Join a Garden
We advise you to spend time walking around your neighborhood (or the one you'd like to garden in) and checking out existing gardens. Make note of their names, locations, open hours and public event postings. You can also visit our garden map page and locate gardens in your neighborhood using our interactive mapping system.
Visit the garden during open hours or an event. Introduce yourself to gardeners and ask about the process of being involved with that space – it could be joining a core garden group or specific sub committees, signing up for a bed on a waiting list, or hosting open hours. Each garden is unique in how it is organized and run and the membership process reflects that. Overall, it requires patience and willingness to learn from citizen volunteers that have been stewarding gardens over the last 30 years.
You can also call our office at (212) 602-5300 or email us and we will be happy to give you contact information.
GreenThumb's "Help a Garden Grow" Volunteer Program Seeks Volunteers for Garden Projects
Join hands with GreenThumb gardeners across the city with your corporate, school, or other community group as a volunteer for one or multiple days! Volunteer groups can help strengthen community gardens by weeding, spreading woodchips, planting flowers, bulbs or shrubs, hosting garden clean-ups, building raised beds, providing general maintenance within the gardens, and other special projects. By working with gardens, volunteers can participate in sustainability, valuable placekeeping, and enriching the cultural fabric of NYC.
For more information or to volunteer with your group at a GreenThumb garden, contact Project and Design Coordinator Babbie Dunnington at Babbie.Dunnington@parks.nyc.gov or at (212) 602-5330.
GreenThumb gardens can request a volunteer workday by contacting their outreach coordinator. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 602-5300.
Additionally, the Mayor's office has a website strictly devoted to volunteering. Visit the NYC Service website to search for community gardens looking for volunteers.