Volunteer Q&A | Anni!
By: Karen Christeson, Volunteer Manager | 04/16/2020
This week we are delighted to tell you about just one of the amazing members of our IBG volunteer team! It is a privilege to work alongside, learn from, and become friends with the volunteers who generously give back to the Garden and our community.
They embody our mission to grow our community by connecting people, plants and nature. Anni has boundless energy and personality plus! She, like many of our volunteers, makes an impact on our Garden in every program and event. From helping the Horticulture team clean up a Garden bed, tackling any assignment during any event, assisting with our continuing education classes, leading our guests as a Garden Ambassador on tours introducing them to the Garden, or working alongside our event staff as a lead volunteer. We love our volunteers!
How did you first get involved with our organization?
I started volunteering after completing the Master Gardening program. My youngest daughter was only one year old, so it has been almost 12 years now! I actually can’t remember what my very first position was – ha!
What activities do you participate in when you’re volunteering?
I have volunteered for concerts, events such as Winter Garden Aglow and the Harvest Festival, taken photos of plants and gardens on the Garden Tour, helped with continuing education, given tours, worked the plant sale, and most currently – I’ve gardened for the hort team.
Is there a moment during your time volunteering that stands out?
My children have grown up with the Garden in their lives – we’ve home schooled there, fed the koi, hung out with staff, and searched for bugs and blooms. My favorite memories are volunteering with my now-teenagers; sharing booths at the Harvest Festival and passing out cookies and cider at Winter Garden Aglow.
Why do you continue to volunteer your time to this cause?
It is pretty amazing to be part of this historical location, work among beauty that evolves every season, share and gain knowledge, and experience it with others.
What is your favorite part about being a volunteer?
Hmmm… that is a toss up! Plants + people, I think. I know all year long I can find beauty there as well as a friend.
Why is the Garden important to you?
The Garden has been my constant while my world has changed thru the years. I have found friendship there, connected with botanical beauty, found peace + joy, and have continued to learn.
Thanks for your time and for all that you do for the Garden!