Volunteer Opportunities

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens has a broad range of volunteer opportunities for gardeners of all experience and ability levels. There's a place for everybody! We are always looking for tour guides, help with single-day events, green roof maintenance, help in our gardens, and more. Most garden-related volunteer opportunities begin in April and end in October. 


In 2020, our weekly volunteer sessions will begin on April 7th.  The following list includes our weekly garden-related volunteer sessions and typical meeting times.  

To learn more, please e-mail Julia Wilson, Program Coordinator, at Wilson.4615@osu.edu.

  • Lane Avenue Gardens, Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Volunteers will provide garden maintenance, seasonal color changeouts, and curation of our Van Wade Hosta Collection; Forget Me Not Garden, Labyrinth Garden, Lane Avenue and Fyffe Road corner, and trellis entrance gardens. Lead by Horticulturist Pam Poeth and Volunteer Cookie O’Neal. 

  • Lane Avenue Gardens/Arboretum North afternoon session, Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Volunteers will assist with horticulture projects as they arise, focusing on our conifer collection, container plantings, the Phenology Research Garden, and the Arboretum North site. Led by Horticulturists Pam Poeth and Sean Barnes. 

  • Horticulture Therapy Program, Tuesdays 9:00 – 12:00 noon
    Volunteers will work with adult gardeners who have developmental disabilities. 
    Email program coordinator Joe Lansing to join this team: toborjl@sbcglobal.net 

  • Learning Gardens: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Volunteers will maintain the herbaceous and woody collections in our highly visited Learning Gardens. Led by horticulturist Pam Poeth. 

  • Plant Collection Mapping and Inventory: Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    This group works to verify and inventory plants in our collections. This group also prepares and installs accession tags and labels. Plant identification skills and attention to detail are preferred.