Join our Saturday volunteers to complete large-scale horticultural and maintenance projects, which include pruning, weeding, and raking, Sessions take place on designated Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We provide on-site guidance and necessary tools. The volunteer Saturday and Wednesday morning dates are listed on our Volunteer Work Days Calendar. The Rose Garden is our largest garden with 15,000 roses and 475 beds. It does take a village to raise a rose garden!
The Rose Garden volunteer work cycle runs from April to November. After winter, the Conservancy assesses winter damage, tests the irrigation system, and assesses soil needs. Volunteers begin in April with removing the deadwood from the rose bushes. The Conservancy hires contractors to mulch and deep edge the interior and perimeter rose beds. The Conservancy rose gardeners help train and work with the volunteers during the season. Weeding and dead-heading are done by volunteers throughout the growing season. In late fall, usually November, volunteers are needed to “hill-up” the mulch around the base of the roses for winter protection.
Special clean-up days and projects include Sunrise Overlook and East Lawn, specialty gardens, the Western Loop, and other areas of the park. As an example, in early October, we remove over 10,000 annuals to make way for the tulips. Someone once said that a gardener’s work is never done. There is always gardening work at Elizabeth Park!
Please check our Volunteer Work Days Calendar to see this year’s volunteer days.