Volunteer at a Living Museum: the Wellesley College Greenhouses

tour groupDo something fun and worthwhile – become a tour guide at Wellesley College’s Ferguson Greenhouses. Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens are offering a free three-session training course for volunteer tour guides on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon on October 30; November 6 and 13 at the Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Center. Instruction will be on the history of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the plants in the collection, and how to design and give tours of the greenhouses for specific visiting groups.

Pre-registration is required. Interested individuals can contact the Friends office at 781-283-3094 or email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.

Training for leading greenhouse tours will continue on January 29; February 5 and 12 from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. New docents are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

Whether greeting visitors, leading tours, performing garden maintenance tasks or hosting College events, volunteers are an essential part of the visitor’s greenhouse experience. Plants present a compelling combination of aesthetic appeal, natural wonders, scientific insight, and relevance to society, and volunteers delight in sharing their knowledge and love for this unique collection. There are social and learning benefits for volunteers, with hands-on training, monthly lectures, and opportunities to work with College faculty and horticultural staff. 


Recent and ongoing projects:

  • Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden
  • Molly's Garden
  • Climate Change Monitoring Garden
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Regeneration (Student Farm)


Student groups, departments and other individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact the Botanic Gardens if interested in collaborative events and projects, or learning more about ongoing work!