Smith College botanic garden seeks volunteers

Last modified: Wednesday, December 04, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College Botanic Garden is seeking volunteers to lead tours for school groups and greet the public at the Lyman Plant House. Trained volunteers provide tours of the greenhouses at the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden for school classes.

Each January, the Botanic Garden offers a three-day training program for volunteers. In addition to leading tours, volunteers also staff the reception desk on weekends and during the Spring Bulb Show, help with developing thematic tours, assist with exhibitions, and provide hospitality for special events. Volunteers are not involved in any hands-on horticulture work.

The next training session is Jan. 22 to 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. That will be followed by additional monthly meetings and training tours. In exchange for the training, volunteers are required to volunteer at the Botanic Garden for at least one full year and attend monthly meetings. Pre-registration is required and a volunteer application must be completed.

Anyone interested in volunteering may download an application online at or request one by phone at 413-585-2742 or email at


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