At Calgary Horticultural Society, we rely on volunteers to help us deliver our services and programs to gardeners. Each year, we are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers whose time, skills, experience and enthusiasm help us achieve our aims to educate, promote and support gardening in the Calgary area.
Volunteering at Calgary Horticultural Society is a great way to meet like-minded people, use your skills or learn new ones. You will find a friendly, social atmosphere at our volunteer events, and you will be surrounded by people who share your love of gardening.
We have a wide range of opportunities for people of all skills and abilities. Volunteers assist us with our education programs, help us with our annual Garden Show, help to tend our teaching and demonstration garden and support us to deliver outreach and events around the city.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Society
NEW! Community Outreach Program – The Society wants to build its community outreach with the help of three dedicated volunteer teams. Each year, the Society receives requests to attend events, provide gardening presentations and support new gardeners. We receive more requests than can be fulfilled. With the help of these teams, the Society expects to improve our presence in the community and be able to fill more of these requests. We anticipate that the volunteers will also benefit by:
- being able to share their knowledge and love of gardening and become recognized for their knowledge and passion
- increasing their horticultural knowledge through training, research and staff support
- using their creativity
- being part of a team of like-minded individuals
- having opportunities to meet enthusiastic gardeners and industry professionals
- helping gardeners-to-be successfully launch gardening journeys
- being a force in making the city greener
- attending fun and local events for free
The teams are (select the title to read more about the role):
The first training session for all teams is scheduled for Saturday, November 16 from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.
Please consider joining this program. It’s a wonderful way to support the Society and the gardening community. The program is supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Open Gardens Coordinator – The Society is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Open Gardens in the northern quadrants of Calgary. Open Gardens is one of the Society’s most popular member events. The coordinators recruit gardeners willing to be hosts and share their gardens with the Society members on a summer Sunday afternoon.
For a full role description, visit this link: Open Gardens coordinator.
Bi-Annual Plant Shares – Members only Plant Shares are held twice a year to swap plants. There are a variety of volunteer jobs we need assistance with from coffee sales to running plants, cashiers and more. It is a fun morning to meet your fellow members.
Casino – The Society runs a casino every 18 months as a major fundraiser. There are a variety of volunteer positions from chip runner to banker and cashiers.
Society Garden – We always look for volunteers to help with the spring clean-up, weeding, watering and fall clean-up of our society gardens.
Office/Administration – an extra set of hands is always appreciated at the office to help file, selling memberships at events, mail-outs, refreshment support at the monthly Member Talks etc.
Annual Garden Show – the society puts on an annual Garden Show at Spruce Meadows. The show is run completely by over 200 volunteers. There are numerous opportunities – ie: greeters, ticket scanners, décor, membership sales, set up and tear down, 50/50 ticket sellers to name a few. The show runs in mid-April and the Volunteer coordinator will send out a request for volunteers in March.
Society Board of Directors – On behalf of the Society’s members, the Calgary Horticultural Society Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and financial accountability of the organization. The Board ensures the Society adheres to its mandate through providing effective strategic direction, and guidance and oversight of the Executive Director. Additionally, Board members are expected to advocate for the Society within the community and to be good ambassadors on behalf of the organization and its members, staff and volunteers. For current openings on the Board, position details, and how to apply, use this Board Opportunities link.
We ask that all volunteers have a current Calgary Horticultural Society membership to participate in our volunteer program. To find out more, please contact the volunteer coordinator: