Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Picture of a volunteer at Ladew Gardens

Volunteer Training Opportunities

New volunteers receive hands-on training through scheduled training sessions and/or on-the-job experience throughout the year. Returning volunteers receive opportunities to attend refresher training classes, as well as off-site fieldtrips.

New Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Friday, March 14 or Saturday, March 15

Receive an overview of Ladew Gardens and the many volunteer opportunities available. Tour the Manor House and Gardens and learn about specific volunteer opportunities including gardening, leading adult and children's tours, assisting with special events and more. 9:00-11:00 AM each day. To register, call 410-557-9570, ext. 215 or



  • House

    • Lead 45 minute house tours

    • Teach visitors about Harvey Ladew’s legacy

    • Learn about Maryland history, antiques and collectibles

  • Gardens

    • Lead one hour garden tours

    • Give guided golf cart tours to visitors who otherwise would
      not be able to experience the gardens

  • Nature Walk

    • Lead Nature Walk tours

    • Teach children and adults about nature

    • Help maintain the trails


Garden Maintenance

  • Help weed and maintain the Gardens and/or Nature Walk

  • Work alongside Ladew’s professional garden staff


Children’s Programs

  • Teach children to understand and respect nature

  • Assist staff in conducting school field trips

  • Help with Summer Nature Camps


Office Administration

  • Help with mailings


Special Events

  • Greet visitors and sell admissions and/or memberships

  • Coordinate visitor parking

  • Assist with children’s activities and crafts


Holiday Workshops

  • Create wreaths and fresh arrangements for Ladew’s Holiday greens Sale

  • Learn techniques to create your own decorations at home


These are just a sampling of the volunteer opportunities available.

For more information or to volunteer:

BY MAIL OR FAX: (Download Application Form)

BY PHONE OR EMAIL: Contact Barbara Barnoff at (410) 557-9570, ext. 215 or