Garden Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Arboretum. You will find them on Wednesdays and the second Saturday weeding and mulching gardens already planted, maintaining hardscaping and benches in the Lake Loop area, and clearing and planting new gardens under the guidance of Shayan Khatibi, the Arboretum’s horticulturist. To the casual visitor, the gardens are more and more beautiful each month. To the careful botanist, they are a constant source of new and interesting species focused on people’s uses of plants for food, shelter, medicine, clothing or any number of other things. Choose to join the team and you might find yourself repairing and painting picnic tables, crawling under camellias pulling dollar weed, replacing rotted posts or erosion control boards, building planters, raking trip hazards from gravel paths, or installing several flats of donated annuals in the pollinator garden.
Meet our group in the picnic area at 8 a.m. We usually work until 11 a.m.