Become a Linnaeus Gardener

Who are Linnaeus Gardeners?

Linnaeus Gardeners are adults of all ages and backgrounds who love gardening and who love sharing their gardening knowledge with the public through tours, demonstrations, classes and other educational activities.

Who can be a Linnaeus Gardener?

You can, if…

  1. You can attend a 12 week training program.
  2. You are willing to help hundreds of other Linnaeus volunteers maintain the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens.
  3. You are willing to learn and provide research-based education to the public.
  4. You are willing to donate at least 40 hours of your time to the Linnaeus Teaching Garden over each calendar year.

What kind of training do Linnaeus Gardeners receive?

Linnaeus Volunteers participate in a 12 week training program that includes classroom lectures and hands-on training.

Training topics covered include:

  • culture of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials;
  • plant pathology (diseases);
  • entomology (insects);
  • soil fertility;
  • basic botany (how plants grow);
  • lawn establishment and care;
  • fruit and vegetable gardening;
  • organic gardening principles;
  • plant propagation; and
  • garden design.

After basic training, volunteers will become Linnaeus Garden Interns.

After volunteering 40 hours of time to the Linnaeus Program, volunteers will be formally certified as Linnaeus Gardeners.

How much does Linnaeus training cost?

A fee of $125 is charged for course materials.

As you might imagine, this small fee does not cover the full cost of 12 weeks of training. Your volunteer time in the garden is considered partial payment for the training received.

What do Linnaeus Gardeners do?

Dr. Whitcomb shows Linnaeus Gardeners his crepe myrtle test and propagation fields.

Dr. Whitcomb shows Linnaeus Gardeners his crepe myrtle test and propagation fields.

Linnaeus Gardeners help maintain the teaching garden and provide the public with environmentally sound solutions for their gardening and landscape questions.

We also enjoy fellowship and education on yearly field trips.

Other service opportunities include:

  • Lead tours through the teaching garden,
  • Help teach gardening classes,
  • Develop gardening programs for youth,
  • Develop gardening programs for older adults,
  • Participate in gardening shows and exhibits,
  • Speak to garden clubs, home owner associations and other civic groups,
  • Write articles for newsletters,
  • Work with local media,
  • Develop the Linnaeus website,
  • Participate in training trips to private and public gardens in and out of state.

A Linnaeus Volunteer may select those service opportunities that best suit his/her individual personality and interests.

How Can I Become a Linnaeus Gardener?

Linnaeus training is offered once per year, usually in the fall.

Call, stop by, or email the Tulsa Garden Center for specific details. Training applications are accepted until shortly before classes begin. Check our upcoming Events Calendar in August for information on the next class.

For more information about the Linnaeus Teaching Garden and Volunteer Program, contact us.