Volunteer Opportunities

Please scroll through these volunteer opportunities. There is something for everyone.

If you would like to have your Master Gardener volunteer hours count for the 2019 federal report that Kerry Smith submits, you must post your hours by January 2, 2020.

Lovelady Center


Master gardeners are asked to contact Bethany to volunteer to help at Lovelady Center. Kate Musso dropped by in late June to troubleshoot and found very little trouble and a whole lot of vegetables ready to pick. The garden area is the top floor of a parking garage and there were fears that pollinators wouldn’t find the crops but bees were everywhere.



2020 Master Gardener Intern Class Projects and Mentors Needed

The 2019 intern class did an amazing job on their group projects, in part because of thehelp they had from veteran Master Gardener mentors. We’ve already started planning forthe 2020 class and would like you to consider volunteering as a project mentor. Internswill choose their projects by mid-January and finish up by early April. Mentoring doesn’thave to be a big time commitment but it certainly makes a difference to the class. Also,we’re lining up suggested projects for the interns to undertake. Intern group projects takemany forms: hands-on garden building, development of curriculum, creation ofpublications—just to name a few. Please let Bethany O'Rear know if you have interest in being aproject mentor or know of a potential group project.


Arc Gardens

The Arc of Central Alabamaprovides services for adults with intellectual and developmentaldisabilities. The Arc has just established a new garden at its Crestwood Boulevard location and islooking for Master Gardeners to assist in the development of a community garden and to helpeducate its clients in gardening tasks for long-term maintenance. This will be an ongoing projectbeginning in September and continuing throughout the year. The goal is to assemble a MasterGardener team which will provide weekly consultation of 2 hours per week in overseeing planting, maintaining and harvesting with the intention of ultimately training Arc clients to act independently.This community garden project will be developed simultaneously with a “healthy eating” curriculumin which Arc clients learn to prepare harvested food. If you’re interested in volunteering (no longtermcommitment required up front), please contactplease emailKate Mussoor Bethany O’Rear


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Do you like talking to people about nature? Do you want help students connect to our wonderful gardens? We are seeking Education Docents for the school year! or more information or to sign up to volunteer, please email Alice Moore.


Tiffanys Group at Birmingham Botanical Gardens meet weekly.This group is headed by two of our Master Gardeners, Kathy Connolly and Hope Cooper.They meet at 8 am on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. They assist Tiffany, one of the gardeners at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They work in several of the gardens, including the Bruno Vegetable Garden. You don’t have to start when the group starts. You come whenever you are available.

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the vegetable garden

The Magic City Harvestis the recipient of the vegetables being grown in the Bruno Vegetable Garden. Wear seasonally appropriate clothing, and bring a water bottle, pruning shears and a trowel. If you would like to be added to the weekly e-mail lists for updates on the group’s schedule and activities, contactHope Cooper.

You can see pictures of the group in the 2018 Photo Albums.


Discovery Field Trip Docents are needed to guide students and teachers for curriculum-based Discovery Field Trips, The Gardens’ flagship education program, so they may experience hands-on learning and connect with nature. Play a crucial role in helping make Discovery Field Trips possible while making a positive impact on The Gardens’ mission for education. Volunteerwith a partner any two mornings of your choice per month September-May (excluding December). Training is provided. No teaching experience required. If you are interested contact Alice Mooreor Ellen Hardy at205-414-3953 orby email.


Christian Service Mission

Christian Service Missionhas 7 community gardens throughout the city that they've helped to put in place and currently partner with in Avondale, East Lake, Woodlawn, Pratt City, West End, Inglenook/Tarrant and Fairfield. They have a goal and desire to continue to expand into the realm of educational gardening and do currently have our aquaponics and hydroponics gardens at 3600 3rd Ave. South, 35222 (their ministry center in Avondale) They are looking for Master Gardeners to be matched with one of the community gardens, to help create growing, learning centers. If anyone is interested in working in that realm or just wants to come see our setup, you are welcome! You can find more information on their website.


Each of the Norwood Garden managers has been certified through the Jefferson County Master Gardener program. This dedicated group of people is making a big difference in the community. They meet each first Saturday. They have created a culture of family gardening in a community setting. The gradens produce 2K a year that goes to the neighbors, combating the food desert and educating people of all ages. If you are interested in helping, you can find them on Facebook, by calling the resource center at205-322-7361 or byemail.

Norwood Gardens


Larry Stephens

Alice Moore, Volunteer Coordinator at BBG, is looking for MG’s who would be interested in volunteering with Larry Stevens for the Bog Garden Group. This is a new program that follows the set-up of Kathy Connolly's Tiffany’s group where the group works relatively independently and is given tasks by the City Gardeners. This is a good group for MG's who are available on the weekends. Unlike most of the work groups however, this group would only meet one or two weekends a month. contact Alice Moore at 205-414-3962 or byemail.


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Ruffner Mountain has several needs for Master Gardeners. They have started a garden club for people with limited mobility. They meet every Tuesday from 9 am to noon. They connect with the natural world by collecting seeds and cuttings. If you are able to help, bring gloves, sunscreen and water. You can see more opportunities on their website, especially on the calendar pages.



The Southern Environmental Center is the largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama, dedicated to showing individuals how they can protect and improve their local environments. They are in need of Master Gardeners help. In Edgewood they are creating a pollinator garden EcoScape. For more information visit their Facebook Page or website. You can contact Roald Hazelhoff by phone 205-226-4934 or byemail.



Ongoing Kaul Wildflower Garden volunteer sessions with theKaul Wildflower Group meets on many Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Kaul Wildflower Garden CuratorJohn Manion leads volunteer sessions in the Kaul Wildflower Garden beginningat 9 a.m. On Friday mornings, the plant propagation group often meets, aswell. John says: “If you are not a ‘regular’ participant in these volunteer activities, it’s best to letJohn Manionknow you plan to attend in case we cancel.



We all enjoyed the Master Gardener Meeting at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.. Charles Yeager gave a wonderful presentation about the history and current day conservation efforts of this Forever Wild Nature preserve. Over 130,000 people pass through the gates without charge to wander through this beautiful spot, swim in the cleanest water you will find in our area and learn about this biologically diverse habitat. Turkey Creek exists through volunteer efforts and donations to the Friends of Turkey Creek. Links to both can be found on their website. Every Friday morning there is an ongoing work program involving labeling and propagation in the pollinator garden.


We have an opportunity as Master Gardeners to help feed the hungry inAlabama. The Society of St. Andrew’s project, Gleaning in Alabama is making a difference and we can join in their efforts. Each year they coordinate hundreds of volunteers to glean nearly hundreds of thousands of pounds of a variety of produce in Alabama. People of all ages canglean. Please see their website for furtherinformation and to fill out the volunteer form. You can also follow up with Bethany O’Rear if you are interested. She can be reached by email or phone: Office:205-879-6964 Ext. 15,Cell:205-612-9524



WE Community Gardens, located at 1229 Cotton Avenue, SW, needs volunteers to help with their Urban Garden that produces affordable, healthy and seasonal produce, grown under organic conditions. It is an oasis in a food desert. Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to noon. You can find more information onlineor by calling 205-781-0517.



Volunteer Opportunities in Plant Adventures Interested in helping adults with special needs to learn valuable life skills while working in The Gardens? Contact Brooke McMinn, Plant Adventures Program Specialist for The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, atbmcminn@bbgardens.orgor 205-414-3914 for more information on our volunteer opportunities!

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The Birmingham Fern Group meets each Thursday in the Fern Gladea

t Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Volunteers are needed from 9 - noon. If youinterested in joining, please contact

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