The Dandenong Ranges Gardens comprise of four gardens
- National Rhododendron Gardens
- Alfred Nicholas Gardens
- George Tindale Garden
- Pirianda Garden
And two arboreta:
- RJ Hamer Arboretum
- Mount Dandenong Arboretum
Volunteers contribute many hours of valuable service in these gardens, working with friends groups, as garden guides, providing horticultural assistance and undertaking project work. New volunteers are always welcome.
We interview and place volunteers where they are needed most.
If you love gardens and the great outdoors then you are just the person we need.
To discuss volunteer opportunities in the Dandenong Ranges Gardens, contact our volunteer coordinator:
Alfred Nicholas Gardens
Sherbrooke VIC Australia 3789
Email: email@example.com Ph: +61 3 9760 1500
Work placement for overseas students
We have hosted horticultural students from Holland, Germany, France and Ireland.
Students work alongside qualified horticulturalists and develop practical skills. Work placements can be tailored to the specific needs of students. Placements are also offered to people currently working in the horticulture field.
Work placements are unpaid. However, we offer students free accommodation at Tindale House while undertaking the program.
The house is a four bedroom residence in the Tindale Garden, right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.
If you are interested in the work experience program or have any questions, contact our volunteer coordinator. If you would like to apply, please complete the work placement application form.
Become a guide
The gardens are particularly busy over spring and we rely on volunteer guides at the National Rhododendron Garden to welcome visitors, lead group tours and tell people about the Dandenongs.
If you are interested in volunteering as a guide over spring, contact our volunteer coordinator. We will provide you with training and friendly, experienced guides will be on hand to help you develop your skills.
Work experience opportunities
Our qualified and experienced horticulturalists can provide secondary or tertiary students with a quality work experience and training opportunity.
For further information contact our volunteer coordinator. If you’d like to apply, please submit your details on the work experience request form.
If you’re a keen gardener and would like to help us maintain the gardens, get in touch with one of our friends groups.
Friends of George Tindale Memorial Garden Inc
Mark Krause - Parks Victoria Ranger ph (03) 9760 1500
Friends of Pirianda Garden
John Curtis - Parks Victoria Ranger ph (03) 9760 1500
Friends of the National Rhododendron Garden
Dee Dinkgreve ph (03) 9757 7300
Australian Rhododendron Society
Bill Taylor ph (03) 9754 8275
09 Apr 2013
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22 May 2013 5:15pm-6:15pm
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Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkParksVictoria: Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 11.55
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