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ORGANIZATION: Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG) is a year-round, urban public Garden with 10 acres featuring eleven permanent display gardens, the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, and changing exhibits. The Botanical Garden is a place where a wide variety of living collections are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes.

Gardening Assistants work with CBG horticulture staff in maintaining and preserving the accessioned plants and horticultural displays throughout our outdoor gardens and indoor displays and exhibits, as well as assisting with new plant installations that enhance the beauty of our Cleveland Botanical Garden campus for years to come.

In a specialty garden opportunity, volunteers can focus on our Kitchen Garden. This is for volunteers with vegetable gardening experience. The Kitchen Garden is a teaching garden for high school students that are in the Excel TECC program during the school year and the Green Corps interns over the summer. The primary day to help in the Kitchen Garden is on Thursday mornings (could also do Wednesdays). During the summer, volunteers will work alongside the Green Corps students. As a bonus, Kitchen Garden volunteers can take some of the produce home with them (produce is also used to feed the animals in the Glasshouse and the students will also get some during their internship weeks).


  • Support staff and serve as a positive representative of Holden Forests & Gardens
  • Follow supervisor instructions to complete tasks
  • Assist with various gardening tasks, such as
    • Weeding
    • Deadheading
    • Seasonal bed clean up
    • Planting and dividing perennials
    • Applying mulch or compost
    • Raking
    • Planting grass
    • Pruning
    • Watering
    • Mowing
  • Ensure that all equipment is cleaned and put away in proper location
  • Maintain the safety of people, plants, and animals
  • Providing information, direction, and guidance to guests; encourage appropriate guest use of the grounds
  • Attend trainings, orientations, or clinics as required
  • Additional related tasks as needed


  • Well maintained garden spaces allow visitors to fully appreciate the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants
  • Further reduce pesticide usage by physically removing weeds and tending to gardens
  • Stewarding and caring for plants in our collection that are used now and in the future by Holden Forests & Gardens staff

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About Cleveland Botanical Garden


11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106, US

Mission Statement

Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.


Holden Forests & Gardens Cleveland Botanical Garden campus is a not-for-profit organization established to promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and gardening. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is committed to: - Providing information, education and training in horticulture, gardening, botany, floral arts, landscape design and horticultural therapy. - Offering to the public, for its use and enjoyment, collections of plants, display gardens, a horticultural library and facilities for meetings, programs and special events. - Promoting community interest and involvement in the beautification of the landscape and conservation of the environment.




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11030 East BoulevardCleveland, OH 44106



  • Gardening


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Shifts are 2-3 hours on Thursday mornings. Ideally volunteers can come weekly, but every other week works. The gardening season goes until mid-November.
  • New volunteers complete Holden Forests & Gardens online orientation, application, and training. Horticulture staff provide position training.

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