Volunteering Opportunities in Local Public Gardens:

Most public gardens have a strong core of volunteers and a rewarding social scene in addition to an opportunity to make a difference.  Learn from experienced horticulturalists and reap the benefits of fresh air and exercise. Most volunteer gardening is seasonal with regularly scheduled times, but some areas require occasional help for special projects (e.g., invasive species removal). Most municipalities have sporadic invasive plant removal programs for the public park nearest you.  No matter your skill level, availability, or physical prowess you would be welcomed at a local public garden. Please get in touch with the garden directly.

Abkhazi Gardens

A small gem at 1964 Fairfield Road.  Volunteer gardeners, gate greeters and tour guides needed. Detailed plant knowledge is not required for greeters or tour guides. Please contact suehara@shaw.ca  regarding gatekeeping or tour guides; or head gardener Jo Wyld Wyyg@shaw.ca at 250-858-9953            www.friendsofabkhazi.ca

Dominion Brook Park

A 104 year old, 11 acre botanical park being lovingly restored at 8801 East Saanich Road (former Dominion Experimental Farm).  Volunteers meet Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., March to October.  Contact Joan Gibb (250-656-4185) gibbjb@shaw.ca

Government House

The 32-acre Government House estate at 1401 Rockland Avenue is a wonder of reclamation and one of our best kept secrets for a marvelous stroll, picnic or tea date. The Friends of Government House Society and 250 volunteers maintain 14 acres of cultivated gardens (Tues and Thurs 9:30 to 12), while many others volunteer in the tearoom and costume museum.  Volunteers are needed for gardening , the tearoom, and various other activities. Contact Nairn Hollott (250-744-4019) nairnhollott@shaw.ca         website: www.fghgs.ca

Upland Park

Upland Park includes Cattle Point and a section of Beach Drive in Oak Bay. It is a treasured 76 acre park with wonderful views, seaside Garry Oak sand lovely spring wildflower display. Contact Margaret Lidke of the Friends of Upland Park at 250-595-8084 to participate in the invasive species pull.

Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

The HCP at 505 Quayle Road in Saanich (formerly Glendale Gardens) is a public teaching garden, a wetland conservation area, and a horticulture school (Pacific Horticultural College). There are many places to volunteer: in the gardens (Wed and Sat mornings), in the shop and office, and at events. The Victoria Horticultural Society supports two of the many gorgeous gardens here: the Doris Page Winter Garden and the Hardy Plant perennial borders thehardys@vichortsociety.org.
To volunteer:      call 250-479-6162    e-mail volunteers@hcp.ca   or search  www.hcp.ca


Lifecycles is a non-profit organization that cultivates community connections through growing and sharing healthy food. There are many opportunities for volunteering with these keen, committed folks: The ‘Welland Legacy Orchard’ is a heritage orchard in View Royal where volunteers meet two Sunday mornings each month welland@lifcylcesproject.ca, the ‘Fruit Tree Project’ (picking, sharing and preserving surplus fruit of local gardens), ‘Growing Schools’ (teaching school kids how to garden), a ’Seed Library’, the ‘Community Food Program’ (learning, sharing and teaching how to preserve food). Lifecycles: 250-383-5800 info@lifecyclesproject.ca

Point Ellice House

A heritage garden with a quaint tearoom at 2616 Pleasant Street near the Bay Street bridge. Volunteers garden on Thursday and Sunday mornings. Head gardener is David Easton daeas@shaw.ca For other opportunities to volunteer (tour guides etc.) Contact: Catriona at 250-381-6519   royalstewart@shaw.ca www.pointellicehouse.com

Saanich Municipality

Jenny Eastman is in charge of the ‘Pulling Together Volunteer Program’ (invasive species removal) which provides two hour training, tools and gloves (other municipalities probably have the same). 250-744-1710

St. Ann’s Academy

A heritage garden on a beautiful site at 835 Humboldt Street835 Humboldt Street. Volunteers meet alternate Thursdays 9:00 to Noon April to Nov. Contact Shelley, the site supervisor: stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca    250-953-8829

Swan Lake Nature Centre

A refuge of wilderness in the city, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road requires volunteers for its native plant garden, ambassador program, and nature center. Gardeners meet Tuesday and Saturday mornings. volunteer@swanlake.bc.ca 250-590-9276

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