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Glen and Susan Armstrong

Volunteer since 2017 and 2018

Glen and I love learning about plants, how they have evolved and adapted to their environment, and then being able to share that knowledge with visitors! We enjoy interacting with the visitors and expanding my knowledge of plants and the history of the Royal Botanic Garden. 

Glen and I have been members of Foundation and Friends of the Gardens for many years, so when I retired, I was excited at the opportunity to be able to volunteer with the Garden. It is always an uplifting experience to walk through the garden before and after each shift. I have always had an interest in nature and plants.

I grew up in Western Sydney. When I finished school, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in History and Psychology. I then worked in the Commonwealth Public Service for ten years before a change in career direction led to a Graduate Diploma in Business Computing at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). It was at UWS I have found my niche in Student Systems. I began volunteering in 2017 with the RBG Sydney after retiring from work in December 2016. I started in The Calyx and was then invited to join the Volunteer Guides group. 

Glen has have lived in western Sydney all his life growing up in Revesby and moving to Merrylands when we married in 1979. A couple of years later we moved to Greystanes where we have lived for the past 40 years. Prior to retirement, Glen worked for over 45 years as a Manufacturing Engineer.
He began Volunteering in The Calyx at the start of the Plants with Bite Exhibition in October 2018, after retiring from work at the end of July 2018.  As I was already involved, Glen attended a couple of meetings and was excited when offered the role of a volunteer in The Calyx.

What have you been doing during Covid-19 to keep busy?

We definitely loved catching up on reading, Walking around the area and looking at other people’s gardens for inspiration, Investigating and organising house repairs. Working from home with a “buddy” on a project for the Volunteer Guides and research on plants that I’ll include in my guided walk. 

Learn more about the volunteer programs at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney here.