Ladew Topiary Gardens

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in North America


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Volunteer Opportunities at Ladew

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