Plant Care

If you have a general interest in plants and love getting your hands dirty, then come join in the fun! You can help care for plants at the Conservatory or in Oak Park’s parks.

  • Horticultural Operations Volunteer
    • Volunteer behind the scenes in operations and the growing houses. Help grow and transplant plants for the gift shop, special events and showrooms. Duties may also include pruning, plant propagation and watering.
    • Time commitment: 2-3 hours weekly, Tuesday-Friday, year round

  • Plant Sale Grower
    • Assist in potting, transplanting flowers, vegetables and herbs sold at the annual Plant Sale held every May, as well as with plants for the parks.
    • Time commitment: 2 hours weekly, Tuesday-Friday, February-May

  • Outdoor Conservatory Maintenance Volunteer
    • Join the team in helping with our outdoor areas. These areas include the Garfield Street landscape, the Herbert M. Rubinstein Garden, the Discovery Garden and Bioswale on East Avenue.
    • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours weekly, Tuesday-Friday, seasonally

  • Showroom Maintenance Volunteer
    • Keep our showroom collections in tip-top shape! This volunteer opportunity includes pruning, sweeping and occasionally planting.
    • Time commitment: 2 hours weekly, 8am-10am, Tuesday-Friday, year round