Botanical Garden Profile: Margaret Schultz
August 21, 2019
Botanical Garden Profile: Margaret Schultz

Margaret Schultz, volunteer

You are relatively new to the community. How has the Garden helped anchor you to Des Moines?

I have been here six years, and the Botanical Garden has been and was instrumental in making me feel welcome. I moved here only knowing a few people and no longer worked, so I didn’t have a huge network. I felt it was important to get involved, but I never thought I would meet friends at the Botanical Garden I would spend time with outside of volunteering.

What inspires you to keep volunteering?

When you volunteer here, you can see the impact you make. But I also like the people—the staff and the volunteers. Everyone here always makes me feel valued and appreciated. It has become a shared community for me.

What has surprised you about volunteering?

I am surprised by how big a part of my life it has become and how much I really care about it. This is more than just a volunteering gig to me. Gardening is my therapy. I have volunteered at other places, where you help them make a difference, but it’s not quite the same here. Here, it makes a difference in the overall quality of my life, too.

Interested in volunteering at the Garden? View our current openings.

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