Docent Program

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Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden
Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 10
9:30 am – 1 pm

Gain in-depth knowledge about the unique collection of plants at this 37-acre botanic wonderland. Meet others who share your interest in the natural world, while learning from experts in a variety of specialties. Experience the satisfaction and personal accomplishment that comes from making a commitment to such a stimulating and worthwhile organization.

Docent activities include planning and working on special events, volunteering in garden beautification, and helping the Garden run smoothly. Docents are also encouraged (but not required) to lead garden tours. To each of these activities docents bring valuable leadership made possible only through this specialized training.

Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:

September 10 Orientation to Docent Program and SDGB
September 24 Botany Boot camp
October 8 Mediterranean Climate Gardens
October 22 Trees in the Garden and the Herb Garden
November 5 Bamboo and Tropical Fruit Garden
November 19 California Natives and Firescapes
December 3 Succulents
December 17 Palms and Cycads

Space is limited, so start today by contacting Operations Manager Allison Nye at [email protected] or 760/ 436-3036 x206 to add your name to the roster. For more specific information, contact Docent Training Coordinator Linda Stewart at [email protected] or 858/ 488-8234.

Cost: $50 fee for 8 classes. Pre-requisites prior to enrollment required.

About San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden oasis nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the high-desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.

Requirements to become a San Diego Botanic Garden Docent:

  • Become a member of the Garden. This must be continued while you are an active docent
  • Complete all 8 docent classes
  • Attend a volunteer orientation meeting. For information about the next volunteer orientation meeting click here
  • Volunteer 80 hours prior to receiving Docent status
  • Orientation in: Admissions and the Garden Shops
  • Volunteer for one Special Event
  • Volunteer at any Saturday Garden Beautification or Wednesday Special Work Party
  • Ten (10) hours of volunteer time must be completed before starting the first docent class
  • Have a completed background check and volunteer application on file

Docent Meetings — Everyone Welcome

First Wednesday of the Month
9:30 am – 12 pm * Arrive at 11 am for the program
Business meeting 9:30-10:30
Speaker 11-12

September 2: Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents and award-winning author of the recently published book “Under the Spell of Succulents,” will discuss the diversity of succulents. He will also share photos from his new book, as well as plants from his nursery. Attendees are welcome to purchase an autographed copy of his book. Jeff Moore, along with Bill Teague, planted the Undersea Garden adjacent to the Ecke Building.

October 7: Volunteers and docents are busy preparing for the large Plant Sale this month. Our speaker, Master Gardner, Lynlee Austell will show attendees how to select and maintain appropriate plants to conserve water. Nurturing the soil, responsible pest management, protecting wildlife, and water quality are Earth Friendly subjects to be considered in our selection of plants and redoing our landscapes.

November 4: Please note that our annual potluck lunch will be held in November instead of December. In addition to the potluck, member arts and crafts will be for sale. Perfect for holiday gifts!

December 2: Come enjoy and take home ideas from our festive program that features holiday decorations. Presenters will bring an assortment of natural materials from gardens and demonstrate how to make the decorations and arrangements

Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video

Watch the 2014 Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video
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