Do you enjoy meeting people and learning new gardening skills, or just want to get out of the house and try something new? There are many ways you can get involved in volunteering with the RHSI.
The RHSI garden is being restored by volunteers. There is work to be done for all levels of fitness and knowledge:
No qualifications are required. If you have horticultural experience and would like to pass on your knowledge or practical advice to others, there will be lots of fellow volunteers anxious to learn from you. If you are just starting to garden then this is a place to learn. If you have a particular interest in some aspect of the garden e.g. fruit, vegetables, greenhouse plants, dahlias, shrubs, pruning, etc. we will do our best to suit you. All you need is enthusiasm and energy.
The volunteers are in the garden fortnightly from 10.30 am every second Wednesday and Saturday during January and February - then weekly from March. Workdays are 8, 12, 22 and 25 February. Just come along to the "log cabin" in the walled garden. There is no obligation to stay all day - just whatever suits you. We start with a cup of tea/coffee and review what has to be done. Please bring your own small tools if you have them, gloves, suitable footwear and a packed lunch.
For more information contact our Russborough volunteer coordinator, Gillian Davidson on 087 6689381 or at email@example.com. There is also information on the national volunteering website at www.volunteer.ie
Laurelmere Cottage lies hidden half way from the main car park in Marlay Park Rathfarnham, and the car park next the 'Big Playground' the opposite side of the park. From the Main car park, follow the path, bearing around right past the main house, continue inland 500 steps to a little bridge on your right and there lies Laurelmere Cottage.The RHSI offices are based in this beautifully restored cottage which comes with a half acre garden.
Following many years of neglect we are still on year 1 of developing the garden and woodland. Different opportunities are available from the Russborough Walled Garden and we plan to focus on bulbs, annuals, shrubs and small trees as well as shade and woodland planting. Volunteers are most welcome Monday mornings 10.30 to 1pm. Large tools are provided, bring your own small tools, gloves and heavy shoes.
There is an updated and freshly cataloged Horticultural library available to members for borrowing and the public for reading also open on Mondays. On the 'First Monday' of each month, lunchtime talks are given on a range of garden subjects with a light lunch following. Contact Cherry Sleeman 087 6793169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as practical gardening at Russborough or Laurelmere Cottage, RHSI member volunteers serve on committees, develop the social media presence, produce the journal, give talks and tours and look after the library and archive.
For more information on all volunteering roles please complete the form below or email email@example.com
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