Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


Volunteer at the Garden!

Ongoing opportunities:

  • Admission Desk/Garden Shop Assistant: Saturdays & Sundays, 10AM–1:30PM or 1:30–3PM. Greet guests and process admission, gift shop sales and provide an awesome guest experience! Learn how to work with the public and a point-of-sale system.  Volunteers should be involved a minimum of 1–2 times per month.
  • Robert D. Ray Asian Garden: Sundays through October, 9–11AM.  Work with a small group of volunteers to remove weeds and debris and help this new garden space thrive and look its best!
  • Activity Tables: Saturdays, 10AM–12:30PM or 12:30–3PM. Entice guests to learn about the world of plants a little more by demonstrating and providing information on some easy to learn activities. Examples include how to create a terrarium, plant petting zoo, scented geranium leaves and more.
  • Drop-in Activities: Saturdays, 11AM–1PM or 1–3PM, once a month. Greet and assist guests who wish to take part in these make-and-take activities. Volunteers take payment, provide instructions and keep supplies available.
  • Other horticulture based activities may be available. Please contact us to learn more.

Upcoming events:  More details will be available at a later date. Let us know if you are interested!

  • October 15: Fall Bulb Mart
  • October 29: Trick-or-Trees (a variety of roles to support this family event).
  • November 18: Champagne & Chocolate (assorted roles to support this evening event) .
  • December 27 – 31: Winter Break Activities  (volunteers for day camps and drop-in activities). Volunteer for one or more shift.

If you are interested in volunteering fill out an application at: Be sure to provide as much information as you can in regard to your availability and interests. Questions? Email or 515.323.6293.

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Timberline Environmental Club's Pollinator Field


Fall 2022: prepare the field for planting. This will include digging up some sod and making the plants for spring planting. Throughout the winter, we will look into selecting and sourcing seeds and plants.

In March 2023, we will sow seeds, and in early May, we would plant the small 2” plugs.