Propagate Plants

A volunteer waters the sale plants Photo: Teresa LeYung Ryan

A volunteer waters the sale plants
Photo: Teresa LeYung Ryan

Plant sale volunteers propagate and maintain plants offered for sale to the public at the Botanic Garden’s Thursday morning plant sales and at our big sales in April and October. This friendly group of volunteers meets at the garden in the Potting Shed area of the Juniper Lodge building on Thursday mornings, 9:00-11:00 a.m., year-round. Volunteers are also needed to water the potted plants on Tuesdays and/or Sundays. Many of the volunteers are experienced horticulturists but experience isn’t necessary; volunteering to propagate for the plant sale is an excellent way to learn about native plants.

For information, contact Ron Clendenen at, call the Botanic Garden at (510) 544-3169, or just come to the Potting Shed on a Thursday morning and ask for Ron.

Volunteers are encouraged to enroll in Garden Volunteer Training to deepen their understanding of the garden. The training meets once a week for three hours over 10 weeks. You’ll learn about basic botany, plant identification, and pollination, as well as the garden’s history and many of its important plants. The fee for Garden Volunteer Training is $150, which includes instruction and a one-year membership in the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Scholarships are available based on need.

To learn more about Garden Volunteer Training–which takes place in January through March 2016–or to register, see the 2016 Garden Volunteer Training flyer.

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