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The greenhouse needs volunteers to keep it running. There is always work to be done to keep the 2,000 plus plants happy and healthy. Being part of the Friends of the Greenhouse club is not only fun and rewarding but very educational. The greenhouse manager Martin Grantham sets students up with projects giving very detailed instruction and guidance. This is a great opportunity to learn the intricacies of plant maintenance.

Typical volunteer work includes transplanting, potting up young plants, preparing plants for the sale, grooming plants, tagging plants, database entry of plants, watering, making soil mixtures that are plant specific from all the soil amendments, general greenhouse upkeep. With every project there is an opportunity to learn!

For the volunteers and club members we have special events and workshops that are fun, informative and often hands-on. We currently are sowing fern spores and will learn how to take the plant from spore to plant. This is an incredibly complex project and will require several dedicated volunteers to maintain the ferns as they grow. If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Greenhouse Club and being part of this or other exciting projects, please let us know!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Allison Johnson permalink
    August 17, 2009 4:04 pm

    I am very interested in volunteering this next semester. How do I go about getting involved?

  2. Sarah Laraway permalink
    August 18, 2009 9:28 am

    I’m a Biology/Zoology Senior starting classes this Fall and would like to help volunteer. Please let me know where and when you need help.


    • marhoot permalink*
      September 11, 2009 7:05 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      The best way to get involved is to come to a FOTGH meeting which are held at the Science Building GH next to the Science Building on Wednesday Afternoons from 3 to 5 PM.
      Thanks for your interest,

      • Carly Bott permalink
        April 9, 2011 8:50 am

        Is it ok to come to a meeting mid-semester? Also, I have class from 1-4 on Wednesdays, would it be ok to drop in for the last hour or should I just hold off until I get a better schedule?

  3. Sheena Miraftabi permalink
    August 29, 2009 10:06 am

    Hi this sounds really cool and fun. Let me know how to get involed because I am totally down.

    • marhoot permalink*
      September 11, 2009 7:07 pm

      Hi Sheena,
      The best way to get involved is to come to a FOTGH meeting which are held at the Science Building GH next to the Science Building on Wednesday Afternoons from 3 to 5 PM. Hope to see you at the next one on Sept. 16!
      Thanks for your interest,

  4. Lauren Gillespie permalink
    September 2, 2009 8:36 am

    I am a Biology/Botany major and would be extremely happy to help out in the greenhouse. I went to the pineapple tasting last thursday and left my information. Is there a certain time that you need volunteers, because i am free monday, wednesday, and friday from 9:00am to 11:00am and possibly some days on tuesday and thursday depending on how my schedule works out. Please contact me and let me know, I would love to start helping as soon as possible.

    • marhoot permalink*
      September 11, 2009 7:14 pm

      Hi Lauren,
      Unfortunately the Greenhouse Manager is usually available for volunteers only in the afternoon. I see in a later message of yours that you are available Tues. and Thrs. from 11 AM to 2 PM and that might work. Email me at and see if we can arrange a project for you next week.

  5. Lauren Gillespie permalink
    September 2, 2009 5:00 pm

    I’m a sophomore Botany major and am extremely interested in volunteering to help out in the greenhouse. I’m free mon, wed, fri 9:00-11:00 and tues, thurs 11:00-2:00. Let me know what you need and what i can do to help.

  6. Leana permalink
    September 30, 2009 2:15 pm

    Hi there,
    I’d love to be involved as a volunteer in the greenhouse but I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to next Wednesday’s meeting (and I’m at home sick with the flu for this one.) Is there any way I can come in and help out before then? Thanks!

  7. Sueko permalink
    January 28, 2010 4:02 pm

    Thank you for the winter cactus, whenever you want to sell plants for a $1, I will be happy to buy them from you.
    I would like to volunteer to help in the greenhouse. I have a very busy schedule, but I have some time on Wednesday afternoon. See you then I hope.


  8. maria permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:06 am

    hi, i will like to know more about the FOTGH
    meetings ( day. time, place)

  9. Kristin permalink
    March 6, 2010 8:58 am

    I know it’s late in the year but I’d love to get involved. Are you guys still having meetings?

  10. Mikhail Kornievsky permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:11 pm

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact mischa

    949 701 0909 or at

  11. Kayla Sweeten permalink*
    September 11, 2010 8:23 pm

    I am planning to major in Botany, and I am very interested in volunteering. Are the activities and meeting times the same this semester? I would love to help in any way that I can.

  12. Robert Tom permalink
    September 28, 2010 1:10 pm

    Hi, I’m a zoology major Sophomore and I would love to get involved with all of these interesting plants that you have there, how can I get more involved this semseter? When does the club meet?

  13. Conor Bondi and Bryce Hills permalink
    March 7, 2011 3:43 pm

    Hey we have been looking to volunteer in the green house this semester and would love to help out. We are currently enrolled in World of Plants which got me interested in checking out the green house in the first place. Just let us know if you guys want some extra help.

    • marhoot permalink*
      March 23, 2011 11:56 pm

      Thanks Conor and Bryce for stopping by a while back. Seems midterms are causing a little pause in FOTGH activities! I will be in over break if you will be around and want a project. Mon., Tue., Wed, and Fri. afternoons.
      Good luck with your midterms!

  14. Dave Gomberg permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:54 am

    I couldn’t find anywhere else to post this: I have a weeding job, ideal for a horticulture student, about 4-8 hours, inner sunset, contact info at

  15. pam axelson permalink
    July 26, 2011 9:21 am

    Hello, I’d like to be part of the google group. Thanks.

  16. Maria permalink
    September 6, 2012 2:54 pm

    Hello , I am very interested in joining the club this semester. I missed the first meeting is there another meeting coming up ? thanks

  17. Liane Chabansky permalink
    October 1, 2012 2:49 pm

    Hello! I’m Liane, a second year Botany major looking to get involved in the Greenhouse and other Botanical organizations. When/Where do you have meetings? I’d like to volunteer and meet you all!

  18. April 15, 2015 8:16 pm

    My name is Avery and I am a reporter with Xpress, I would love to include a section profiling FOTGH in an article I am working on for the paper. I know this is short notice, but would anyone involved with FOTGH be available to speak with me tomorrow? If no one is available to meet in person maybe we could do a quick interview over the phone or thru email?
    Thank you,
    Avery Peterson

    • rebecca c. permalink*
      May 12, 2015 10:34 am

      Hi Avery,

      I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. Let me know if you are still interested in doing a story, and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

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