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Horticulture

Imagine learning about plant production, gardening, tree and plant identification, and proper maintenance and care techniques from experts at The Morton Arboretum. As a horticulture volunteer with collections or display gardens, in plant production, tree nurseries, or the creation of botanic arrangements for our public areas, you will be exposed to a world of new experiences.

Collections and display gardens

A team of 3–6 volunteers work alongside a horticulturist in one of sixteen collections or garden areas, April through October. Each group meets once a week during the gardening season on the same weekday morning each week. Volunteers learn as they garden, so previous experience is not required. Collections & Garden groups meet from 8:20–11:20 on designated weekdays only, not on weekends.

Floral arrangements

Arrangements are created from March through November using materials gathered from Arboretum collections and display gardens. These arrangements, showcased in the Visitor Center and Administration Building, are created by amateurs as well as those with professional training. Volunteers set their schedules in early spring and commit to creating approximately 10–12 floral arrangements during the year. Arrangements may also be made for special events during the year.

Greenhouse

Volunteers work with staff in the greenhouse area, primarily from February through April as we prepare for the annual Plant Sale. Previous experience working with seedlings and young plants is a plus. Volunteer shifts are generally 3–4 hours in length, one or two days a week, Monday through Friday.