Yew Dell is an internationally-recognized center of gardening, plants and education, all offered in a stunning site of significant historical importance. Originally the home, gardens and commercial nursery of the late Theodore Klein and his family, Yew Dell now offers the public exceptional display gardens, an ambitious slate of education programs and community events, ongoing garden plant research, hiking trails and event rental opportunities.

Yew Dell is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Preservation Partner Project of the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit dedicated to saving the nation’s most exceptional gardens.


  • New year, new classes!  Check out our winter workshops here.
  • Our winter hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm. Admission is free. Restrooms are closed.
  • We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Horticulture Apprenticeship Program. Click here for more details.
  • We are accepting applications for a Building and Grounds Maintenance Technician.  Click here for more information.

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Winter virtual workshop spotlight: “Who’s Living in your Garden? An Insect Collecting Series” on Monday, February 1 from 6-7 pm.

This free virtual event is an overview for an upcoming four-part series that will allow you to gain a greater understanding of which insects are living in your backyard and what the biodiversity says about the plants growing there.

In each session of the four-part series, Sayde Heckman, Yew Dell’s Garden Manager, will lead discussions and hands-on activities for insect identification, insect collecting, insect pinning, and insect display, giving you an in-depth opportunity to take an insect inventory of your specific setting. These will be in-person sessions with limited capacity. Series pricing will include field guides, collecting and display supplies, and live plants.

Participants must attend this virtual overview in order to register for the series.

Follow the link to sign up: www.yewdellgardens.org/event/whos-living-in-your-garden-insect-collecting-series-overview-virtual/ 🪲🪳🕷🐞🦋
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A burst of color in the glass greenhouse to help beat the winter blues.

Photos taken by volunteer photographer, Ellen Sears.
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Looking for a jumpstart to your career in horticulture? Apply for our year-long Horticulture Apprenticeship Program! The program is from May 2021-May 2022. Apprentices are provided housing in a historic cottage on-site.
Look through the photos in this post to learn about a few of the many benefits this program offers.
We are accepting applications now until March 1, 2021.
Send your application to [email protected]
Want to learn more? Follow this link: www.yewdellgardens.org/horticulture-apprenticeship-program/
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Horticulture Apprenticeship Program
Program Overview:
This program is designed to provide recent college graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and have exposure to all the workings of a public botanical garden. With more than 60 acres of gardens, arboretum plantings, natural areas, greenhouse and nursery facilities, Yew Dell offers an excellent opportunity for exploration in a variety of experiences. The apprenticeship is designed to provide a springboard to a creative and productive career within
various fields in the green industry.

The general framework of the program is to annually bring to Yew Dell a contingent of energetic horticulture students for a 1-year, fixed-length position. During that 12-month experience, the apprentices will operate as regular full-time horticulture staff members. They will work with and learn from Yew Dell’s staff of experienced horticulturists on garden maintenance, plant collections curation, inventory and mapping, nursery and greenhouse production, event support and other activities. They will also have the opportunity to attend professional meetings and other activities in order to develop a professional network. Each apprentice will work with their supervisor to develop and complete an independent project during the program. Independent projects can take a variety of forms from field research to development of a particular expertise (grafting, irrigation design etc.), creation of educational materials, garden construction, and much more.

Yew Dell Apprentices will work closely with Yew Dell’s staff of horticulturists, development and marketing staff, operations and office staff and event/program planners, providing exposure to all aspects of the organization’s operations. During the length of the position, apprentices will live in on-site housing provided by Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Completion of a housing contract is required.

Apprentices are provided:
 Free on-site housing in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with washer and dryer, 2 living
rooms, 2 full kitchens, outdoor patio and fenced in yard.
 All utilities (except telephone) provided at no cost to the apprentice (water, trash/sewer, and electric)
 Access to Yew Dell’s wifi network in the administrative offices and limited areas on the grounds
 Yew Dell shirts and hat to be worn during work hours
 Support for attendance at green industry conferences, programs and events
 Up to 20 days of unpaid leave during the 12-month apprenticeship
 An hourly wage no less than the prevailing federal minimum wage rate with potential for overtime, if applicable

Apprentices are expected to:
 Complete the 12-month program
 Complete a housing contract and live in Yew Dell provided housing during the apprenticeship
 Provide appropriate transportation
 Work a 40-hour work week with varying days and hours
 Assist other Yew Dell staff with occasional program staffing outside normal work hours
 Complete an independent project (arranged with program supervisor) during the 12-month program

Apprentices will have opportunities to:
 Assist and collaborate with the Garden Manager in garden maintenance, planting, pruning, watering, plant curation, designing and much more
 Work with the Greenhouse and Nursery Manager on greenhouse maintenance, plant production, propagation and plant sales
 Visit regional nurseries, garden center, public and private gardens
 Learn to use a variety of power equipment
 Apply and test for a Kentucky pesticide applicator license
 Build relationships with industry members, Yew Dell volunteers, staff and board members
 Work with and lead individual and group volunteer efforts
 Continue to grow professionally through attendance at regional plant and industry conferences
 Develop presentation and teaching skills by offering tours, plant walks and other instruction for the public, members, volunteers and staff

To Apply:
Submit application with the following materials by March 1st:
 Cover letter
 Resume
 Letter from an academic advisor
 Two letters of reference from former or current employers

Email your application to [Email hidden]
Please do not submit your application through Facebook.
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“Winter should not be considered as only negation and destruction. It is a secret and inward working of powers, which in spring will burst into visible activity.” ~Henry James Slack

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