Gardening Angels


Thanks to the committed efforts of the Gardening Angels, the gardens of Mission San Juan Capistrano have undergone a remarkable transformation. When the group was formed, the Mission grounds desperately needed help. There were struggling rose bushes and dusty clumps of birds of paradise, but mostly there was bare earth. Now there are well-tended roses, perennials, herbs, succulents, flowering shrubs and hollyhocks in abundance. The grounds have become the work of passionate, skilled gardeners, offering plenty of ideas for beautiful plant combinations.

The tender loving care of the Gardening Angels played a key role in naming Mission San Juan Capistrano “The Jewel of the Missions.” Come visit the demonstration vegetable garden featuring a pumpkin patch, tomatoes, and other edible items “home grown on the grounds.”

Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams credits the Mission’s volunteer garden club, the Gardening Angels, “for making the Mission’s beautiful gardens elegant.” The 35-member club can be found on the grounds each Wednesday morning pruning, mulching, fertilizing, planting and doing whatever else is necessary to make the Mission gardens look their best for visitors. “We think of ourselves as ‘spiffers’ of the Mission gardens,” explains Jan Sorensen, Gardening Angels’ President. The group’s biggest rewards, she notes, are the many compliments the gardens have received from visitors.

We invite you to complete an Application and attend a Volunteer Orientation session to learn more about ways you can get involved as a volunteer.

Volunteer Application

All Volunteer Orientation attendees must R.S.V.P. with Maureen McAndrews, Development and Volunteer Manager by email mmcandrews@missionsjc.com or by calling (949) 234-1322. Attendance at the Volunteer Orientation session is mandatory in order to be cleared to either serve or be trained in any capacity on the Mission grounds.

All applicants are required to undergo training and will be asked to follow our Code of Ethics policies.

Thank you in advance for considering to join the Mission family, a group of individuals committed to preserving the past for the future generations to come.


For further information regarding Volunteer Opportunities, please contact Maureen McAndrews, Development and Volunteer Manager:
Email: mmcandrews@missionsjc.com
Phone: (949) 234-1322