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MHS  volunteers play a vital role in helping the garden grow. Volunteers contribute their skills, time, and talent to help us to deliver our mission and ensure the success of the garden. We offer a variety of seasonal opportunities to fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

It’s a fun way to learn through service, connect with nature, improve health, and meet new people. You don’t need a green thumb — We strive to provide a meaningful and rewarding experience for each of our volunteers. There are options to volunteer for corporate groups and community groups. Learn about our group volunteer opportunities here.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Horticulture Volunteers

Assist our horticulturists with weeding, raking, dead-heading and watering. Learn more about plants and gardening while helping care for our beautiful gardens! 

Youth Education Volunteers

Help cultivate the next generation of gardeners and ecologists MHS Youth volunteers work with kids to help them explore the plant world through activities at The Gardens at Elm Bank, schools, and at community events. No experience necessary – we provide on-site orientation and training.

Office and Administrative Volunteers 

Volunteers in our office assist with bulk mailings, filings, data entry, and projects for events, development, membership and accounting. 

Event Volunteers

Greet and direct guests, help with orientation. Visit with guests and monitor the event areas

Adult Docents

Lead guided garden tours, answer general questions. Familiarity with area plantings and upcoming events/exhibits

Visitor Engagement 

Ensure a welcoming and positive atmosphere by providing informative and helpful information to garden visitors,  help with wayfinding, recommend things to do and see. Available May - October.

Hands-on Help 

Use your skills to help create a beautiful space, Painters, woodworkers, and all craftspeople alike. We’ll be looking for your expertise when projects arise

Community Outreach

Help to introduce MHS and the garden to the greater community

Corporate Volunteers

Learn about our nonprofit volunteer opportunities for businesses and groups here.


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Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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