Garden Team

Dates and Times vary... (see Garden Day dates below)  

Our peaceful 2-acre Meditation Garden is lovingly cared for by volunteers like you. Experience is NOT necessary. Garden Team coordinators will be happy to teach you.  

This is a great way to learn more about plant care. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air, provides you with low-impact exercise, stress relief, and has many health benefits.

Students earning community service hours are encouraged to participate. Children are welcomed to volunteer with a supervising parent or guardian.

What does the Garden Team do? Our tasks vary by season.  

All year long volunteers:

  • Weed, weed, weed...
  • Remove downed leaves/branches the beds and walkways
  • Clean the pond filters
  • Wipe down the benches
  • Blow off the gazebo, bridges, and bamboo grove seating area

Water flower pots: We're looking for volunteers. If interested, please CLICK HERE.

  • Volunteers water 7 planters along the Promenade
  • Can be done any time that works with your schedule
  • Families with children are encouraged to participate
  • Watering cans are located outside the kitchen door
  • If it rains, you get the day off!

During the Spring, volunteers:

  • Water plantings that are not under irrigation (Most of the garden is on an irrigation system.)
  • Plant annuals
  • Prune our many azaleas and rhododendrons (after blooms die off)
  • Replant promenade flower pots
  • Divide perennials
  • Fertilize
  • Spread mulch

During the Summer, volunteers:

  • Water plantings that are not under irrigation
  • Prune roses
  • Dead-head perennials
  • Prune bushes

During the Fall, volunteers:

  • Water plantings that are not under irrigation
  • Replant promenade flower pots
  • Divide perennials
  • Prune roses
  • Replace annuals with pansies
  • Cut back perennials
  • Prune bushes
  • Remove leaves

On Wedding Days:

  • Volunteers freshen up the garden, so it looks its best, by raking the pathways and wiping down the benches

 

"Adopt a Garden Spot"

Would you like to care for a specific section of our gardens? 

This can be done any time that works with your schedule. Great family project! Several people have already stepped forward to care for areas such as Children's Garden, Sanctuary Garden, rose care, fish pond filters, and Rainbow Bridge garden. Won't you join them?

Volunteers are requested for:

  • Meditation Garden Entrance Bed
  • Flower beds on side of Parking Lot
  • Cleaning/painting statuary
  • Rose care
  • 3 parking lot islands
  • "Bon Ayer" Memorial Garden

Responsibilities include:

  • Removing spent blooms
  • Weeding twice a month
  • Picking up downed branches twice a month

To Volunteer:

  • Join us during any of the times below or use the send message form or call the church office at 804-320-5584. If you wish, you can be added to an email list for garden volunteers.
  • Can't come at the times below but you want to help care for our gardens? Use the SEND MESSAGE FORM or call the church office at 804-320-5584. A Garden Team coordinator will contact you. New volunteers are always welcomed!
  • Join in when it works with your schedule. Join in for an hour or the whole time. When you join us, bring water for yourself to drink and put your name on any tools you bring — gloves too!
  • Come dig in the dirt and bond with Mother Earth!

Garden Day Dates (weather permitting):

  • Saturday, August 12: 9-12
  • Wednesday, August 16: 9-12
  • Thursday, August 30: 9-12
  • Wednesday, September 6: 9-12
  • Saturday, September 9: 9-12
  • Wednesday, September 13: 9-12
  • Saturday, September 16: 9-12
  • Thursday, September 21: 9-12
  • Thursday, October 5: 9-12
  • Saturday, October 14: 9-12
  • Wednesday, October 18: 9-12
  • Wednesday, October 25: 9-12
  • Saturday, October 28: 9-12

Garden Wedding Prep Days:

  • Saturday, August 26: 9-12
  • Saturday, September 30: 9-12
  • Saturday, October 7: 9-12
  • Saturday, October 21: 9-12

Sacred Service Saturdays:

  • Saturday, December 2: 9-3  
  • Rain date: Saturday, Dec 9: 9-3