunteers and support ongoing volunteer activities.
If you have special expertise to share, financial, legal, or other professional experience, come join us!