Calling All Volunteers!
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
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Garden Show Volunteers
Spring is just around the corner and so is the Garden
The show is held April 12 and 13, 2014, at Spruce
Meadows and runs from 9 am - 5 pm each day. Volunteers
play a key role in bringing the show to life and there are a
variety of positions available. Consider joining us for this fun
event. We ask you to take one shift over the weekend.
There are two volunteer shifts each day:
Morning - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Afternoon - 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Volunteers receive free admission to the event for the
entire weekend, the opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, have
fun and support the Society's major fundraising event.
For volunteering information See
We are looking for a Volunteer Managing Editor
to take the lead of our well respected and popular,
gardening magazine Calgary Gardening
The role involves:
•Maintaining a list of writers and be asking potential
writers to join the team.
•Communicating with writers to solicit ideas for
•Meeting with the Contributing Editor in October to plan
articles for the following year's eight issues.
•Creating a schedule for the year including deadlines and
•Contacting the writers via email with the sign up list of
articles for the coming year.
•Completing the schedule of articles ensuring a variety of
topics and writers in each issue.
•Creating content documents for each issue.
•Ensuring articles are received by the deadline (currently
I have ALL articles coming in by February 28th for the entire year
•Sending articles to the Copy Editors for
•Reminding regular contributors about deadline
•Submitting content document and articles for Layout
person via Dropbox by deadline.
•Reviewing each issue and once the proof is ready, go to
the office to approve it.
•Thanking the writers.
This is a volunteer posiiton. Skills required
include: experience in project management, editing, writing,
working with volunteers, working toward deadlines, being organized
and horticultural knowledge. Training will be
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.
Here are comments from a couple of people who opened their
garden last summer:
"I'm declaring today's open garden a fabulous
success - I had 89 people come through my garden! Everyone
was so complementary and I had countless positive
comments. It was a wonderful affirmation of the bond shared
by the gardening community. I was very touched by one
gardener who came and shared that her garden is under water in High
River. She is so hopeful that something will have survived
the floods - a real tribute to the spirit of
gardening. It's been a bit tiring... but the volunteer
that did my gate-minding was wonderful and so helpful!
Thank you for inviting me to open my garden - it was
really fun (and gave me the kick in my backside that I needed to
get it tidied up). I would be very happy to participate
again, should you think my little garden would be a good addition
(I don't know if you do 'repeats'). My only regret is that I
didn't have a chance to go out and check out my fellow
gardener's creative efforts!"
Open Garden Gate Sitters
Gatesitters 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!
Interested in helping, email us or call
403.287.3469 X 222
Support & Learn in the Society's office programs
Volunteers assist monitor and support Society programs
throughout the fall, winter and spring. Workshops are held on
and off site. Shedules are very flexible, hours are what you
Interested in helping, email us or
call 403.287.3469 X 222
Spring / Fall Plant Shares -
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
Watch for details next Spring.
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
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
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 x222.
To 'dig in' and support the
Society, contact Colleen McCracken, our Volunteer Manager by
calling her at 403-287-3469 X222 or email Colleen to inquire about