2018 Horticulture Volunteer Days

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Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main Street

Queens, NY 11355

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Help keep Queens Botanical Garden clean, green, and growing! Join our horticulture staff for an engaging, educational event where you will learn gardening basics while working hands-on with our plants. Make new friends and put your green thumb to good use in a variety of seasonal projects, including weeding, watering, pruning, planting, mulching, and more! Explore the beauty of QBG’s ever-changing scenery as our flowers bloom, trees grow, and community comes together. Participants must be 16 year of age or older.

Registration is free and opens one month in advance. Your participation includes Garden Admission.

Volunteers will meet at the Terrace of the Visitor & Administration building at 8:45am for a 9am start day.

Individual sign-up ONLY. To arrange for a separate large, private, or corporate volunteer opportunity, please email


In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email.


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QBG staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors. QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well. For more guidelines on garden etiquette, click here.


By public transportation, take the number 7 subway line to Main Street, the Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing, or the Q44-SBS or Q20 bus.

By driving, please click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement?

Participants must be 16 year of age or older.

Can I only come for one hour or part of the day?

Due to limited space and a small group, we really encourage volunteers to stay for the entire three hours, but if you need to leave early, please speak with the staff member you are working with so they can plan accordingly.

Where do I go once I get to the garden? What time should I arrive?

Volunteers will meet at the Wedding Garden to begin work promptly at start time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and meet your team. At 9am, the group will divide up to go to various locations throughout the 39 acres. Please check the website or ask the front desk if it's your first time here and need a map.

Do I need to know any skills ahead of time? How physical is the work?

We welcome all skill levels to participate--you do not need to know anything prior to coming. You will be trained in safety and skills for each session. We try to accommodate all ability levels, however participants must be able to do physical work including bending over, lifting 10+ pounds, and standing, walking, or squatting for long periods of time.

What are my transportation and parking options getting to the Garden?

Please park in our parking garden lot. You do not have to pay for parking or admission. Tell the attendant your name and that you are here to volunteer for a Horticulture Volunteer Day. If you are taking public transportation or walking, please enter through the front gate. More information about transportation and parking can be found here.

What should I bring?

Please bring gloves and wear weather appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty--sun hats and sunscreen if it's hot or layers if it's cold, and don't forget sturdy close-toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and snack if you'd like.We have gardening gloves and water available for anyone who does not bring their own.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Our gardeners work outside rain or shine. In very inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancelled or rescheduled volunteer date. If it is raining or snowing lightly, please dress accordingly.

Please note that all activities are weather dependent and subject to change!

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