Garden Expo is a community educational event and fundraiser hosted by Wisconsin Public Television and the UW-Extension Horticulture Team. This three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping with more than one hundred free educational seminars, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
Registered volunteers will receive a complimentary one-day admission ticket and parking pass (valid on the date of your job assignment). There will be plenty of time before of after your shift to take in a host of free educational offerings and check out the latest products and services in the exhibitor mall!
Volunteer support is vital to bringing this important educational event to the community. How can you help? Put your talents to work by selling tickets, greeting visitors, assisting presenters, or serving as an information guide. Review our list of volunteer opportunities to find a position that best matches your skills and interests.
Exhibitor Check-In: Greet exhibitors, hand out ingress packets and direct them to their assigned booth location on the exhibition hall floor.
Handstamper - Garden Expo: Provide hand stamps to visitors that would like to re-enter the show and answer general event questions.
Quilt Expo Information Booth: At spring Garden Expo promote fall Quilt Expo, answer general questions about the show, hand out literature and encourage visitors to participate in the prize drawing.
Raffle Sales & Information Desk - Garden Expo: Give directions and answer questions about Garden Expo using information sheets we provide. Sell raffle tickets.
Ticket Sales - Garden Expo: Greet attendees and sell tickets in the front or back lobby of the Exhibition Hall. Answer basic questions and direct visitors to seminars, exhibitor booths, food stations and Alliant Energy Center amenities.
Volunteer Check-In - Garden Expo: Greet volunteers, hand them their name badges and direct them to training and orientation in the volunteer lounge.
The jobs listed below involve standing or walking.
Demo Assistant: Help set up stage presentations, monitor seating, distribute handouts, check sound levels, take attendance and assist with clean up as needed.
Exhibitor Entrance Attendant: Monitor traffic flow near the back doors of the Exhibition Hall. Ensure that visitors have valid exhibitor or volunteer passes, answer basic show questions and provide directions to the locations of events and show facilities.
Floater - Garden Expo: Volunteers will be given a job assignment to fill openings due to cancellations, unfilled positions and other staffing needs.
Greeter - Garden Expo: Welcome visitors to Garden Expo. Direct attendees to entry gates, ticket booths, classrooms, demos and exhibitor booths. Hand out programs and answer basic questions about the show.
Seminar Assistant: Welcome guests, adjust lighting levels, keep presenters on schedule, distribute handouts and evaluation forms, make announcements, take attendance, manage traffic flow and assist where needed.
Workshop Assistant - Garden Expo: Work with presenter to set up workshop area, assist with projects and ensure session runs smoothly.
Feb. 7, 8, 9, 2014 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Current Garden Expo Volunteers
Download our Information Sheet for additional details about volunteering.
The minimum age to volunteer at Garden Expo is 16.