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 Kathryn Barlow and Dorothy Smith at

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 Costume Museum will not be open this season.

The dates for 2020 for the Tea Room are May 20th to August 28th at noon, Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am 3:00 pm. Government House will post an email in the late spring, inviting those members interested in volunteering at the Tea Room to contact them.

Other non-gardening activities of the Friends include the Friends archives, the Cary Bulletin, Cary Castle Mews greeters, cottage coffee morning, House docents, floral designers, garden tour guides, 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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