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Community Projects – Affiliate Gardens

The hours accrued working in these gardens can be counted only if the Intern or EMG has also met the minimum volunteer required hours during the calendar year without counting the hours worked in these gardens.

Click on the garden below for more information about how to volunteer for a particular Affiliate Garden.


The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Volunteer Coordinator

Duane Hoover

CENTRAL – All new Kauffman volunteers must fill out a brief application.  They can obtain one by contacting Duane either by phone or e-mail.  Once the application is mailed back to him, or slid under the garden office door, he will call them to find their best time to volunteer.

Orientation for the volunteers varies on the person.  They like to have help Monday through Saturday between 7:00am and 2:30pm.  Volunteers determine how long they want to work.  Some folks only do an hour and others will do six.  It is preferred that the volunteers either be on a set schedule, or if they can’t do that just e-mail or call a few days ahead of time if they are interested in coming in to help.  Then the garden schedule will be worked around how much help will be available that week.

Some volunteers that are short on time, but like to come in once or twice a year for an “all hands-on deck” day at the Kauffman Garden can also be used.  They are considered the special events volunteers.

Volunteers are only asked to bring work gloves.  All of the tools necessary for any task that needs to be done are available at the garden.


Powell Gardens

1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO

Volunteer Coordinators

1: Diana Reynolds, 816-200-0884
2: Julie Jameson, 913-638-0151

EAST – Most Garden Volunteers work 8:00 – 12:00 shifts weekly or every other week.  Most of these shifts are on weekdays, but a limited number are on weekends.  When they contact Diana, she can let them know which team needs volunteers on what days. Due to transition and expansion, Powell Gardens always has needs somewhere.

Besides the garden teams, they have a docent program that heads up their education field trip department.  There are also needs for HR and Administration assistance involving  mowers and nature trail upkeep.  Powell Gardens always has events and needs volunteers to help with them.  Seasonally, for example, their Festival of Butterflies event has garden-associated volunteer opportunities. Seasonal requests for Garden Guides that would provide tours on Saturdays and Sundays, March through May.

Garden volunteers are required to attend a short orientation.  It will be scheduled directly with the interested party.  To volunteer, contact Diana directly via phone or email or complete a sign-up form on the website.  Any question, just call her and she would be happy to help you.


Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden

5200 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO

Rose Garden Chair

Lauren English

CENTRAL – Orientation for volunteering in the Rose Garden is held once in May.  Thursday morning is the rose garden workday, anytime from 8:00AM to 10:30AM.  Mulching, pruning and deadheading are the general rose maintenance activities.

Contact Lauren to get on the volunteer list.  Some pruning and deadheading of the annuals are also needed throughout the season.  Volunteers need to work out these arrangements directly with her.

Volunteers are needed to plant annuals once past the last frost.  Contact Kelly Jander at if interested in assisting with this effort.


Kansas City Community Gardens (Headquarters location)

6917 Kensington Ave, Kansas City, MO

Programs Coordinator

Noah Ybarra,

CENTRAL – To volunteer at KCCG, complete the Volunteer Form at and note your interest in where you would like to provide assistance. You will then be contacted with arrangements based on information provided.


Deep Roots Native Garden at the Anita B Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO

Volunteer Coordinator

Cydney Ross

CENTRAL – Work sessions:  There will be 3 separate sessions per month, one on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:00PM, one on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:00AM, and one on the 4th Thursday at 8:00AM. Times and dates may change depending on weather/etc. but should remain generally consistent through the season. Work sessions will start in March and continue through October. Each session will last 1 ½ – 2 hours. Our Outdoor Education Manager, Cydney Ross will be leading all workdays. Following each workday, please join Cydney for a quick garden tour on the grounds of the Discovery Center to see what’s blooming!

Volunteers:  Our goal is to have 6-10 volunteers per session. It is recommended that volunteers sign up for a minimum of 3 to 4 sessions, i.e., once a month for 3 to 4 months, (preferably all 7 sessions if available) for consistency and training. In addition to being a great volunteer opportunity, these sessions are also an excellent educational opportunity! If you need to adjust your signup dates, please send an email to Don’t forget water, hats, bug spray, and sunscreen!

To sign up for work days please go to:

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