Casa del Herrero, a beautiful Montecito estate open for public tours, is always looking for committed Volunteers. This 11-acre estate, known for the 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival home designed by George Washington Smith, also boasts Mediterranean gardens designed by noted landscape architects Ralph Stevens and Lockwood de Forest, as well as a Workshop used by its industrialist owner, Mr. Steedman, during the 1920’s and 30’s. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity and you're excited by the prospect of supporting a National Historic Landmark, please examine our many opportunities!
Tour Docents: Our Docent Training Program begins with an orientation, informal tour and reception at the Casa del Herrero. The program is offered every other year and includes weekly topical lectures and classes on all things Casa del Herrero. Learn how to captivate visitors with tales of art, architecture, history and horticulture as you guide them through the enchanting 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival house, the fascinating Workshop of George Fox Steedman, and the historical Moorish gardens!
Reservations are required for the Orientation and can be made by calling 805-565-5653 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Garden Volunteers: The staff at Casa del Herrero welcomes assistance with garden-related activities from community members. There are jobs for those who enjoy working in the Casa’s gardens and orchards, as well as garden-related office responsibilities and research. Training will be provided. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Flower arranging
- Orchard maintenance
- Seed sowing and plant propagation
- General garden maintenance such as pruning, weeding & planting
- Research historical record of landscape and gardens
- Update plant lists & maps