Becoming a Member or Volunteer Worker
Becoming a member of the FWVGA is the best way to help support the gardens. You can become a member one of two ways:
- Perform 15 or more volunteer hours per year
- Donate $25 or more annually through the paid membership program.
Click here to make a paid membership donation.
There are numerous opportunities to perform volunteer work both in and outside of the garden. In addition to performing all work in the garden, the FWVGA also needs help raising funds to pay for supplies and plants, and help running the organization. Here are some of the opportunities:
- Garden Worker: Performs all tasks required to plant and maintain the garden. No gardening expertise is needed, we will train as we work. The Grounds crew maintains the lawn, bushes, and vines as well. You need to be able to perform, at minimum, basic physical labor such as bending, kneeling and carrying buckets. Garden work is done during the spring, summer and fall months on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. when the days get longer. In the hot summer, we start at 8 a.m. to avoid the worst of the heat. You are welcome to work as often and on any days that suit your schedule.
- Garden Planning and Organizing: This group helps keep the garden and the volunteers organized. They decide on what plants to purchase, where they will go and what other maintenance work is required in the garden.
- Board of Directors: This group sets the direction for the association, and oversees the administration and fiduciary responsibilities. People with experience with not-for-profit organizations are desired.
- Fund Raising: The FWVGA raises all the funds necessary to maintain the garden as well as pay for new projects. This requires an active fund raising effort. People who enjoy organizing events, or experience in grant writing and research are desired.
- Public Relations/Marketing: This group helps inform the public about fund raising events as well as market the garden and the FWVGA mission.
- Garden Interpreters and Greeters: From May through October, the garden "greeters" spend a few hours each weekend welcoming visitors to the garden, providing basic information and answering questions. No physical work is required, just a friendly smile. The interpreters provide a more in-depth tour of the garden, details about the different plantings and history of the estate. These tours are arranged in advance, but are also performed on pre-selected days during the season. Interpreters receive training by both the FWVGA and National Park Service.
Click here to contact the FWVGA for more information on becoming a volunteer.