Our Gardens are supported through admissions, memberships, special gifts, grants, donations – and equally important – the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers are needed year around to contribute help with routine garden maintenance, improvement projects, and special events. With the exception of pruning, and care for the pond and its koi, for both of which tasks specialized knowledge and experience are required, you may:
- Rake leaves
- Rake gravel and sweep sand
- Maintain bamboo fencing
- Set up, move, and take down displays and exhibits
- Assist at special events and host at exhibitions
- Perform data entry
- Provide reception services
As a volunteer, you’ll find your work at Yume Japanese Gardens fulfilling, as you meet new and interesting people, acquire new skills, and learn about Japanese culture and language, often from fellow volunteers born in Japan. You’ll also enjoy discounted class fees and free admission to exhibitions.
For many volunteers, the principal satisfaction in working at the Gardens lies in involvement with a living art and the cultivation of a Zen-like approach as they carry out their work in respectful humility. Reflection, serenity, and a healing experience of self-renewal are their greatest rewards.