Tulsa Botanic Garden wants you to get your hands dirty

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Botanic Garden is looking for volunteers to help take down holiday lights and prepare for workshops in the spring.

Lori Hutson, the director of communication outreach at Tulsa Botanic Garden, said that while their plants lie dormant, there are a lot of things going on at the garden.

“Our staff is always busy preparing for the next season,” said Hutson.

She said you don’t need any experience to volunteer at the garden, and it’s a good opportunity to learn from the staff’s horticulturalists about plant care.

“It’s a great way to get your hands dirty and learn as you go,” said Hutson.

Volunteering opportunities include putting materials together into kits for upcoming workshops, like their orchid living arrangement workshop on Feb. 5.

Seed starting workshops start in late February and go through March. Hutson said they’re a great way to get started with your gardening early.

“Volunteers can help out here with repotting and planting seeds to grow,” Hutson said.

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“Sometimes it’s really fun to do those tasks that don’t take a lot of brain work, but it’s really stress relieving and something different,” said Hutson. “And a beautiful environment to do it in.”

A perk of volunteering is getting to see everything in the greenhouse, because the public isn’t permitted inside, but volunteers are.

The garden is also preparing for their spring plant sale that helps raise money for the garden.

The sale is online and features a variety of plants including ones you don’t typically see in big box stores. They’re also growing more house plants for customers.

Anyone interested in volunteering can go to tulsabotanic.org and find information about volunteering and requirements. Once the volunteering form is filled out, you’ll get an email about upcoming volunteer opportunities.