Wonder, Learn, Grow… Volunteer!

Yew Dell has a dedicated group of volunteers with a large range of skills that help at special events or in day to day activities. We would love to have you join our group of wonderful volunteers!

Whatever your skills or experience, we have a project that could use your talent. Coming out to volunteer is a great way to meet new people, learn more about gardening, or develop a new skill. Yew Dell provides a beautiful outdoor setting to work in individually or as a group. We have opportunities that are great for novice gardeners, Master Gardeners, or even those who are not blessed with a green thumb.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Volunteers: 

In an effort to keep our volunteers, staff and visitors safe, Yew Dell has developed the following Guidelines specific to volunteers.  Thanks in advance for abiding by these to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.

MASKS:  It is ESSENTIAL that all  volunteers BRING A MASK everytime you volunteer.  You MUST wear a mask when you pass through the Visitor Center.  Once you’ve passed through as long as you are physically distanced from other volunteers, visitors and staff you may take your mask off.  Thank you for taking this precaution for the safety of all on the Yew Dell grounds.

ADHERE TO COVID-19 ENTRY AND EXIT PROCESS AT THE VISITOR CENTER: If you enter the grounds during our open hours, you may find that there are visitors in line to purchase admission.  Because of COVID-19 we have the Visitor Center set up so those entering do so on the right hand side of the barn and those leaving do so on the left hand side of the barn closest to the Gift Shop.  Gift Shop staff are working hard to process admissions quickly.  If there’s a line, thanks for being patient and allowing visitors to complete the purchase of their admission before you enter.  This will help our staff more easily manage the flow of people coming and going during COVID-19.

SIGN IN AND OUT AT THE HORTICULTURE CENTER: All volunteers sign in and out at the Horticulture Center rather than in the Administrative Building and/or Visitor Center.  Don’t know where this is?  Ask at the Visitor Center.  Thank you for taking time to sign in and out!

Types of Volunteer Opportunities at Yew Dell: 

Garden Volunteer Opportunities
Nursery Volunteer Opportunities
Woodland Trail Opportunities
Second Saturday Workday Opportunities
Arboretum Workday Opportunities
Photography Opportunities
Tour Guide Volunteer Opportunities
Special Event Volunteer Opportunities
  • New Volunteers Welcome: Volunteer Orientations are normally scheduled on second Saturdays March-November from 9am-10am. Due to COVID-19 our orientations aren’t scheduled as frequently.  Complete the registration form at the bottom of the page and you’ll be contacted about the next available orientation.
  • Training and materials are provided for all positions. Keep in mind if you are working outside that you will want to wear comfortable shoes and might want to wear something you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

For questions or additional information about volunteering, please email us at [email protected] Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Ellen Sears

While 2020 presented many challenges, it also brought unexpected opportunities.  We saw a suspension of volunteer activity early in the year followed by a renewal of involvement including the welcoming of some 40 new volunteers.  Ellen was among the newcomers.  She began in early Fall sharing her artistic abilities:  the creation of mandalas, meticulously folding puzzle purses for Twilight in the Gardens and building a magical new fairy house.  Since then she’s expanded her involvement to include providing beautiful photographs, engaging in special events like Yuletide, and most recently serving as an instructor for a virtual workshop on Smartphone Winter Nature Photography.  We are deeply grateful to Ellen for sharing her talents and enthusiasm.  Ellen shares her own thoughts on her volunteer service below.


Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) perched in the pecan tree, spotted by our Buildings and Grounds Technician, Brad Kessans, who’s not only handy but a talented naturalist. See if you can spot this orange-bellied bird during your next visit! ... See MoreSee Less
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Whether it's at a beautiful venue like Yew Dell Botanical Gardens (these are pics from our recent site visit 💕), your backyard, or an empty pasture, we're happiest when we're outdoors serving local food!We still have a few dates available this fall for small, outdoor weddings. If you are passionate about farm-to-table cuisine, we'd love to talk to you! Complete our inquiry form and we will get back to you!bit.ly/FarmtoForkWeddings_0509 ... See MoreSee Less
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We love a beautiful table set for dinner. This past weekend we were at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in their Barn for a wedding dinner. Woods and flowers are just the best, so pretty. ... See MoreSee Less
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Out with the old, in with the new! Horticultural staff and volunteers have been hard at work removing the bulbs from the Big Bloom and replacing it with a gorgeous summer annual display. We are so fortunate to have a whole nursery operation that grows and nurtures these plants in the greenhouse before they’re put in the ground. Sayde, our Garden and Arboretum Manager and the designer behind the display, arranged the potted up plants that will be planted around the castle tomorrow and it already has such an impact! It’s exciting to watch these plants grow and the drama unfold as the season progresses. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this massive garden project. It takes a village. #weloveourvolunteers ... See MoreSee Less
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VOA’s moms at Unity House and Freedom House received a beautiful Mother’s Day surprise from our incredible friends at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. They delivered a gorgeous arrangement of flowers to our mothers. It was a great way to celebrate their hard work creating new hopeful, healthy lives for their families. Thank you, Yew Dell Gardens, for helping us uplift the people we serve. We are grateful to have you as a part of our VOA family. ... See MoreSee Less
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