a volunteer giving a greenhouse tourVolunteers are one of the Friends' most valuable resources. Our organization is blessed with people who give their time and energy to aid us in achieving our goals. Through their dedication, the Friends are constantly stretching and redefining our efforts to bring horticulture to the college and community.

Volunteers aid the Botanic Gardens:

  • As docents who give tours of the greenhouses or botanic gardens.
  • As children's program coordinators who work on kids' activities in the Visitor Center.
  • As hosts who welcome attendees during College community events.
  • As participants in special projects in areas of exhibit interpretation.
  • As gardeners who assist WCBG staff with garden maintenance tasks.

Volunteers receive the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to volunteer in beautiful surroundings with people of similar interests.
  • Monthly meetings to socialize and learn more about plants.
  • Permission to audit the Wellesley College course "Environmental Horticulture" during the Spring Term.
  • Invitations to special volunteer field trips, luncheons, and holiday gatherings.
  • Use of the WCBG Friends Library in the Visitor Center.

2013-2014 Docent Training Schedule:

Training for Leading Tours of the Greenhouses
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon on
Nov 8, 15, 22, 2013
Jan 31; Feb 7, 14, 2014

Learn how to share the wonders of our collections under glass. Instruction will be on the history of the Botanic Gardens, the plants in the collection, and how to design and give tours of the Ferguson Greenhouses for specific visiting groups. New docents are expected to attend all six sessions.

Training for Leading Tours of the Outdoor Gardens
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon on
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014

A course in giving tours of Wellesley College's Alexandra Botanic Garden and Hunnewell Arboretum. You will learn identification tips for the various woody specimens in the Botanic Gardens, along with some special tree stories. Join us for some fun and educational walks through the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens at a glorious time of year. New docents are expected to attend all four sessions.

Pre-registration is required for all docent training courses. Contact the Friends office at 781-283-3094 x4 or email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.

Docent training is offered free of charge to to volunteers who agree to lead 5 tours during the academic year.