Garden Guide Training

Are you fascinated by plants and interested in learning more about them?
Do you enjoy interacting with people of all ages?
Have you ever wondered how this beautiful garden was created in the middle of Brooklyn?

Become a volunteer Garden Guide at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

The free training program is now accepting applicants.

Garden Guides are specially trained volunteers who provide interpretive tours for adults and families. Guides mainly plan and lead 60– to 90–minute tours of seasonal highlights, special topics, or specific areas of the Garden for adult groups and visitors. Tours take place Tuesday to Sunday.

The garden guide stops to give an explanation to those gathered around her
Katherine Patton, longtime Garden Guide, leads a fall foliage tour. Photo by Romi Ige

Since its founding, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been committed to teaching the importance of plants to visitors of all ages. Garden Guides support BBG’s mission of education, horticultural display, scientific research, community outreach, and conservation, and serve as important “ambassadors” of Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the visiting public.

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Contact Jeanine Poggioli, manager of Volunteers, at 718-623-7218 or [email protected].

Garden Guide
A Garden Guide takes BBG visitors on a tour of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond garden.
Garden Guide Refresher
Uli Lorimer, curator of BBG's Native Flora Garden, leads a tour for BBG's Garden Guides. Photo by Blanca Begert.
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