Happy National Volunteer Week! 

TBG is a volunteer-based organization that relies upon volunteers to help run our many programs and events and to meet our goal of delivering horticultural information and services. We highly value our volunteers and could not run our many quality programs and events without them. During National Volunteer Week we would like to share with you what they have achieved already in 2017.

TBG Booth
Thank you to all of the volunteers who we see on a weekly basis. We could not run any of these services without our volunteers’ time, expertise and charm.

  • TBG shop 1,554 hours contributed by a great team of 29 regular volunteers
  • Weston Family Library: 1023 hours contributed by a team of 28 regular volunteers
  • TBG Reception 651 hours contributed by the team of 18 regular volunteers
  • That’s over 3,228 hours in the first 4 months of the year!

Thank you to our special events team.

  • Get The Jump on Spring, 1 day, 12 different roles ably filled by 42 volunteers who contributed 180 hours.
  • Canada Blooms, 10 days, 4 different roles, filled by 104 volunteers (many taking on multiple shifts) and contributing over 910 hours!
  • Over 1,000 volunteer hours have already been logged, not to mention the committees who helped put these events together and those who helped at Seedy Saturdays, our lectures and other Adult Education events, and who have helped with TBG Kids programs including our Earth Day activities this past Saturday, April 22.

Thank you to our Tour Guides.

  • Thank you to the nine Allan Garden experts who have led a total of 11 tours of this facility since January. That’s over 140 people who were charmed and educated (and are probably still talking about their great tour experience).
  • With the warm weather will come our busy tour season at both TBG and the Toronto Music Garden with a team of 59 tour guides poised and ready to take on the challenge.

Thank you to our Garden volunteers.

  • Welcome back to the 24 stalwart regular garden volunteers, returning to this role to make a huge difference in our gardens once again.
  • And welcome on board to the 31 new volunteers who have signed up for this role this year.
  • What a team and what a difference you will make. Thank you in advance for keeping our gardens beautiful.

Thank you to our Education volunteers.

  • Our TBG Kids school programs, camps and educational, experiential activities could not take place without the talent (not to mention the energy) of a dynamic group of volunteers.
    Nor could our Adult Education offerings from monthly lectures to workshops, seminars and symposiums, run smoothly without the careful custodians who are our Adult Ed Volunteers.
    And, in action daily at Canada Blooms, educating and charming many hundreds of visitors, were our Honey Tasting Ambassadors! Thank you one and all.
Woman to Woman Committee

Thank you to our committee members
Often behind the scenes rather than visible to our visitors, nevertheless our big events (Get The Jump on Spring, Woman to Woman, Through the Garden Gate) simply would not take place without our dedicated, diligent committee members, and let’s not forget the creative talents of our Pressed Flower group (wonderful one of a kind cards), and the Trellis Team, talented editors, writers, researchers who bring their professional expertise to bear to produce a top quality magazine. Thank you. Here are pictures of a few of these wonderful groups:


Congratulations to Jean McCluskey and Donna Tuttle, winners of MPP Kathleen Wynne’s 8th annual volunteer service award for outstanding contributors to the lives of people in Don Valley West and beyond. You are testimony to the high caliber of TBG volunteers, a population of which we are so proud, thank you for choosing this organization.