FAR HILLS, NJ –The Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden, located at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, is looking for energetic volunteers to assist in general garden maintenance, act as docents, and lead tours throughout the nationally recognized rock garden. 

The volunteers are a necessary part of the staff needed tend to the beauty of the garden, which is located near the Bernards Township border. With spring arriving soon, these gardeners will be needed to pitch in before the park bursts into bloom.

Prospective volunteers who love gardening and enjoy working with people will have the opportunity to come share their passion and plant knowledge with fellow gardeners as either a Garden Guide or Horticultural Assistant.

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Tasks for trained Garden Guides include giving guided tours, greeting visitors, and answering questions. Tours at Buck Garden are scheduled during the week and on Sunday afternoons in spring, early summer, and occasionally into autumn.

Garden Guide training focuses on the many distinctive plants growing at Buck Garden plus the garden’s rich history. Training for volunteers consists of five orientation sessions on alternate Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first session this year is scheduled for April 2, 2020. This training is free, although pre-registration is required.

Also needed are Horticultural Assistants who will help maintain the garden and grounds with various gardening duties. Working with the horticultural staff, the volunteers will assist with all of the tasks required to keep the garden in excellent condition. Planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, and deadheading flowers are some of those gardening tasks. Gardening knowledge and experience is very much appreciated. 

People 18 years of age and older who enjoy everything gardening, working outdoors, meeting new people with similar interests, and want to become part of our team should call 908-722-1200 Ext. 5621. 

Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States consisting of a series of alpine and woodland garden areas situated in a 29-acre wooded stream valley. 

Tucked among the rocks are rare and exotic rock garden plants. The wooded trails connecting the outcroppings are lined with beautiful wild flowers that have flourished and multiplied through the years. Throughout the garden grow various trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Information on Somerset County Park Commission programs and activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.