Bullington Gardens is blessed to have many wonderful volunteers who give their time, love and hard work in an effort to keep the gardens beautiful for our many visitors and students. This month we are highlighting Kim Biggerstaff as our Volunteer Hero.
How did you first get involved with Bullington Gardens?
After moving back to North Carolina and being a Master Gardener in Ohio I signed up for the 2014 class in Henderson County. As part of our curriculum we visited and worked at different projects in the county and Bullington was one the required gardens. Once I finished the program I knew it was where I wanted to be and became a regular volunteer.
Why do you volunteer?
For years I have been volunteering in some capacity with our schools, church, library and charitable organizations. I enjoy being involved, staying active and connecting with people in our community.
Why do you choose to donate your time to Bullington?
It is a truly special place and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. The mission and purpose of Bullington is something I appreciate and believe in. Every time I’m here I see the joy and interest it brings to the kids and to the volunteers. There are so many wonderful, knowledgeable people that work here and do it because they are passionate about plants, nature and education. Becoming a member of the volunteer group has given me the opportunity to meet kind and generous people that I’m grateful to have as friends.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Bullington Gardens?
I enjoy all aspects of gardening at Bullington and feel like I learn something new every time I’m here. In winter when Kelsey starts the seedlings and we began transplanting is one of my favorite times of the year because it signifies that spring in on the way. I also work with the “dahlia team” and love it. We have fun, work hard and are rewarded by lots of happy visitors wandering the dahlia garden beginning in August.
What do you find most challenging about volunteering at Bullington Gardens?
I guess the most challenging thing is the physical aspect of gardening but I’m learning to pace myself.
What do you wish other people knew about Bullington Gardens?
I would like for people to know that we are a free, public garden with an emphasis on education and horticultural therapy. It always surprises me how many folks are first time visitors and don’t know anything about Bullington but have lived in Hendersonville for years.
When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies or commitments?
At home I have lots of landscaping that I’m slowing working on with help from my husband. I have a vegetable garden, can and preserve food in the summer months and am trying to establish a pollinator garden. I enjoy hiking, yoga, tennis and pickleball.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at Bullington Gardens?
We would love to have you join us! It’s a friendly and fun place to be.