Botanical Gardens

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Trillium Store at the Garden: The Trillium Store is open and volunteers are needed! This is a wonderful opportunity to be “the front porch” of the Garden, as well as meet visitors from around the world. Volunteer as a cashier, inventory support, or shop helper. Training is provided; hours are flexible. A commitment to two 4-hour shifts per month is appreciated. Membership in the Botanical Garden Society is recommended.

Garden d’Lights: Participate in the set-up, installation, lights maintenance and take-down of our Garden lights for this popular seasonal event, which requires year-round efforts. Or participate in the event itself as a Greeter, Cashier, or Special Event Support staff.

Docents: Learn, Lead, Share Your Gardening Passion! Attend our Docent Training Classes to learn about giving Garden tours and greeting visitors. Docent Training Classes take place periodically. For more information.

Horticultural Assistants: There are 3 garden areas for volunteers to actually dig in the dirt!

  • Garden paths and beds, where volunteers work with Garden staff or interns to plant, prune, weed and maintain paths, and detail the garden. Tuesday or Thursday mornings, 9-11am.
  • Waterwise Garden, volunteer work parties on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00-4:00pm.
  • Perennial Border, volunteer work parties with the Northwest Perennial Alliance every Thursday at 10:00am.

The Buzz Team: This collaborative team brings thoughts, ideas, skills, and input to the BUZZ newsletter. Needed skills include: reporting, writing, interviewing, editing and proofreading. Quarterly meetings.

Event Hospitality: Be part of the fun—Help organize and participate in Garden-sponsored events throughout the year, including Mothers’ Day Social, Bellevue Arts Fair, Art in the Garden, and Garden d’Lights. Monthly meetings.

Special Event Support: Be part of the SES team! Volunteers help our special events run smoothly and safely, providing direction to visitors, patrolling the grounds, reporting problems to Garden staff, and assisting Garden staff with opening and closing duties.

Living Lab: Be a volunteer for the Living Lab Program that provides quality science and botany-related educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through the fifth grade. Sessions are led by program staff or teachers; volunteers assist. Sessions are held 3 mornings per week in the spring and fall.

Work with the Northwest Perennial Alliance. The Alliance concentrates their efforts in the Garden’s Perennial Border. Work parties are most Thursdays from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM. or visit