Volunteer at an RHS Flower Show

Our world famous flower shows take place each summer and our army of wonderful volunteers are the face of the RHS for our visitors.

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers help us to ensure our visitors have a great day out, perhaps returning to the show the following year or even becoming an RHS member or visiting one of our gardens.

Applications are now closed for volunteering opportunities at our 2024 RHS Flower Shows. For year-round opportunities, you may consider volunteering at an RHS Garden.

You could help with...

Welcoming visitors

You'll be the first point of contact for visitors arriving at our shows. Your friendly welcome will be the first impression they have of the RHS.

Our visitors might have questions that need answering or pehaps they'll need specific directions. Your knowledge of the show will help them to make the most of their day.

Working in our retail outlets

The RHS is known for its fantastic retail products. For many visitors, the opportunity to buy a few gifts or souvenirs is an important part of their day.

In this varied role, you'll provide a high quality service to our visitors, keep stock levels topped up or perhaps even help a celebrity with a purchase!

Recruiting new RHS members

As a charity, the RHS exists to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. We rely on our members to support our charitable activities and help us make the UK a more green and beautiful place. 

You'll proactively approach our show visitors to explain the benefits of RHS membership and how important it is to our charitable work. You'll share your knowledge of plants to encourage visitors to join by direct debit and gift aid their membership.

Offering advice and directions

Many of our visitors are keen to see displays of certain plants or perhaps purchase them where they're available. You'll be the first point of contact, providing a friendly and helpful face in the floral marquee, helping visitors to navigate their way around.

You'll help visitors to locate specific plants or exhibits and you might also need to direct visitors to other areas for specialist advice.

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“My highlight of volunteering at the shows is feeling that I’m making a worthwhile contribution, enhancing people’s experience of the show, extending their horticultural knowledge and making the most of their day out.”

RHS Shows volunteer

What qualities do I need to volunteer at a Show?

  • A passion for gardening and an interest in the charitable work of the RHS
  • A positive, polite manner and a 'can do' attitude
  • The ability to use your own initiative and to follow instruction where needed
  • The desire to spend long periods of time outside and on the go
Where needed, you will be given the information and/or training needed to complete your role to a high standard

What does the RHS expect from its show volunteers?

  • To promote the charitable work of the RHS, its purpose, vision and campaigns
  • To be familiar with the layout of our showgrounds, gardens, exhibitors and general areas
  • To have an understanding of our membership options and benefits
  • To enhance the experience of visitors and ensure they have the best possible visit to a show

RHS Flower Shows

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.