Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Horticultural Volunteer Work

Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, some Saturdays

Memphis Botanic Garden offers seasonal and year-round volunteer opportunities for gardeners of all abilities and interests…from novice to expert…from occasional garden clean-ups to weekly chores…we want you to join us! Volunteering with our horticulture department gives you the chance to work “hands on” in one or more of our 26 beautiful gardens. The horticulture staff welcomes the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience to those who have a love of nature. Our hope is that people become more aware of plants and their importance to our environment, while at the same time maintaining our 96-acre garden as a showcase for horticulture and education.. Volunteers would contact Page McCoy at 636-4105 or page.mccoy@memphisbotanicgarden.com, in advance, to set up times and dates that best suit them.

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Usually Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some Saturdays

These volunteers will receive tour training from various staff members to become knowledgeable about each of the gardens here at Memphis Botanic Garden. Times when these volunteers will be needed will be based upon when private tours are scheduled, but will always adhere to regular garden hours, and the gardens included on each tour will be geared towards each group and their interests. This is a perfect opportunity to teach our community about the beauty of nature! If you are a teacher or long to be one someday, this is the spot for you! These walking tours can cover up to all 96 acres of our gardens, so it will be great exercise as well! Call 636-4105 for information on Docent Training this Spring!

Winter Holiday Build and Design Team

Dates and times based on your availability; we will work around your schedule!
Volunteers are needed to help us make our Winter Holiday Displays bigger and better in 2014! Engineers, Carpenters, Programmers and DIY types PLEASE APPLY!
Contact Gina Harris at 901-636-4110 for more information.

Children's Garden Volunteers

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday - Monday 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
There are four types of Volunteer Opportunities in the Children's Garden every day of the week:
  • Greeters - Stationed at the entrance to My Big Backyard, Greeters welcome families and scheduled school groups to the garden, answer frequently-asked questions, and share the information and guidelines needed to ensure that all visitors have a wonderful experience.
  • Gardeners - Our Gardener volunteers make a hands-on contribution to the beautification of My Big Backyard. Gardeners coordinate with our Horticulture Department on the specific needs of the garden. There is always something to do!
  • Play and Learn Supporters (PALS) - Lend a hand with a variety of activities throughout My Big Backyard! PALS can share information, make new friends, and facilitate play with special toys and props designed for use in specific parts of the garden.
  • Educators - With a broad range of children’s education programming in My Big Backyard, Educators are needed during the week, on weekends, and for special evening events. Experience in education is helpful but not required; all you need is a passion for teaching or leading activities.

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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $8.00
Seniors (62 & over) $6.50
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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