Volunteers provide vital outreach, administrative and operational support for our organization. By volunteering, you can help us build awareness, raise funds, plan events, and participate in community outreach opportunities. We also offer hands-on volunteer opportunities for gardeners who are looking to get their hands dirty.

How to Volunteer

It’s easy! Just fill out our online form by clicking the button below. We’ll email you when a volunteer opportunity arises that meets your availability and areas of interest.


The Cultivators

The Cultivators are a group of young earth-lovers helping to build the gardens for Louisville and Southern Indiana. The purpose of the Cultivators is to assist in the development and building of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens through the following activities with individuals ages 35 and under:

– Fundraising
– Raising awareness
– Encouraging membership among members of the community
– Educational programs
– Volunteer activities

Learn more Join the Cultivators

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Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year Award

Dot WadeThe Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year Award is named in honor of our beloved board member, the late Dot Wade, who diligently worked for over 30 years to keep the vision of creating a botanical garden alive. The award is a way to thank volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their work to help the Waterfront Botanical Gardens effort.

Nominate a volunteer today! Nominate someone you know who has been a dedicated volunteer to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, from helping out with a shovel in our Founders’ Garden to donating time on one of our committees.

The award will be presented to the deserving nominee at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, Wednesday, September 28th.

Please submit nominations and a brief explanation statement to Rhys Lam by Friday, September 16th.

Nominate here!