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2019 Horticulture Volunteer Days

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Location

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11355

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Help keep Queens Botanical Garden clean, green, and growing! On the first Thursday of April, May, and June, 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.

Registration opens one month prior to event day.

Free. Registration required.

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Spend the day at the Garden! Be sure to check out QBG's "What to See, What to Do" guide for where to find notable plants out in the Garden: https://queensbotanical.org/what-to-do-see

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there an age requirement?

Individual 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, we encourage volunteers to stay for the entire three hours. 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 Visitor & Administration Building at the scheduled start time for check in.

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 levels of experience, 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. If you are taking public transportation or walking, please enter through the front gate at Main Street. 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.

CANCELLATIONS

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

COMMUNICATIONS

By purchasing tickets and attending QBG events, you hereby opt in to receiving communications from the Garden. You may receive updates about future QBG events and news through the addresses you provide. If you do not wish to receive future communication, simply click the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of an email or write to info@queensbotanical.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) occasionally photographs or films visitors and activities on site to support our mission in promotional media and materials, including print, online, broadcast, and social media. By attending this event, you grant permission to QBG use your likeness in perpetuity, in all forms of print and digital media used to promote, publicize, or advertise the Garden, its activities, and programs. If you do not give QBG permission to take and use your image, you must notify an event organizer or staff when you arrive for this event. QBG cannot be held responsible for third-party outlets. QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

MISSED VOLUNTEER DAY POLICY

We rely on volunteers to make our programs a success and consider registration to be a commitment of attendance. After two missed volunteer days with no notice of cancellation from you, your future registrations will be canceled under the Garden’s discretion. You will have to appeal to be considered for further volunteer days with QBG.

GARDEN ETIQUETTE

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.

GETTING TO QBG

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.

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Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11355

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