Posted on

Volunteering at Peckerwood Garden

We strongly value our volunteers who make significant contribution to the beautification and function of Peckerwood Garden. Their tireless efforts truly make a huge difference!

Volunteer Functions

  • Weed the area around the office.
  • Water the greenhouses.
  • Plant around the office.
  • Lead or assist on tours (requires training).
  • Prepare snacks for events.
  • Assist the office manager with clerical tasks.
  • Clear undeveloped property.
  • Perform basic carpentry.

Days

Volunteers work Tuesday and sometimes Friday, but days are flexible.

How to Become Involved

Volunteer Form

 

To inquire about volunteering call 979.826.3232 or email info@peckerwoodgarden.org.

Posted on

Monthly Training

Volunteers, join us to deepen your knowledge of Peckerwood Garden and the specific collections housed here!

 

Our volunteers are a key part of our work and development and these monthly training sessions allow you to develop your knowledge, connection, and experience.  Join us each month for these docent training sessions.
Peckerwood Garden has been widely acclaimed for design originality, the breadth of its collections, and its education and conservation programs. Learning about these collections is an ongoing process and an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge of plants, design, Peckerwood Garden, and more.


Volunteers and Docents register here.

Guests, please call 979-826-3232 or email eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org for availability.

These monthly sessions are open to all active volunteers. Maps, notes, outlines, and digital files will be available.

Contact Bethany Jordan with questions at bethany@peckerwoodgarden.org or at 979-826-3232.


Members may join us if space is available for $15 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Call 979-826-3232 or email eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org

Please note this is not a casual tour but a focused class on a single topic and class size is limited to 15.


 

About the Classes.
The class will be 1.5-2 hours and will focus on a specific topic. The goal is to deepen your understanding of that specific topic and develop your ability to share that information. These are in-depth sessions, not casual tours.
What happens after?
After these classes, volunteers may assist a docent as Second for tours on Open Day or for private tours. Volunteers may continue training to become a full docent. If interested ask Adam or Bethany.
Silene regia in the rockery
You can be a Docent.
Interested people should not feel intimidated by the subject matter or breadth of information, these are education. This is a process and is about enjoyable but educational tours. Speak with Adam or Bethany if interested.

 


Visit the Calendar for the current Peckerwood Garden Events


A Docent is a teacher, serving Peckerwood Garden and the community in the field of education. Docents are knowledgeable, enthusiastic people who act as liaisons between the Garden and the general public. Docents facilitate personal interaction, education, and enrichment between Garden visitors and the garden, artwork, specimens. They develop expertise through ongoing training, research, and education.


 

 

Posted on

New Docent Training

 New Docent Training for Peckerwood Garden will be scheduled for Winter soon. Join us for 2 Winter new docent classes TBD.

 Register at: TBD

(email if interested in participating when scheduled)

 

Take a Leadership Role at Peckerwood Garden!

Peckerwood Garden has been widely acclaimed for design originality, the breadth of its collections, and its education and conservation programs. The garden features an extraordinary variety of plants that are well-suited to Houston and Austin area climates, including Pinus, magnolia, agave, prunus, Camellia, Quercus, and many other species collected by John Fairey and his colleagues during their plant expeditions in Mexico.
Peckerwood Garden is open for tours in part to raise funds to sustain the garden, continue our plant research, and our desire to share our collection of plants with like minded, interested people. Tour groups may consist of horticultural groups, garden clubs, art groups and/or any interested parties – on Open Days we get a wide range of interests.

 
About the Classes.
The class will be 2 hours and will teach the basics, including key locations, key points in history, key plants. Part will be classroom and part will be in the garden.
 
What happens after?
After these 2 classes, you will assist a primary docent as Second for a minimum 3 tours in Spring and will attend at least 2 of monthly sessions before leading part of a tour.
 
You can be a Docent.
Interested people should not feel intimidated by the subject matter or breadth of information. This is a process and is about enjoyable but educational tours.

Focused training will follow in monthly sessions that are open to all active volunteers. Maps, notes, outlines, and digital files will be available for your use.  Contact Bethany Jordan with questions at bethany@peckerwoodgarden.org or at 979-826-3232.

A Docent is a teacher, serving Peckerwood Garden and the community in the field of education. Docents are knowledgeable, enthusiastic people who act as liaisons between the Garden and the general public. Docents facilitate personal interaction, education, and enrichment between Garden visitors and the garden, artwork, specimens. They develop expertise through ongoing training, research, and education.

Posted on

Docent Training led by Peckerwood Garden Founder John Fairey

Please join us and train as a tour guide/docent for Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation. The three-session program will be held February 21, February 28, and March 7: training begins at 11 am.

These training sessions will be 1.5 to 2 hours each, covering a section of the garden each day. Focused training is available if you have special garden areas you are interested in. John Fairey will be your instructor for all three classes. Documents will be provided for review and questions are welcomed.

RSVP to Bethany Jordan or by phone at 979-826-3232. Please provide details on your particular garden/plant interests as well as availability for tours after training. If heavy rain is forecast, training will be moved out one week later from the original scheduled date.

Limited space available, additional sessions will be scheduled at a later date if filled.

Active Volunteers receive a 20% discount on plant purchases.