Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

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Volunteer Opportunities at Ladew

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.

Volunteer Open House

Friday, March 16, 2018 or Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00 am* ~ 11:00 am in the Studio
*Two Hour Program Beginning at 9 AM

Become a volunteer at one of the Top Five Gardens in North America by attending an introductory session to meet staff and volunteers and learn of volunteer opportunities to match your interests and talents.



To register, contact Sophie Wittelsberger at or 410-557-9570, extension 216. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served at 8:45 AM. The program begins at 9:00 AM in the Studio.

Teach Children about Nature: Spring Volunteer Training Course

Tuesdays and Thursdays
April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17
9 am - 12:30 pm

Train to become a tour leader for children’s school field trips. Learn about plants and animals of the gardens, general ecology concepts and outdoor teaching techniques. $20 fee. Registration and background checks required. To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or

Select the flyer below for a PDF of the schedule.


Butterfly House Volunteer Training  

Friday, June 1 or Saturday, June 2
9:30 am - 12:30 pm This program is full.

Interested in sharing the importance of our local butterflies and caterpillars and the plants that support them? Learn what it takes to be a butterfly house greeter/docent. Ages 16 & up. $10 fee for new butterfly house volunteers. Registration and payment is required. Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, x213 or

Teen & Adult Camp Volunteers Needed

AGES: 14 & older
TIME COMMITMENT: 3 days or more between the weeks of June 18 - July 20; 3 - 7  hours per day depending on the camp week. 

Volunteer with the Ladew Nature Camp staff while learning and having fun at the same time! Assist with daily activities including outdoor explorations, games, crafts, program setup, program breakdown and overall supervision of camp children, ages 2 - 9 years. (New volunteers require an interview and background check.)

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or

 Volunteer Opportunities


Lead 45 minute house tours
Teach guests about Harvey Ladew's Legacy
Learn about Maryland History, antiques and collectibles
Lead one hour garden tours
Give guided golf cart tours to guests who otherwise would not be able to experience the gardens
Garden Maintenance 
Help weed and maintain the Gardens 
Work alongside Ladew's professional garden staff
Nature Walk Maintenance
Help maintain trail and woodland ecology
Butterfly House Maintenance
Help weed, deadhead, and maintain the garden beds
Water garden beds as needed 
Butterfly House Docent

Greet and educate Butterfly House guests about our
local butterflies, caterpillars and plants found in the Butterfly House. 

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 
Miscellaneous clerical duties 
Special Events
Greet guests and sell admissions and/or memberships
Coordinate guest 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 PHONE OR EMAIL: Contact Sophie Wittelsberger at (410) 557-9570, ext. 216 or

Fill out an application