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Volunteer Oppertunities

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, please contact the
Friends of Bush Gardens Volunteer Coordinator:
Joe Alexander | 971-301-8988

Plant Sales:

Two yearly plant sales are our main source of income.  These sales occur the third weekend in April and the third full weekend in July (Salem Art Fair and Festival).  The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Plant Sale Manager
(Gretchen Carnaby) 

Poster distribution team

Plant pulling team
‘Pulling’ and pricing plants prior to sale.

Plant Sale Coordinator 1
(structural set-up & take-down)

Structural set-up crew
(pick-up trucks needed)

Structural take-down crew

Plant Sale Coordinator 2
(helping order and reorder plants)

Sign maker
improves signage to help sell plants

Plant Sale Attendants

adds up sales and making change

Cashier’s helper
pulls tags and organizes them for cashier

Holding Area
receives, safeguards, and delivers plants

Customer Service
greets the public and acquaints them with
the layout and details of the plant sale.

Plant Sale security team
provides security presence in the evening and early morning hours (Spring Plant Sale only



Education Opportunities

Join our Tuesday morning gardeners to learn about horticultural techniques, garden design, and participate in lively discussions on current gardening topics. 

Our Rose Garden Committee is currently working with local Rose Consultant, Mark Lindsey, in reorganizing the collections to better serve the public.  Learn about rose culture, the best roses for show in a public setting, and varieties that will expand our collection to better serve as a teaching tool.

On approximately the third Saturday in February a rose pruning demonstration and workshop is held in the Municipal Rose Gardens from 8am to 12 noon.  This project is overseen by the City of Salem Parks.  The demonstration is followed by an opportunity to practice one’s skill on pruning the roses in the park and thereby helping maintain the rose collection.  Anyone knowledgeable about rose pruning is welcome to come and participate.  We need all the help we can get.  For more information, please contact Tibby Larson at talarson@cityofsalem.net

Ongoing Volunteer Activities


Tuesday morning gardeners
plant and maintain the mixed borders in Bush’s Pasture Park, learn proper horticultural and garden design techniques, and enjoy the company of other like-minded folks.   Each session includes a coffee break and many are followed by SLIGs (sack lunch in a garden) at local private gardens or nurseries.  One or two daylong excursions are planned each year. 

Greenhouse curator and assistant curator
maintain the plant collection and interior of the historic Bush Conservatory. 

Naming Project Committee
assists in the identification and labeling of the Lord & Schryver Flowering Trees in the NW corner of Bush’s Pasture Park.

Rose Garden Committee
oversees the projects in the various rose gardens including the hybrid tea/floribunda and Tartar Old Rose collections.

Rose Garden Volunteers
adopt a bed of roses and tend the selected bed(s) during the blooming season. “Deadhead” roses (remove spent blooms) and weed the bed to help our marvelous rose collection thrive.

Technical Volunteer
helps maintain the FOBG database, and updates and maintains the FOBG website and facebook page.

Garden Tour Docents
give tours of Bush’s Pasture Park, including the evolution of the cultural landscape and various flower gardens.

General Carpenter
aids in the construction of structures needed in the park and for the plant sales


Dead-headers Wanted to Adopt Rose Beds

During summer and early fall when the roses are blooming, spent flowers must be removed for the plant to continue blooming.  Salem Parks is looking for volunteers who are willing to commit to one season of dead-heading roses at Bush’s Pasture Park.  Individuals, couples, families, and friends are encouraged to volunteer.  Some may want to adopt two or three beds, others may choose to care for more.  Volunteers will receive an initial lesson in dead-heading and will then care for their adopted bed(s) at their leisure.  Dead-heading must be performed when the roses begin to bloom in June and continue weekly through early October.

If you would like to learn more about being a volunteer dead-header at Bush’s Pasture Park, please contact Tibby Larson at talarson@cityofsalem.net or 503-589-2197

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