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The Beal Botanical Garden relies on dedicated volunteers to help accomplish the many tasks throughout the garden; however, volunteering in the garden can provide a variety of benefits to you as well:

  • Learn gardening tips and skills from a diverse collection
  • Learn about a historical garden
  • Earn hours towards a Master Gardener Certification
  • Contribute to a beautiful space in the community
  • Interact with other Beal Volunteers and work with Beal Staff


  • Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (mid-April to mid-October)
  • Fun way to get garden experience
  • Spend time with other volunteers
  • Weed, transplant, and dead-head as needed
  • Keep the garden looking beautiful


  • Scheduled on Saturday and Sunday  (May through September)
  • Welcomes visitors to the garden
  • Answers visitor questions
  • Directs visitors to points of interest
  • Utilize your knowledge of Beal and the botanical world


A general tour and orientation in the garden are provided in April, before the season starts. Labor volunteers receive on-the-job training. Garden Ambassadors have several training sessions scheduled throughout the year and are always paired with an experienced Ambassador until they are comfortable with the position. Our Volunteer Manual is also available to learn more about the garden.

Check our social media for volunteer updates or email us at for more information.

Photos courtesy of Derrick Turner, University Communications (left, center) and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden (right).