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ORGANIZATION: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

  • 27 people are interested
Formal Garden
The Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Garden is just one of the many gardens volunteers have an opportunity to explore as they help maintain this historic and educational space.

March - November

Please visit https://ambler.temple.edu/become-ambler-arboretum-volunteer to fill out a volunteer interst form.

We are seeking skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to adopt various gardens throughout the arboretum for care and maintenance underneath the supervision of Arboretum staff. Volunteers with previous experience volunteering in public gardens or who have worked in the horticulture industry are being sought to help maintain the various garden areas throughout the Temple University Ambler Arboretum.

The schedule is flexible and the volunteer will get to know the garden throughout the seasons, working with Arboretum staff to determine a plan of action, goals and weekly activities in the space.

Gardens to choose from include:

The Viola Anders Herb Garden
The Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Garden
The Woodland Garden
The Ground Cover Garden
The Formal Native Plant Garden
The Louise Stein Fisher Garden (dwarf evergreens)
The Albright Winter Garden
The Colibraro Conifer Garden
The Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden
The Sustainable Wetland Garden

Please contact us to schedule a tour of the spaces and to discuss volunteer needs and expectations within each garden.

Currently, volunteer opportunities are available only to persons ages 18 and over.

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About Ambler Arboretum of Temple University


580 Meetinghouse Road, Administration Building, Ambler, PA 19002, US

Mission Statement

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University is an educational resource modeling the art and science of horticulture and environmental responsibility while fostering research, celebrating the achievements of women in horticulture, preserving the historic significance of the campus and highlighting the health benefits of nature, plants and gardening.


On September 1, 2021 the Ambler Arboretum was struck by a confirmed EF2 Tornado that was spawned from Hurricane Ida. The damage to the arboretum's collections was catastrophic. The Arboretum lost more than 500 trees within its cultivated areas and many more in the natural woodland areas. Volunteering at this time is focused on the recovery and rebuilding from this disaster.

Temple University Ambler has a long history of horticulture and landscape design. Established as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1910, the 187-acre campus represents a unique mix of natural and designed landscapes. The gardens serve as excellent outdoor learning laboratories for numerous classes and as a source of inspiration for the campus and local communities.

The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University has a diverse range of learning gardens, from formal perennial gardens to a green roof garden, which provide a rich diversity of garden experiences.


Education & Literacy
Education & Literacy, Environment, Women


We'll work with your schedule.


Temple University Ambler Arboretum508 Meetinghouse RdAmbler, PA 19002



  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Variable

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