Horticulture Apprenticeship

Want to work in an inspiring environment with inspiring people?

Year-long apprenticeship program designed to jump start your career in the green industry.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens’ Horticulture Apprenticeship provides 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 provides a springboard to a creative and productive career within various fields in the green industry.

As an apprentice, you will…

Learn from experienced Horticulturists

Apprentices will work alongside the Garden and Arboretum Manager as well as the Greenhouse and Nursery Manager in plant collection maintenance, propagation, sales, design, and installation. Having experience in floriculture, greenhouse and nursery production, turf management, landscape design, horticulture education, equipment operation, and arboriculture our staff has a lot to offer.

Attend local and out-of-state conferences

A huge part of a successful horticulture career is creating a thriving professional network and continuing education outside of a classroom setting. Yew Dell supports its apprentices and staff to attend a variety of events for this exact purpose. Whether you’re interested in native plants, propagation, perennials, or garden design there is always a conference to attend and a class to take.

Network with other gardeners

Having over 300 volunteers, annually, Yew Dell has an outstanding network of gardeners. From the Master Gardeners to the Hosta experts our volunteers have a wonderful wealth of knowledge and a huge passion for plants. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work alongside, learn, and educate the people that make Yew Dell such a special place.

Share your love of plants with the general public

Practice makes perfect, maybe not in the case of binomial nomenclature, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. Throughout the apprenticeship apprentices will have the opportunity to lead and organize a variety of plant walks geared towards their specific interests. This allows for improving upon a variety of skills such as plant identification and public speaking.

Assist with Plant Sales

Yew Dell is cultivating a unique position in the horticulture industry.  In 2020 we set out to grow more plants in the newly expanded nursery operation.  These plants leave the nursery in three avenues: for the gardens, for our plant sale events, and to the wholesale horticulture industry.  Join us in broadening the local plant availability through our unique and always growing plant production.

Live in a english-style cottage with a botanical garden as your backyard

On-site housing is provided to apprentices during the duration of the 12 month program. The beautiful 2-story stone cottage was built by Theodore and Martha Lee Klein for their daughter Marian Klein, a photographer and passionate gardener. Remodeled, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms, washer and dryer, lots of charm, and only a 1 minute walk to the gardens.

Apprentices are provided:
Free housing including all utilities except telephone
 An hourly wage equal to the then prevailing federal minimum wage rate
 Access to Yew Dell’s wifi network (in office and limited areas on the grounds)
 Yew Dell shirts 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

Apprentices are expected to:
 Complete the 12-month program
 Live in Yew Dell provided housing
 Provide appropriate transportation
 Work a regular 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

Interested in becoming a Horticulture Apprentice in the future?

Visit Yew Dell: Potential apprentices are encouraged to visit the gardens on a tour or participate in a volunteer shift. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Laura at [email protected]

Questions about the program? Please send an email to our Gardens and Arboretum Manager, Sayde at [email protected] for more information.


Alice Kimbrell
“The apprenticeship program is a rewarding experience for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in horticulture, communication skills, and the world of public gardens. The staff at Yew Dell are incredible to work with, and without the my experience at Yew Dell, I wouldn’t be where I am today!”
Nick Kreevich
“The apprenticeship program allowed me to explore the many facets of public gardens, such as garden design, volunteer management, and plant production. This opportunity opened many doors for me at other well-known and renowned gardens and I couldn’t be any prouder to be a part of the alumni of this program.”
Lori Carlos
“Yew Dell is a family, you feel at home when you are away from your own.You never know what to expect when moving to a new state, with new faces, and a new job; I can wholeheartedly say it was meant to be. The skills you obtain are invaluable and prepare you for a bright future in horticulture related fields.”