Volunteers play a crucial role in many aspects of UDBG activities and there is a place for people with all kinds of talent, skills, and interests. Volunteering at UDBG is a great way to interact with fellow plant lovers in pleasant surroundings and expand your gardening knowledge.

Read our Volunteer Profiles to see what they enjoy about volunteering at UDBG.

Look over the list below of volunteer opportunities to decide what interests you, then fill out our online application form.  Please note the times of our regularly scheduled volunteer sessions below.

If you have questions, please contact our Program Manager at 302-831-4188 or e-mail at emox@udel.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Projects/Maintenance

Volunteers will participate in plant and garden maintenance, project
installation, and plant sale preparation. Sessions are held most Thursdays, 9am – 11am

Production and Maintenance *FULL*

Help transplant and maintain plants in the nursery and greenhouse. Propagate plants from seeds and cuttings. Maintenance may include watering, weeding, and moving plant material. Sessions are held most Tuesdays, 9am – 11am.

Office Administration

Provide an extra-hand to staff with mailings and special event preparation. Staff will work with volunteers to arrange a suitable time.

Plant Sales

Join in the preparation and staffing of the annual plant sales. Preparation includes researching plant names, creating and printing plant image signs, and general sale preparation. Volunteers are always needed for our Annual Spring Plant Sale held Thursday – Saturday the last week of April. 

Education Program Assistance

Provide assistance for lectures, workshops, and special events. Includes staffing of information and registration tables at lectures, preparation and distribution of program and support materials. Volunteers may be contacted sporadically for assistance with events.


Capture the plants, gardens, and landscapes throughout the year with images to be used for UDBG educational and marketing purposes. Photographic equipment not provided. Staff will work with volunteers to arrange a suitable time.

Special Projects/Skills

Have a skill we failed to capture? E.g. Carpentry/Handiwork; Writing/Editing, Artistic Skills. We may have the perfect project for you.

Volunteer Profiles

Catherine Buckminster

Mary Gotsch

Joyce Miller

Dick Pelly

Keith Robertshaw