Sackhouse Gardens

Hillside Specialties

Tree Dahlia propogation

Pavers by Hand

Internship Program

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The Maybeck Sack House Garden is a unique display garden in the

Berkeley Hills, surrounding the home of architect Bernard

Maybeck, a registered Historical Landmark. The densely planted 1/2

acre grounds include 3,000 cultivars, many of which are rare and

unusual.  The garden receives tours and visiting groups and

interesting tourists year round.


Two multi-week internships are offered each year, one in the Fall/

Winter and one in the Spring/early Summer.  The intern workday is

one six-hour Friday per week for a total of 48+ hours over the

course of the internship.  Experienced applicants may also apply for

paid summer positions which occasionally come available. in 2013

and 2014 we partnered with CPS High School in Oakland to offer a

summer internships to one rising senior.


The Sackhouse Gardens intern divides time equally between work

on Plant database, and hands-on garden maintenance. Previous

experience with database work is important.

The intern should be a self starter!.  Garden duties vary with the

seasons, and range from pruning, propagation, arboriculture, and

soil care to design/maintenance of landscape lighting and irrigation



The intern should be enrolled in a degree program.  Ideally,

ornamental horticulture or environmental design. 2 years or

equivalent experience working in the field and references.  Our

program is designed to provide the intern with college credit

towards the expected degree.

In addition, intellectual curiosity, and a respect for natural,

sustainable practices are important.  Please outline these

characteristics in the personal statement and at least one letter of

recommendation.  Applicants must also be responsible, detail-

oriented, and have transportation.

Please click here to download the Sackhouse Gardens Internship


Notable Quotes

..."a garden that exploits all the plantable spaces, and artfully

arrayed to maximize drama..... It sets the bar high for the outer

limits of creative horticulture."

Nathan Smith, Horticulturalist/Museum Scientist, University of

California Berkeley Botanical Garden