Become a member or
Get involved as a volunteer
Milner Gardens and Woodland is looking for volunteers who are willing to offer a few hours of their time on a regular basis to instruct and work with others in horticulture and gardening.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and to participate in making Milner Gardens and Woodland a world-class venue.
Milner Gardens and Woodland volunteers are given an orientation, hands-on training, horticultural knowledge, invitations to volunteer-only events and courses, the satisfaction of being part of creating an exciting community-oriented project, and, of course, you will have our undying gratitude.
To become a volunteer, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and either drop it off at the garden or mail it in.
Milner Gardens & Woodland
2179 West Island Highway
Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1G1
Updating volunteer information
If you are a current Milner Garden & Woodland volunteer and wish to let us know of any changes in areas of interest or other details, please fill out the form at this link and mail it to the address above or drop it off at the main office.
Please see below for a description of the various volunteer opportunities
Shoots with Roots Mentors
Volunteer mentors in our Shoots with Roots program accompany school groups to help engage children in a variety of gardening, science, and nature play activities. There is a minimum commitment of five visits throughout the school year. Some experience working with children is preferred and a criminal record check is required.
Tour Guide (Gardens & Woodland Docent)
Lead groups through the gardens and woodland identifying plants, birds and animal habitat, while telling of its history, horticulture collection, and relationship to Vancouver Island University.
Greet visitors in the historic Milner House and share information about the house and garden, while keeping an eye on all the items that belong in the house.
Plant Sales Assistant
Assist the Nursery Grower with the organization of plant sales. Care for plants in the sales area and help visitors select and purchase plants.
Trail & Woodland Steward
Walk the trails, woodland, driveway and parking lot to ensure that they are clean (raking, sweeping and removing broken/fallen branches), all plant labels and signage are in place and clean and that it is presentable to and safe for the public prior to opening in the morning.
Meet every Wednesday and assist the Horticulturist with gardening tasks around the garden.
Food Garden Keeper
Help tend the Children’s Food Garden, greet visitors, and engage young visitors in hands-on activities such as watering and weeding.
Welcome & Interpretive Centre Cashier
Take admissions and/or checks membership status, promotes membership and processes membership applications, informs the public about general information, policy and activities of the Gardens and takes reservations.
Gift Shop Assistant
Interact with visitors, transact sales, and prices merchandise and uses creative talent to help display the gift and gardening items. Also, serves visitors drinks and snacks and handles the payments.
Assist the Tea Room Servers by doing all the necessary kitchen preparations.
Tea Room Server
Serve the guests in the tea room.
Assist in the preparation, serving, and clean-up of luncheons
Golf Cart Driver
Transport visitors from the Welcome and Interpretive Centre to the Gift Shop, Nursery or Main House and return in a 7 passenger golf cart.
Parking Attendant/Traffic Controller
Direct traffic at the entrance and the parking lot during especially busy days (Mother's Day, statutory holidays, etc.) and special events.
Facilities Maintenance & Construction
Painting and repairing the Main House, Gardener’s Cottage, Gift Shop, Welcome and Interpretive Centre and other out buildings.
Garden Maintenance & Construction
Mend fences, builds benches and does repairs and/or minor renovations to the structures on the property.
Staff our booth at various garden shows, answering questions, handing out membership information and garden brochures, facilitates events by helping to organize and/or prepare the site for the event and clean up afterwards and especially to being available to work at the event in some capacity, which could include selling raffle tickets, giving out information, etc
Help to source and write grant applications and raise funds to support the general running, growing, and evolution of the Gardens.
Assist in the promotion of the garden through various activities including writing press releases, planning for and participation in community events, and distribution of promotional material.
Help organize and participate in wedding events, assists in preparations before the event and clean up after the event, meets potential clients to discuss price/policy and show them the grounds.
Milner Gardens & Woodland Volunteer Support Group
Assist staff with the recruiting, enrolling, orienting and tracking volunteers; developing and scheduling volunteer enrichment and training activities.
This group formed in early 2004 has organized or participated in the following activities: bus tours for volunteers to other gardens, assisted staff with Volunteer Opportunities Day, assisted staff and the Special Events Committee with planning, organizing and presenting Christmas Magic, arranged for MGW volunteers to attend Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society meetings for special guest speakers.