Linnaeus Volunteer Orientation

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The late Walt Helmerich, a passionate giver of his time, talent and fortune to Tulsa area non-profit groups remarked as we watched volunteers lead children through the Linnaeus Teaching Garden in Woodward Park: “You know,” he said, “you would be hard pressed to hire folks with that level of pride and enthusiasm.”

 Walt loved the beauty and serenity of the garden, but it was the friendly, can-do spirit of the garden’s three hundred plus Linnaeus Volunteers that captured his heart.  I feel the same way.  There would, in fact, be no Linnaeus Teaching Garden without volunteers.  The garden literally was designed with volunteers in mind.

 The guiding principal of the Linnaeus Volunteer Program is simply: operate the garden as a horticulture classroom to teach, motivate and inspire children, adults and seniors regarding the beauty and value of nature.

 If, therefore, you are interested in an amazing volunteer experience, consider the Linnaeus Volunteer Program.  Volunteer training is offered once each year, in the fall, and consists of thirteen weekly sessions.

 Training topics include: garden design, water gardening, butterfly gardening, soil fertility, fruit and veggie gardening, perennial and herb gardening, tree and shrub selection, insect and disease control, lawn care, basic botany and much more.

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 With the help of talented horticulturists and leaders from the nation’s horticulture industries, we teach volunteers how to become great gardeners and how to effectively share their love-of-gardening with the public.  Good news!  You need not be an experienced gardener before joining the Linnaeus Volunteer Program.  Linnaeus training transforms the brownest thumb into an emerald green thumb.  Here’s more good news: Linnaeus training is fun!  Trainees invariably make lots of new friends and hate to see fall training end. 

 Much of the training (lectures) takes place in the new and beautiful Helmerich Horticulture Classroom located on the Linnaeus Garden grounds.  But there is also lots of hands-on training in the gorgeous Teaching Garden.      

How to Become a Linnaeus Garden Volunteer:

Attend the free Linnaeus orientation set for Saturday, August 10th at 10am in the   Helmerich Horticulture Classroom located on the grounds of the Linnaeus Garden.  The garden is located in the southeast corner of Woodward Park, 21st and Peoria.  I will present a colorful PowerPoint presentation explaining what it’s like to go through Linnaeus training and what it’s like to volunteer at the garden.  

Orientation will take about one hour. A garden reception, with light refreshments, will follow orientation. Attend orientation and learn more about the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, the magnificent garden jewel in Woodward Park.

For more information, please call 918-576-5152.