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Central Gardens depends on volunteers to keep the grounds beautiful, welcome 18,000 plus annual visitors, help with events, assist with office tasks, and do a myriad of other jobs. We have many options that can help the Gardens remain vibrant while providing you with opportunities to meet other generous people and have great fun in the process! As one volunteer put it, “I started volunteering at the Gardens because I love flowers. Little did I know that I’d also grow a host of new friends!”

Volunteers at Central Gardens of North Iowa


Ways to Help Out


Keep the Grounds Beautiful

If gardening is your passion and you like to play in the dirt, you can help us with planting, watering, weeding, and pruning. We have over 35 volunteers who have adopted a specific garden and nurture it throughout the growing season. Others like to roam the grounds looking for wherever they can offer some TLC. Be on the Down and Dirty crew that works on Sunday or Wednesday early evenings doing routine garden and heavy lifting work. Use your handy man/woman skills for maintenance needs. Clean the Nature Education Pavilion periodically. Serve on the Design Committee. We’ve got choices! Children are welcome to come volunteer with adults as well!

Family at Central Gardens of North Iowa

Support Children’s Programming

Are you a nature lover who enjoys engaging with children? Then the Kids Discovery Garden activities are a wonderful place for you to help. Every Friday in the summer months we have themed activities for kids ages 2-10 and a Growing Green Gardeners Club for older aspiring horticulturalists that need adults to help guide the learning.


Help with our Signature Events

Calling all social butterflies! If you don’t have a green thumb but appreciate what the Gardens has to offer, we have a number of other ways you can be of service. There are four events that have become hallmarks of the Gardens for which we need planning support and actual hands-on help: the Plant Sale and Gardening Fair in May, the Fresh on Fridays bouquet sales that begin in June and continue through the end of August, the Summer Garden Party (a major fundraiser for us) and the Fiesta in the Gardens that celebrates Latino culture.


Get Involved with our Many Events

All of our numerous summer events are planned and staffed by volunteers. We plan and host more than 50 events to our patrons, all free of charge! They include Patio coffees on Fridays in the summer, Golf croquet (new this year), Picnics and Performances Sunday night concerts, an inter-generational garden experience for children and elders, Plein Air (outdoor painting) contest, Movement Saturdays, short-term exhibits, and more!

Promote the Gardens and Memberships

We welcome over 18,000 guests annually to the Gardens, and we’re always interested in bringing in more people, so marketing the wonders of Central Gardens in a variety of venues is a great volunteer opportunity. We also depend upon memberships to continue to beautify the grounds and offer our many events. Recruiting new supporters is critical.

Office Work

There are always “behind the scenes” office tasks to help with, such as mailing our newsletter, addressing invitations, stuffing envelopes, and personalizing solicitation letters and other mailings that help make the Gardens function efficiently. There’s plenty to do!

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Join Us

Whether you can spare an hour a week or an hour a day, know that we welcome your gifts of time and talent. If you are interested in joining our team and helping out, fill out the form below to connect with our director of operations!