Capitol Hill Garden Club In Washington, D.C., Since 1952

Volunteer @ CHGC


We need your help.


As a member of the Capitol Hill Garden Club, you’ll find many ways to learn more about gardening and to share your own gardening experiences.  From our informative monthly meetings to the very popular May Walk, there are many was to have fun with fellow neighbors and garden lovers.  But it takes more than your dues to make all of these events happen, we need your help.


Volunteering to help run the club involves as little as bringing refreshments to a meeting, working on a committee, or any number of other opportunities. Shown here are all of the ways you can help.  


New members will complete a short survey so that we know where your interests lie. Someone will be in touch with you to let you know what opportunities are open and to ask for your help.


Current members can visit Key Contacts to see who has already volunteered for the current season, and find out what opportunities are still available.  Take a look now, and find those activities that you’ll enjoy doing!


To find out more about any of these volunteer opportunities, Click Here Now to send an email to Ed Peterman.


Monthly Meetings


There are many ways to help with our monthly meetings!

 Planning And Organizing of Topics – Be part of the Program Committee who meets once in the Spring to plan and decide what topics would be of interest to our members at the coming season's monthly meetings (September–November and January–April).  To ensure a successful presentation, each member of this committee commits to overseeing one presentation which involves getting a commitment from the suggested speaker(s) to present at a specific meeting, preparing a short written biographical description of the speaker and topic for the website, ensuring that the audio-visual arrangements are made in advance of the presentation, and, as appropriate, obtaining  a copy of the presentation as far in advance as possible.  At the meeting, the designated member introduces the speaker prior to their talk, and does a short write up for the website after the presentation.  The Chair of this committee serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors.


Refreshments, Planning & Set Up – Be part of the Hospitality Committee who organizes refreshments for meetings.  This involves planning requirements, soliciting sweet and/or savory treats, setting up tables for the refreshments, and clean up after the meeting or event. The Chair of this committee serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors.


Bring Refreshments – Sign up to bring a sweet or savory treat to one of our meetings.  This is an easy one!


Event Planning & Execution       

Fall New Members Garden Party – For our first party of the year, we encourage members to bring and introduce potential new members to our Club.  The organizer finds a home and garden in w

hich to hold the party, prepares a short write up for use in the newsletter and website before and after the party, solicits members to bring 'finger foods', secures Club-provided beverages, and manages a complete set up and clean up of the party.


Deck The Halls Greens Workshop – At this popular event, members make wreaths, swags and table arrangements using holiday greens and ribbons provided by the Club.  The organizer has to arrange for the purchase and delivery of the greens, ribbons and other materials needed for the workshop;  arrange for delivery of the materials to the venue;  spend a few hours on the morning of the workshop with a group of volunteers to prepare for the workshop; prepares a short write up for use in the newsletter and website before and after the workshop; solicits members to bring sweet and savory treats; secures Club-provided beverages; manages a budget and tracks expenses; manages a complete set up and clean up of refreshments at the workshop; manages clean up of the venue after the workshop, i.e. sweeping the floors and removing all of the droppings from the greens and other materials.

• May Walk – On our annual walking tour of our Capitol Hill neighborhood, members share the beauty in several local gardens in springtime. The organizer identifies a walking  route of about a quarter of a mile  with gardens of interest; identifies 3 to 5 noteworthy gardens on the route and attempts to contact the owners to agree to provide a brief discussion of their garden as walkers pass; prepares a short write up for use in the newsletter and website before and after the Walk; leads participants from garden to garden providing descriptions of each garden; secures Club-provided 'finger foods' and beverages; manages a complete set up and clean up of refreshments after the Walk; and tracks expenses.


• June Garden Party – 
For our final event of the year, members enjoy al fresco dining in a lovely garden setting. The chair and planning committee identify a public or private garden large enough in which to hold a sit-down buffet supper; ensure that there are sufficient dining

 tables, chairs, serving tables and other equipment and supplies; manage the party's budget and tracks expenses and collect donations and fees; develop a menu; arrange decorations, activities and music, conduct the program, i.e. acknowledgements and thanks for the year, prepare a short write up for use in the newsletter and website before and after the party; solicit members to bring entrees and desserts; secure Club-provided beverages; and manage a complete set up and clean up of refreshments at the party.  

Communications Planning and Execution


Be part of the Communications Committee who develops and executes the Communications Plan for the Club. This involves the coordination of external and internal communications via the Club’s website, Facebook page, eNewsletters, eMail blasts, brochures and other communications vehicles as needed.  The Chair of this committee serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors.


Community Projects

Be part of The Community Projects Committee who seeks out, plans and executes garden-related, community service projects in and around Capitol Hill.  The Chair of this committee serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors.


New Member Outreach & Welcome

This group seeks ways to reach out to potential new members, including currently underrepresented populations, to raise awareness and bring new members into the Club. The group represents the Club at community events, advertises Club events on Facebook and at various locations on the Hill, and welcomes new members at meetings.


Watering Co-op


Be part of a co-operative group who waters one another’s gardens during absences. 



Bylaws Review


Be part of an occasional,  ad-hoc committee that reviews Club bylaws as needed, and drafts  changes or additions to be considered by the membership in accordance with Club rules.


Garden Design Consultation Committee


Join other experienced gardeners as they offer ‘garden makeovers’ and new design ideas for other Club members who request help.



Be sure to visit the Key Contacts page today to find out 


who is already working on these committees, and 


what volunteer opportunities are open now.


Be part of The Community Projects Committee who seeks out, plans and executes garden-related, community service projects in and around Capitol Hill.  The Chair of this committee serves as an appointed member of the Board of Directors.

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