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Conservatory of Flowers director Erika Frank on the importance of volunteers

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The Conservatory of Flowers’ director of volunteer services is looking for summer help, recruiting docents to help lead tours. For more info, visit the volunteer page at conservatoryofflowers.org.

At its root, what is the Conservatory of Flowers all about? The Conservatory of Flowers is a living museum. And it’s a very unique place. It’s historical. It’s been around since 1879. It’s beautiful and it’s really a landmark.

So what’s it like inside the conservatory? There are over 1,500 types of tropical plants inside, and we’ve really created different ecosystems. You step into this conservatory, and it’s like your stepping into the rainforest.

How vital is volunteerism for the Conservatory to keep growing? Our docents, I consider them Conservatory ambassadors. I’ll just walk through when there’s a docent there, and they’ll be telling people about things that to the naked eye, you just wouldn’t observe ... unless it’s pointed out to you.

Tell us how you blossomed into a flower lover? I’ve worked for volunteers and have been in nonprofit for about 10 years. I also am an avid gardener and I do floral design as well. I love the plant world and being surrounded by that.