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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.

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 office:

Volunteer Application

If you want to volunteer with the Calgary Horticultural Society, please complete our volunteer application.

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Society

Calgary Gardening Magazine Managing Editors

We are seeking a few volunteers who would like to share the responsibilities of the Managing Editor for our magazine. Do you have an eye for detail and a passion for a well-written expression? Do you have a keen creative mind that recognizes a good gardening story? Do you like coordinating tasks and leading others to meet deadlines? Would you like to work with a dedicated team of writers and editors who are also gardeners? Then the volunteer role of Managing Editor for the Society’s member magazine may be for you! The role includes the following tasks: planning upcoming issues with the magazine team, leading the production team of editing and layout volunteers, recruiting writers and copy editors, reviewing submitted articles, approving and assigning articles to magazine issues, coordinating and participating in the editing process for the magazine, program descriptions, weekly e-news, program descriptions, important advertising, annual calendar, and special projects as required.  Send your resume to with a letter of interest if you would like to become a Managing Editor!

Calgary Gardening Layout Volunteer

Join the team of volunteers who take the stories and other content and create the magazine. The team uses marq (rebranded from Lucidpress) to layout the magazine. It’s a web-based tool so you can work on it from home. Multiple members of the team can be in the magazine at the same time, making work sharing easy. Candidates should be comfortable using PDF commenting (Adobe Reader or Acrobat) and Microsoft Word or be willing to learn. Previous layout, InDesign, or Lucidpress experience is a strong asset. Training is provided. Most of the work of the layout team happens during the third week of a publication month. Join our team! Use the online volunteer application form to apply.

About Calgary Gardening

Calgary Gardening is the Society’s member magazine and an important volunteer project for the Society. The magazine is published eight times a year: February, April, May, June, July, August, October, and December. It is primarily a digital publications and is posted on the Society’s website on the first day of the publication month. Each issue, volunteer writers contribute the articles, the Society’s Board of Directors provides an update, and the team Society provides information about upcoming events. The articles and magazine are editing by a team of wordsmith volunteers. The first issue was published in 1987 and started as a typed newsletter. As technology has changed, the document has become more polished, with longer articles supported by photographs. Help keep this document strong by joining the volunteer magazine team. Apply today!

Volunteers for In-person Events

When the Society’s activities fully open in the future, volunteers are recruited for the following positions:

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. We are seeking coordinators for the 2023 garden season.

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.


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 Assistance

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.

Society Board Director

This volunteer role requires a minimum two-year term commitment as well as availability for approximately ten hours per month to attend Board and Committee meetings and attend Society events. Of particular preference are applicants with executive or professional experience in law, governance, not for profit leadership/fund development, marketing and/or  communications. Though gardening expertise is not a must, all Board members must support our mission and organizational goals. Use this link to learn more about the Board and the role of a Society director.

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 office:

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