Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

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Volunteer Training and Learning 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

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Help Teach Children about Nature:  Volunteer Training Course

Wednesdays & Fridays — September 2, 4 & 9

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Train to become a tour leader for childrens school field trips.  Learn about plants and animals of the Gardens, Butterfly House and Nature Trail. Review general ecology concepts and outdoor teaching techniques.  $10 refundable fee.  Registration and background checks required.  See Ladews volunteer webpage for more details.  To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410-557-9570, ext. 226, or

Volunteer Opportunities


  • 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

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