Get Involved

Many aspects of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program are the result of the hard work of volunteers. From recruiting or nominating gardens for the program to sharing their own, volunteers are the essence of Open Days.

If you are interested in volunteering, there are many ways you can contribute your time and support.

Organize an Open Day

Our Regional Ambassadors recruit many of the gardens that participate in the program each year. They work with Open Days staff to design their Open Days to introduce the public to examples of the best private gardens in America.

Email or call us at 845.424.6502 for more information.

Share your garden

Each year hundreds of exceptional gardens are selected to participate in Open Days. To nominate your garden or another garden you know to be a part of the program, download a Garden Nomination Form, e-mail us, or call 845.424.6502 to request that a nomination form be sent to you.

Garden Hosts enjoy interacting with visitors of different gardening experiences and often remark on the exchange of ideas that the program fosters.                                            

Greet Guests

There are opportunities for volunteers to spend a day greeting visitors during Open Days. Responsibilities include welcoming visitors and checking their names off the door list, answering questions about the Garden Conservancy, the Open Day garden, and giving parking directions and information about nearby facilities. If you are interested in serving in this capacity or learning more about this opportunity, email us, or call 845.424.6502.

We also partner with some terrific public gardens and nonprofit organizations around the country, garden businesses, and professionals in the gardening and design community.

Email us to find out more about thiese opportunities.


Open Days FAQs

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Pictured (left to right): Open Days Public Program and Education Associate Philllip Carruthers, Open Days Program Manager Amy Murray, Director of Public Programs & Education Horatio Joyce

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