Are you blessed with a green thumb?
“I live close to the park, always lived in the North End, took my children and grandchildren to the park. Volunteering is a way to give back to the public and to the park.”
~Virginia Ferguson, Tahoma Fuchsia Society member ~
Would you like to learn from someone who is?
Point Defiance garden volunteers include both horticultural experts and complete novices. Regardless of your expertise, if plants are your passion, we’d love to have you join us in nurturing ours.
Our eight botanical gardens are a park hallmark:
- The fuchsia garden features 125 varieties of upright fuchsias, including many of the hardy ones that flourish in the Pacific Northwest.
- The dahlia garden is one of the largest official trial gardens in the United States and Canada
- The herb garden contains more than 150 perennials that thrive in the Puget Sound region
- The iris garden displays more than 100 tall bearded iris varieties, 80 Pacific Coast iris hybrids and 26 wall irises or iris tectorum
- The Japanese garden includes azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese cherry trees,
crabapples and pines
- The native garden celebrates the native flora of
the Pacific Northwest
- The rhododendron garden consists of more than 500 plants and occupies nearly five acres of woodland
- The rose garden, established in 1895, features more than 1,500 bushes that blossom in a rainbow of colors
The gardens thrive decade after decade in part because of a dedicated volunteer corps. This crew of friendly, generous people is eager to share their know-how with others.
Garden volunteers don’t just build horticultural skills. They make new friends, often for life.
- Help conserve the gardens for the enjoyment of future generations
- Assist with the species collections
- Help visitors learn more about what they see
- Work with members of our maintenance staff to deadhead, prune and plant