Volunteer Opportunities

Please scroll through these volunteer opportunities. There is something for everyone:


We received a very nice thank you from Jill England at Glen Iris Park: “I wanted to folow up with you and say a huge thank you for helping me find some Master Gardener volunteers for the first work day at Glen Iris Park! We did a lot in a realatively short amount of time and myself and other volunteers from the community felt like we learned a lot from the Master Gardeners who attended and worked with us. We did a lot of cleanng, weeding, pruning and preparation for new plants to be installed.”

There will be a second and final work day on Saturday, March 25th from 9 am to 5 pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided to any MG’s who can attend. Gloves and any tools such as rakes, pruners, shovels and small hand tools you have will be appreciated.

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Help is needed Tuesday (April 4th) and Wednesday( April 5th) setting up for the Spring Plant Sale. On Tuesday plants need taken out of the greenhouses at the BBG and loaded onto trucks to be taken to the sale site at Brookwood Village. Help is needed both Tuesday and Wednesday at Brookwood Village unolading plants from trucks.Please let Alice Moore (amoore@bbgardens.org) know if you can help out and on which day.

Our Master Gardener Booth will again be part of the BBG Spring Plant Sale to be held at Macy’s At Brookwood Mall Parking lot. Customers rely on our Master Gardener booth to answer questions, provide information, and spotlight greatthings our local Master Gardeners are doing. So, if you can fill any of the following slots, please notify Bethany O’Rearat bethany@aces.edu.

Friday, 4/7 9:00 - 1:00-2 openings,1:00-3:00 -2 openings,3:00-5:00 - 2 openings,5:00-7:00 - 2 openings.Saturday, 4/89:00-11:00 -2 openings,11:00-1:00 -2 openings 1:00-3:00 -2 openings.Sunday, 4/911:00-1:00 -2 openings 1:00-3:00 -2 openings.

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If you have additional free time that weekend and want to help at the BBG Spring Plant Sale, please contact Alice Moorebyemailor 205.414.3962.

Taylor Steele is looking for volunteers to help establish Fairfield School Community Gardens After school on Mondays. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach kids to garden. If you are interested please contact Taylor at 205-370-6037 or by email. He will ll be glad to help you find a spot.

There are several volunteer opportunites at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Alice Moore, Volunteer Coordinator at BBG, is looking for MG's who would be interested in taking charge of a weekend garden work group. We are trying a new program that follows the set-up of Kathy Connolly's Bruno veggie group where the group works relatively independently and is given tasks by the City Gardeners to accom-plish. Alice is looking for people who are interested in being involved or in heading up the group. This is a good way for MG's who work doing the week to pick up hours. Unlike most of the work groups however, this group would only meet one or two weekends a month. contact Alice Moore at 205-414-3962 or byemail.

Volunteer Workdays: Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion will lead volunteer sessions in the Kaul Wildflower Garden on January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31. The propagation group will meet January 6, 13, 20 and 27. For more information, write John Manion at jman-ion@bbgardens.org. For all other volunteer opportunities, contact Alice Moorebyemailor 205.414.3962.

If you are interested in becoming a docent at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, contact Alice Moore at 205-414-3962 or by email. She will arrange individual training.

Harvest for Healthbegain here in Birmingham in 2010. This very successful program pairs cancer survivors with Master Gardeners to help the cancer survivors cope, heal and grow. Harvest for Health has been give a new grant by the NIH and needs sixteen Master Gardener volunteers toparticipate as mentors, provides supplemental training, and coordinates the seasonal supplies needed for the garden. To volunteer, please contact Renee Thompson, Outreach Coordinator. She can be reached by phone 334-826-1590 or by email. All the training you need will be provided prior to meeting your survivor.

We all enjoyed the Master Gardener Meeting at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Charles Yeager gave a wonderful presentation about the history and current day conservation efforst of this Forever Wild Nature preserve. Over 130,000 people pass through the gates without charge to wander through this beautiful spot, swim in the cleanest water you will find in our area and learn about this biologically diverse habitat. Turkey Creek exists through volunteer efforts and donations to the Friends of Turkey Creek. Links to both can be found on their website. Every Friday morning there is an ongoing work program involving labeling and propagation in the polinator garden.


We have an opportunity as Master Gardeners to help feed the hungry inAlabama. The Society of St. Andrew’s project, Gleaning in Alabama is making a difference and we can join in their efforts. Each year they coordinate hundreds of volunteers to glean nearly hundreds of thousands of pounds of a variety of produce in Alabama. People of all ages canglean. Please see their website for furtherinformation and to fill out the volunteer form. You can also follow up with Bethany O’Rear if you are interested. She can be reached by email or phone: Office:205-879-6964 Ext. 15,Cell:205-612-9524


WE Community Gardens, located at 1229 Cotton Avenue, SW, needs volunteers to help with their Urban Garden that produces affordable, healthy and seasonal produce, grown under organic conditions. It is an oasis in a food desert. Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to noon. You can find more information onlineor by calling 205-781-0517.


Tiffanys Group has been formed at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This group is headed by two of our Master Gardeners, Kathy Connolly and Hope Cooper.They will meet from 8 am to 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You don’t have to start at 8:30, come when you can. The Magic City Harvestis the recipient of the vegetables being grown in the Bruno Vegetable Garden. Wear seasonally appropriate clothing, and bring a water bottle, pruning shears and a trowel. If you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail lists for updates on the group’s schedule and activities, contact Kathy Connolly. Amanda Clark has written a synopsis of how they have been managing the garden“mostly organically.” It is well worth reading: Bruno Vegetable Garden“Mostly Organic" Management History.

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Master Gardeners are invited to join TheLibrary volunteer team.Right now there are no openings for library volunteers during the week, but there are a couple of openings for weekend shifts. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Alice Moore by emailor by phone at 205-4114-3962.

Volunteer Opportunities in Plant Adventures Interested in helping adults with special needs to learn valuable life skills while working in The Gardens? Contact Brooke McMinn, Plant Adventures Program Specialist for The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, atbmcminn@bbgardens.orgor 205-414-3914 for more information on our volunteer opportunities!

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Birmingham Fern Group meets each Thursday in the Fern Gladeat Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Volunteers are needed from 9 - noon. If you're interested in joining, please contactBrooke McMinn atbmcminn@bbgardens.orgor 205-414-3914 for more information.

Ongoing Kaul Wildflower Garden volunteer sessions:Kaul Wildflower Group,On many Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion will lead volunteer sessions in the Kaul Wildflower Garden beginning at 9 am. Curator John Manion will lead volunteer sessions in the Kaul Wildflower Garden, beginning at 9 a.m. On Friday mornings, the plant propagation group often meets, as well.John says: “If you are not a ‘regular’ participant in these volunteer activities, it’s best to let me know you plan to attend in case we cancel.” For more information, emailJohn Manion. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

Get Into the Gardens! Master Gardeners are needed to help facilitate demonstration activities and talks on the weekends at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.Please contactBrooke McMinn atbmcminn@bbgardens.orgor 205-414-3914 for more information.

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