Calling All Volunteers!


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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Society! Volunteers make our programs possible, and we are very grateful to have the support of hundreds of volunteers each year. We have a wide range of opportunities for people of all skill levels. If you've been thinking about volunteering at the Society, here are a few ideas about how you might get involved.  

Current Volunteer Opportunities 

Summertime: Open Gardens Program

Garden Tours are a great way to learn about and share interest in gardening. These tours are one of the special benefits of being a member of the Calgary Horticultural Society. The program is designed to include gardens in various stages of growth from new to well established. Visitors and homeowners alike share their interest and expertise in a noncompetitive way. Two to four gardens are opened during the summer months in the north and south part of the city on selected Sunday afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Do you know of someone who has an interesting garden, a project in the works  - you perhaps - who is willing to share with opening your garden to members? We are always on the lookout for new gardens to enjoy and celebrate now and in the future and we could use your help in finding new locations. Don't be shy, please call us with ideas.

Committee Members (North)

Each Spring and Summer a team of volunteers view potential gardens to open in either the North or South Calgary and creates a roster of locations to visit for the next growing season. This is an excellent opportunity to meet residents first hand, chat about gardening and build one of the most popular programs the Society offers. The role also involves some scheduling, administration and creative writing duties to support the program.  Right now we are recruiting a volunteer to assist in this role in the North part of the city.

Garden Gate Sitters

Gate sitters assist at the open gardens tours during summer. The position involves assisting the homeowner with the running of the open garden, welcoming visitors, ensuring visitors maintain garden ettiquite, and having fun! Gate sitters are needed for July 20, 27 and August 17.

Interested in helping with the Open Gardens Program, email us or call 403.287.3469 x 222

Society's Office Support

Re-Tree YYC Community Speakers Series

The Society is partnered with City of Calgary Parks to deliver targeted commumity talks about trees and the City's effort to Re-Tree Calgary following the September 2014 late-summer snow storm. In support of these talks. This vounteer position is now closed until next year. Thank you to all those who helped make it a success.  Please contact Carol at volunteer@calhort.org.

Spring / Fall Plant Shares 2016

A Plant Share is held in the Spring and Fall each year. These Member-Only events are a fun way to meet people and change up your garden. Volunteers assist in identifying, labeling, displaying, sharing and chatting about plants.  You don't need to have plants to participate, plants are for sale. The prices are good and it is a great way to fill up those empty spaces in your garden. The Spring and Fall Plant share are held on the Saturday after the long weekend in May and September in the morning. This year they will be held on May 28 and September 10.

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Speakers' Bureau

Would you like to share your gardening knowledge or learn a bit more? Do you have experience public speaking to groups of 20 people or more and an interest in speaking on behalf of the Society? If so this may be a great opportunity for you.  

Community groups often ask the Society to provide speakers for a variety of gardening topics. We are recruiting volunteers now to deliver  short informative talks of 20 - 30 minutes.

How do you grow from the experience? Well, you'll polish your presentation and public speaking skills and you'll likely pick up new gardening know-how along the way!

To learn more about our Speakers Bureau, email us or call 403.287.3469 x 222.

To 'dig in' and support the Society, contact Carol Chapman, Volunteer Coordinator,  by calling 403-287-3469 x 222 or email to inquire about  opportunties.

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