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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Farandnear Garden Team

Farandnear Garden Team Overview We are looking for volunteers to join the Farandnear Garden Team in Shirley! Farandnear was the summer home of Arthur Banks – an accomplished political scientist and professor – and is now managed by the Trustees of Reservations. Farandnear is truly a special place, home to a pinetum full of more than 80 conifer trees, 2.7 miles of wooded trails, huge hemlocks and beautiful perennial garden beds. We need your help to maintain these gorgeous grounds, gardens and conifers. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone with some gardening skills and experience, but mostly someone with a passion and interest in plants and conifers and looking to give back and be part of this special arboretum. Responsibilities • Assisting in the general care of the conifer collection • Assisting in efforts to maintain and improve the perennial flower beds • Repetitive garden tasks such as watering, weeding, mulching, and pruning • Maintaining clean edge on existing garden and pinetum beds • Noting and reporting any plant, tree, shrub, or area that needs special attention • Interacting with Farandnear visitors in a friendly manner • And representing the Trustees in a professional, friendly and inviting manner • Reporting volunteer service hours in a timely fashion • Communicating with Trustees stewardship staff, Farandnear lead garden volunteers and Trustees Volunteer Coordinator. Qualifications • Enthusiastic about plants and gardening, especially conifers • Interested in learning about Farandnear, the gardens and the conifer collection • Interest in performing general gardening practices, including repetitive tasks such as weeding and watering and pruning. • Able to identify plants and trees is a plus • Ability to work with Trustees staff and other volunteers • Ability to work independently • Able to interact with visitors in a friendly manner • Able to use garden tools, including wheelbarrows, edger, trowels, shovels, pruners • Able to work outdoors in varying seasonal weather conditions • Able to bend, stoop, dig, lift over 15lbs • Flexible schedule, allowing for consistent volunteering at the property Time Commitment Approximately 2-4 hours per week from April – November To Apply Contact Marc Mahan, Trustees Volunteer Coordinator at mmahan@thetrustees.org

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