Devoted service rewarded with lifetime membership
Today the volunteers donate their time and skills to assist the Garden’s programs and work covering horticulture, science, visitor engagement and information services, herbarium specimen-mounting, bush regeneration, wildlife monitoring and asset restoration.
Foundation & Friends volunteers also assist in a variety of programs including the Growing Friends plant sales, botanical illustration and other art exhibitions and events such as the New Years’ Eve Picnic, now a major annual fundraising event, which Jan helped organise with a small group of volunteers.
Jan has always been working behind the scenes, such as formalising a catering team that provided refreshments for Foundation & Friends activities including an all-staff lunch for more than 300 people. Catering has been a big part of Jan’s volunteering efforts and she compiled and produced the first volunteer caterer’s recipe book.
Solander Garden a favourite place for Jan
In 1999 Jan helped launched a range of merchandise for the Garden such as polo shirts, caps, umbrellas, bags, and cards carefully sourcing these items, gradually increasing the range until eventually handing over to the Garden’s Shop.
Jan was the ‘official photographer’ at many of functions, and produced several photo-albums, which became an invaluable record before the days of instant photographs and digital images.
Jan said one of her favourite places in the Garden is the Solander Garden near Woolloomooloo Gate that is named after botanist Dr Daniel Solander, who travelled on Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage with Joseph Banks.
“I love Australian native plants at Solander Garden, which is all brought together by the marvellous Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus grandis) that stands so tall,” Jan said.
Foundation & Friends plays a vital role
Foundation & Friends CEO Peter Thomas said Jan remains a dependable and enthusiastic volunteer on several of our teams.
“The record of Janet’s extensive volunteer roles, and her continuing commitment to both Foundation & Friends and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, attest to her character and contribution to our wonderful Gardens,” Peter said.
The Foundation & Friends has a proud history over four decades which includes:
- 11,800 hours by Foundation & Friends volunteers last year
- Over $150k raised in plant sales, and $185k from volunteer-run exhibitions
- 320 active Foundation & Friends volunteers
- And thousands of friendships forged and cultivated over its 40-year history
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