Volunteer for the Garden!
Become a Japanese Friendship Garden Ro Ho En volunteer and learn about Japanese gardens and culture. It is never considered "work" when you are among the friendly faces, joyous events, and serene beauty of the Garden.
We have plants to plant, leaves to rake, compost to spread! Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Regular, returning gardener volunteers have the opportunity to learn pruning skills, use of Japanese garden tools and fence-making.
Note to first-timers:
Complete the 3-page volunteer application (click here for the application).
E-mail the completed volunteer application to our volunteer coordinator .
Tell us which Saturday morning you’d like to start. Other days of the week are not available at this time.
Wait for a reply (welcoming message with the date, time, and tips for first-timers) before starting in the Garden.
Garden Ambassadors greet each visitor to the Garden and walk around the garden in all types of weather. (Shade is always available.) They commit to a 3-hour shift that repeats each week. (e.g. Every Sunday from 1:00-4:00.) The Ambassadors attend a 2-hour training session. This position is perfect for people who like to share their love of the Garden by chatting informally.
Volunteer docents (tour guides) are our most highly-trained volunteers. They go through a 15-hour training program to learn how to give guided tours of the Japanese Garden. They must be available on weekdays (Tues-Fridays, 10 AM - 4 PM.) Typically, docents serve 2-4 times a month, depending on the number of tours we have booked.
Special Event Volunteers
Our events are wonderful and steeped in culture and friendship. Set-up / take-down, scanning tickets, and everything in between, we can use your help. There are many tasks to an event. The best part is you will be having a great time while helping out! This volunteer position is best for people who are available evenings and weekends, and only want to volunteer occasionally.
All skill levels are welcome to join us in the office. Our office needs vary from front desk receptionist to data input, to mailing efforts. What can you do to help us? We would love to have you join us in calm office atmosphere! The office volunteer commits to a 3.5-hour shift that recurs each week (e.g. Every Friday from 12:30-4:00.) This position is best for volunteers who prefer to work indoors.
We are always happy to welcome a large group of volunteers to help with an event or a Saturday morning of gardening. If you are interested in bringing a large group (school class, club), please contact: