The bloom board kiosk lets visitors know what’s in bloom that week. Photographs of the plants in bloom are identified by their common and Latin names. Bloom board volunteers update the board every week. First, they walk through the Garden and check off which plants are blooming on a bloom board checklist. Next, they obtain photos of those plants from our files and place them on the bloom board. They also remove photos of plants no longer in bloom and file them in the photo boxes.Responsibilities
- Volunteers update the bloom board for 3-4 weeks per season.
- Volunteers usually work in pairs and may request a specific partner. They may also choose to work by themselves. Volunteers arrange the time to walk the Garden according to their schedules and the weather. This must also be a day that the Education Building is open (i.e. Monday to Friday).
- The bloom board should be updated before Saturday of each week. In the event that volunteers are unable to make it to their scheduled work day(s) they are responsible for finding their own bloom board volunteer replacements (e.g. they can swap weeks with another volunteer).
Some familiarity with native plant identification is helpful and will speed up the time needed to ID plants. Depending on the week, the entire bloom-board process can take from 1 ½ -3 hours.Commitment
Bloom Board volunteers must commit to working at 3-4 weeks a season.Training
Experienced bloom board volunteers provide on-the-job training for new volunteers.Benefits
The process of keeping the bloom board up-to-date provides a way of seeing the Garden at different times of the growing season. Special programs are offered to volunteers, ranging from garden tours to slide presentations and lectures at brown-bag lunches.
- Environmental Education
- Basic Computer Skills
- Data Entry
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- must commit to working at 3-4 weeks a season
- Experienced bloom board volunteers provide on-the-job training for new volunteers.