volunteers helping under the tent

Interested in volunteering at Tollgate? There are many ways to share you talents and skills. Possibly you are a master carpenter or you have an interest in serving as a helper for the youth programs. All are welcome! On site we have an association that cares for and maintains the beautiful gardens. The Tollgate Garden Volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals with a love for gardening and a desire to share their knowledge. Our mission is to assist, enable and encourage our members to use their horticultural knowledge and experience to help people of southeast Michigan to enrich their lives through gardening and good gardening practices. Anyone interested in gardening and aspiring to the mission of the Tollgate Garden Volunteers (TGV) is welcome to join this active membership. We currently do not have a membership fee, though contributions are accepted as a means to defray expenses.  A Membership Form is completed on an annual basis to renew your membership.  This helps to better track active members, identify their interests and control costs of postage.
You need only to want to learn and share of your time and talents to be a Tollgate Garden Volunteer (TGV).  There are many ways to participate; you can do one or many:

  • As an Area Garden Leader to coordinate the care of a garden
  • As a committee member for one of the yearly special events
  • As an elected officer to help oversee the day to day business and meetings
  • As an active member in the gardens doing the rewarding chores of tending the gardens

As a volunteer organization we have a stated missions and goal to support the establishment and maintenance of horticultural areas at Tollgate, to use our knowledge and experience to help the people of southeast Michigan to enrich their lives through the promotion of gardening and good gardening practices.  Our organization meets this goal through education, volunteer and social activities. We have a set of bylaws and a Tollgate Gardens Advisory Committee comprised of an elected Executive Board of TGV officers and the MSU Tollgate Farm Manager who is a permanent member.  Other members may be appointed by the Board to serve on specific assignments or committees.

Please contact the Farm Manager or any board member for further details on becoming a Tollgate Garden Volunteer. 


You can see a calendar of Tollgate's volunteer opportunities here:  Volunteer Calendar


The Spring Plant Sale is our major fund raising event of the year.  If you are looking for a great selection of big, healthy mostly perennial plants, don't miss it.  Plan to join us on Saturday, June 3 from 9am until 2pm.  See a Plant Sale flyer here.


The 2016 Tollgate Annual report is now available.  You can learn about volunteers on the farm, youth programming, conference center activities and much more. To see the 2016 Tollgate annual report click here

The Farm News newsletter is the primary way that news, events and information is communicated with the volunteer membership.  Any member is welcome to submit an article of interest to the editor, subject to approval of the Tollgate Gardens Advisory Committee.  Since some members still receive this newsletter via postal service we do not include advertisements or listings of other garden club’s events due to space and cost issues.  With this web site you can access current and back issues using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click here for free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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