Volunteer at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Who gives haircuts to all those Piet Oudolfian grasses at the Toronto Botanical Garden? In large part, it’s done by teams of volunteers. And you could be among them.

On Tuesday morning before class, I saw a team of about six people busily at work in the entry garden at the TBG. Sandra Pella, the horticulturist in charge, told me she works with a regular group of volunteers through the growing season, who commit to a morning a week.

If you have time, it would be a great way to be hands-on outdoors as you gain experience in these fascinating gardens.

Find out more about the TBG’s volunteer program on this page. Whether you’re volunteering indoors, in the garden, or working with kids in the TBG’s programs, you’ll complete the same application found at the bottom of that link.


  1. I'm relieved I live so far away. Volunteering is important but I never feel the same about doing for others what I enjoy doing for myself . . when I want . . . if I do . . . at my own speed. I'm public spirited in theory but in practise I tend to drift off.

    I like the colours and texture of those cut-off-cushions.


    P.S. I'm glad other people volunteer to do things though!

  2. What a great opportunity to work with others and learn something too. Wish my crazy schedule allows for it. Used to volunteer at Cullen Gardens in Whitby pruning the roses. We'd collect the spent blooms and make potpourri out of them later in the year. Fun and learning at the same time.

  3. Volunteers make the world go round. Here in Prince George the David Douglas Societies garden at UNBC is 100% started planted and maintained by Volunteers.

  4. Volunteers are important to local gardens, here, too, including the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Aldridge Gardens. And from personal experience I can say the volunteers benefit as much as do the gardens!

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