Volunteer Opportunities

We need YOU. I hope you will consider volunteering with GPPA, because itís fun to volunteer with others who share your love of gardening, itís fun to get to know each other better, and we always need volunteers! You cannot imagine what the rewards will be or how they will benefit you. There are several volunteer opportunities open now, including:

Atlanta History Center Gardening Team - This group, which will be led by AHC Horticulturist and GPPA member Rosemary Bathurst or AHC Curator Valerie VanSweden, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. However, there are also workdays on Mondays, the other Tuesdays of the month, and Thursdays. The winter hours are 9 am until noon and the summer hours are 8 am until 11 am. Volunteers should wear gardening clothes, bring their own gardening gloves, knee pads and, if you wish, hand pruners, although tools are provided when needed.

The GPPA team works in the garden at the historic Tullie-Smith Farm House and in the Quarry garden. Our duties include mulching, weeding, pruning, deadheading and sharing of gardening knowledge, both native and non-native. This is always educational and fun, and our volunteer work there enables us to pay less rent for our meetings, which enables us to keep our dues low.

We need your help and encourage you to join us, whether on a regular basis or when you are able. If you are coming on the first or third Tuesdays, just meet at the gardens office (after parking in the deck, walk through the arbor entrance to the gardens and follow the sidewalk to the donor sign for the Tullie-Smith Farm, then follow that path to the building where the gardens office is). If you are coming on any other days, please first contact Valerie VanSweden, vvansweden@atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4072. And, for more information please contact Valerie or Paula White (president@georgiaperennial.org or 240-505-0598).

The Inspired Gardener Symposium - We need volunteers in various capacities: helping with the silent auction (contacting prospective donors, picking up items, setting up the auction the day before, and distributing items after the auction); and helping with registration and in other capacities on the day of the symposium.

If you have a retail background - Once or twice a year we have situations (like the cashiering portion of the silent auction) when your skills would be particularly helpful.

Helping at meetings - We need a few volunteers to serve refreshments at meetings. This involves picking up some drinks beforehand (youíll be reimbursed) and getting to the meeting a little early to set up the table.

If youíd like to volunteer in some capacity, please contact me at president@georgiaperennial.org or 240-505-0598. Thanks!

~Paula

A Few of the Many GPPA Volunteers in Action