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 

Garden Show Volunteers

Spring is just around the corner and so is the Garden Show.

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



Managing Editor

 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 articles.

•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 content.

•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 where possible

•Sending articles to the Copy Editors for review.

•Reminding regular contributors about deadline submissions.

•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 provided.


 Open Gardens

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 can give.

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 morning.

Watch for details next Spring.

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 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  opportunties.

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