Garden and Woodland Volunteers

Volunteers work primarily from March to November. However, depending upon the garden area and the weather, work may continue year round. Work days are Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Volunteers work either or both days. There is a volunteer orientation in spring when most volunteers join, but they may start at any time during the year. The grounds consist of a number of different areas, each of which is maintained by a group of volunteers. New volunteers usually do a rotation, working in each of the areas before choosing one in which to work regularly. All the major tools are supplied but most people bring their own small hand tools. Expert gardening experience is not required. We are happy to welcome anyone who would like to work with us.

If you are interested in volunteering in the grounds or would like more information, please contact Krista Lavoie at All available gardening positions are presently filled so your name will be placed on a waitlist.

Non-Garden Volunteers

Non-garden volunteers work mainly from May to September of each year. The Tea Room and Costume Museum are open weekly from Tuesday to Saturday during that time. Unfortunately, the Tea Room will be closed until further notice.

Other non-gardening activities of the Friends include the Friends archives, Government House archives, Cary Castle Mews greeters, coat check, cottage coffee morning, both garden and in House floral designers, library, membership, and website. Most of these activities are limited in their need for volunteers; therefore, anyone interested in volunteering may have to go on a waiting list.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please contact the Director of Non-Gardening Activities, Donalda Rossman, at

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