Volunteer with MHS!

Volunteers play a vital role in helping the garden grow. Contribute your skills, time, and talent to help us to deliver our mission and ensure the success of the Garden. Explore our opportunities to find one that fits your interests, skills, and schedule. 



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

Youth Education

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


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


Be a part of what make MHS events so special! Greet and direct guests, monitor event areas, hand out supplies, and answer questions.

Adult Docents

Lead guided garden tours, answer general questions. Requires training to have familiarity with area plantings and upcoming events and exhibits.

Guest Experience

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

Hands-on Help

Painters, woodworkers, craftspeople, engineers - Use your handy skills to help create a beautiful space, installations, improvement projects, and fixer-uppers!

Community Outreach

Help to share the MHS mission and the Garden at Elm Bank with our Greater Boston, MetroWest, Boston, and New England communities.

Corporate & Groups

Large groups can make a huge impact in a single session! We want to host your company's or organization's next volunteer group. 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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