Become a Member, Volunteer, or Donor
You can support Darts Hill Garden by becoming an annual member of the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society. For a low fee, your annual membership provides many benefits including opportunities to provide input into decisions affecting the Garden and to enjoy additional time in the Garden on days not open to the general public.
An advantage of becoming a member of the DHGCTS is that you save money when shopping for plants and garden supplies. Members receive a discount (usually 10%) on purchases upon showing their membership card at select garden centres. These are:
Note: Membership must be current, and card must be shown before purchase is rung up. Valid for regularly priced items and may not be valid for all purchases.
Volunteering at Darts Hill Garden Park is a wonderful way to contribute to your community. All Darts Hill Garden volunteers are members of the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society (DHGCTS). If you are not a member and would like to volunteer, please become a member of the Society first.
Ensuring that Darts Hill Garden Park continues as a venue for learning is the purpose and the primary responsibility of the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society to the general public. It is in keeping with the Society’s constitution that the garden is ‘to be a place of horticultural learning’. Our volunteers all play a significant role in helping Darts Hill Garden Park function smoothly. They enjoy educating the public about plants, horticulture and Mr. and Mrs. Darts’ legacy. Every volunteer group, from Ambassador Tour Guides to the Workshop Coordinating Group, assists in making Darts Hill Garden Park a place of horticultural learning.
Whether you have just a few hours per year or significantly more time to help out, your contribution will be much appreciated. You’ll receive training, and you’ll be sure to enjoy your hours spent in the peaceful oasis of Darts Hill Garden Park amid a like group of friendly, helpful volunteers. Our volunteer groups include:
Volunteers in this group work with the public in interpreting the history, development, and importance of the garden and its plants. Training will be provided.
Depending on experience and training, group members may serve in these roles:
The main task of this group is to promote Darts Hill Garden Park.
The tasks of the Group include, but are not limited to:
Qualifications include: enjoying working with the public; strong organizational skills; experience in sales and marketing; strong interpersonal skills, with the capacity to handle cross-team communications and tasks; solid analytical skills; and the ability to generate charts and reports on sales data.
The Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society is incorporated under the BC Societies Act and is a registered charity. Charitable No. 86285 7935 RR0001. In support of the mission and purposes of the Society, the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society Fundraising Team raises funds for Special Projects and the Welcoming Centre at Darts Hill Garden. Please visit our Support the Garden-Donate page to learn more. When you leave a gift to the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust, you are planting a seed. A seed that will grow into something for future generations to benefit from.
The Labelling Group plays an important role in increasing the educational experience of visitors to the garden by ensuring that the majority of plants in the garden are labelled. Specific volunteer tasks include: plant identification and label placement; data entry, checking, and proofreading; computer setup and design of the labels; production of labels, using a laser engraver, cleaning and management of existing plant labels.
Qualifications include: a good knowledge of horticulture, botanical plant names and naming conventions; attention to detail and ability to achieve accuracy and meet deadlines; ability and desire to follow established written procedures.
Hospitality volunteers are the first to greet visitors to Darts Hill Garden Park on members’ days, at plant sales, and at society special events, offering garden maps, brochures, and advice to help guests and members make the most of their visit. Opportunities occur throughout the year, with Members’ Days happening once a month during the fall and winter when the garden is closed to the public. Volunteers also assist at the Society’s Annual General Meeting and aid in the processing of in-person new and renewal memberships. As the maximum 2.5 hour shifts generally occur on weekends, it is a great volunteer job for those with limited time to commit.
Qualifications include: volunteers must be adaptable to work in all weather conditions, enjoy working with people, have some plant knowledge, and be willing to learn and share the story of the garden and the plants found there.
This group plants and maintains the Native Demonstration Garden and the Native Loop Trail within the garden. Five to six times per year we come together for 2 1/2- hour learning and work sessions with other volunteers from Darts Hill Membership, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, Little Campbell Watershed Society, and the City of Surrey.
Qualifications include: enjoying working with others in hands-on gardening; a willingness to participate in a minimum of three activities per year; an interest in learning about native plants; enjoying working with the public during plant sales.
This team is the largest and most active at Darts Hill, holding regular work sessions throughout the growing season. They propagate plants for replacement and expansion of the existing garden inventory as well as for the three annual plant sales.
They also maintains a display garden at Crescent Beach’s Heron Park.
Qualifications include: strong interest in plants and propagation techniques; enjoying hands-on gardening; willingness to participate in most types of weather; enjoying working in a team with a group of like-minded volunteers.
This team organizes and coordinates workshops on behalf of the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society (DHGCTS), providing educational opportunities to members as well as to the general public.
The three main areas of responsibility for the group include: developing workshop programs, coordinating logistical and financial matters for workshops; and fulfilling reporting requirements to the DHGCTS board.
Qualifications include: strong organizational and interpersonal skills; high attention to detail; enjoying working with the public.