Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

 Picture of Volunteers at Ladew Gardens

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

FridayMarch 17 or Saturday, March 18

Interested in becoming a volunteer at one of the Top 5 Gardens in North America? Please join us at our annual Volunteer Open House to learn about current volunteer opportunities. Choose Friday or Saturday sessions from 9:00-11:00am. The program will be held in the Studio and weather permitting a short walk through the House and Gardens will be included. (Complimentary coffee and tea will be served at 8:45 am.)

To register, contact Barbara Barnoff at 410-557-9570 x215 or


Teach Children about Nature: Fall Volunteer Training Course

September 6, 8, 13 & 15 /9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Train to become a tour leader for children’s school fieldtrips.  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, ext. 226 or

Butterfly House Volunteer Training 

Friday, June 2 or Saturday, June 3 / 9:30am - 12:30pm

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. Advance registration & payment is required. Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, ext. 213 or     



Volunteer Opportunities


Lead 45 minute house tours
Teach visitors about Harvey Ladew's Legacy
Learn about Maryland History, antiques and collectibles
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 
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 visitors 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 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