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Each year volunteers provide essential help in the Peony Garden. In 2016, volunteers are needed for two kinds of work: Ambassadors and Garden Teams.

Peony Ambassadors

Help us show people the wonders of the Peony Garden! Ambassadors will learn about the largest public collection of heirloom herbaceous peony cultivars in North America. Ambassadors greet and guide visitors to points of interest in the peony garden during peak bloom season. Ideal volunteers will have good 'people skills, a genuine interest in the collection and an ability to work independently with a diverse array of visitors. To join the team, you must attend the Peony Ambassador Training.  

Peony Ambassador Training

Tues., April 26, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at the Nichols Arboretum's Reader Center (see Directions for map, public transportation, and the limited parking options.) 

The training session includes an overview of the peony collection's history, horticultural basics and tips for working with the public. Evening and weekend shifts available from late May into June.

Volunteer Garden Teams at Nichols

Enjoy the beautiful natural setting of the Arb as you help maintain the horticultural collections featured at the Washington Heights entrance including the Peony Garden, Gateway Garden, Laurel Ridge, and heirloom climbing roses. Volunteer workdays for 2016 are Monday and Friday from 9 am to noon during the growing season (April – October).

All new volunteers to the Nichols Arboretum or Matthaei Botanical Gardens should register for a new volunteer orientation. To register for a new volunteer orientation please click here.

For more information about other volunteer opportunities at the Matthaei-Nichols, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page

If you have any further questions please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Yousef Rabhi, at