Botanic Gardens volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium.

We currently have around 300 volunteers, each making a significant contribution to the Gardens. The roles of volunteers are diverse and training and expectations will vary according to the role requirements for each volunteer program. We offer volunteers a number of different ways to get involved, which are outlined below. To find out more, get in touch with the listed contact person or contact Katrina Nitschke on 8222 9313 or katrina.nitschke@sa.gov.au.

Participate in a Garden Blitz – a one-day intensive hands-on horticultural event held in Spring and Autumn (generally May and October) each year in the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Check the website (www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au) for registration details.

Help the public in the Adelaide Botanic Garden Visitor Information Centre. Provide a sense of personal connection with the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Training held once per year around October. Contact Katrina Nitschke on 8222 9313.

Learn new skills in the Herbarium. Some work is very skilled, requiring a good deal of training, while other jobs need less training but require a meticulous approach. For more information visit the State Herbarium volunteer page.

Help bring the historic Santos Museum of Economic Botany to life for visitors as a Museum Attendant. Contact Tony Kanellos on 8222 9311.

Get involved in the Helping Hands group, who get hands-on in the beautiful Wittunga Botanic Garden each Tuesday. Contact the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Get hands-on in the Adelaide Botanic Garden with the South Australian Rose Society, joining the International Rose Garden Volunteers. No matter what your level of rose knowledge, you can learn from others and help share your own knowledge, while helping care for this beautiful rose collection. Contact Katrina Nitschke on 8222 9313.

Join the Botanical Art Group on Saturday afternoons for art sessions in the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Goodman Building. Workshops are also planned throughout the year. Phone the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Join the Craft Group. Many hand-crafted items are made by a group of Friends who meet at North Lodge on the third Thursday of each month. The work is varied and it is a pleasant, informal way of meeting other Friends. For more details please ring the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Become involved in planning Friends’ Tours & Activities. The Friends’ Tours have been interesting and enjoyable, not to mention varied, over a number of years. For more details ring the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Get to know the gardens as a Garden Guide, a trained group of Friends who take guided walks in all three Botanic Gardens. Training is held every second year. To find out more, please ring the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office 8222 9367.

Learn to propagate plants with the Growing Group. This friendly, industrious group meets at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and propagates plants for sale to the public. Contact the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Help with the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Gazette. The Gazette is published 4 times a year – why not consider submitting an article or getting involved? Contact the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Office on 8222 9367.

Find out how to get hands-on in a Community Kitchen Garden. Contact us to find a garden near you that suits your needs. Ring Jo Staniforth on 8222 9460.