Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary is a volunteer-run group that welcomes new community minded individuals. From gardeners to docents, volunteers are at the core of our mission of preserving Cranbrook House & Gardens. Please read below for an overview of some of our many volunteer* opportunities and to learn more about volunteering!


Many gardeners are needed to keep the nearly 20 gardens around Cranbrook House thriving. From weeding to garden design, our volunteer gardeners do it all. Whether you are a novice gardener or a Master Gardener, we welcome you to learn, share, and grow with us.

Photograph of a volunteer working in the Sunken Garden.


Docents share Cranbrook House & Gardens and the story of Cranbrook Educational Community’s founders on tours and during special events. We encourage those with strong communication skills and an interest in art, architecture, and history to join our docent program.

Photograph of a Cranbrook House docent giving a tour of the Library.


Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers plan and manage special events such as plant sales, piano recitals, yoga, and visits with Santa. Volunteers are needed to plan events, and to help with setup/tear down, greeting guests, and more during the event. 

Photograph of volunteers with Santa in the Cranbrook House Library.

Thistle Gift Shop 

The Thistle Gift Shop is located in the Herb Garden in a building that was once an artist’s studio and features a variety of items perfect for gifts or to commemorate a visit. Thistle Gift Shop attendants sell merchandise during tours and other select days of the week.

Photograph of the Thistle Gift Shop with a volunteer in the background.

Gatehouse Welcome Center

Help us welcome and make a wonderful first impression on our visitors by volunteering in the Gatehouse Welcome Center. Gatehouse ambassadors provide guests with friendly smiles as they arrive, as well as directions and other information that helps ensure an enjoyable visit. 

Photograph of a volunteer in the Gatehouse Welcome Center.

Conservatory Greenhouse 

The Conservatory Greenhouse features a Tropical Room, Cactus Garden, Zen Garden, Orchid Room, Propagation Room, and more. Volunteer tasks include: Watering, potting, deadheading, cleaning, weeding, and assisting during plant sales. 

Photograph of a smiling volunteer in the Conservatory Greenhouse at Cranbrook House & Gardens.

Native Plant Rescue

The Native Plant Rescue Committee has been committed to saving, growing, and educating on the importance of native plants since 1975. Volunteers rescue native plants (and identify dig sites), help in the Native Plant/Wildflower Garden, and during the Spring Plant Sale. 

*Volunteer Requirements

The amount of time you volunteer is completely up to you. We appreciate any time and energy that you can spend with us. Individually, our members volunteer between one hour and 1,000 hours, and collectively log about 10,000 hours of service every year! 

Volunteers are required to:


Please visit our Membership page to become a member/volunteer or contact us at 248.645.3149 0r houseandgardens@cranbrook.edu for more information.

"A tiny seed may produce a fine, beautiful, and useful plant."
- George Booth, Cranbrook Founder