Volunteer

From Beginning Gardener to Master Gardener, there's a place for everyone.

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.

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Our goal is to empower all volunteers to contribute to the mission of Yew Dell while providing a rewarding and engaging experience where all contributions are valued and appreciated.

Volunteer Spotlight

Ed quickly took a liking to the nursery and stops by each week. He is also part of our Volunteer Photographer team and always has his camera with him to capture events or the gardens if things are slow in the nursery.  Volunteers find many ways to find self-gain while helping Yew Dell; an escape from their day to day, camaraderie with garden staff and other volunteers, fulfilling service hours for scholarships and programs… but Ed is a great example of one who comes out and enjoys learning more about their hobby of gardening.

We are thrilled to honor Ed Hill in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! 

I retired in 2018 and was looking for somewhere to volunteer. I grew up on a farm and have always had an appreciation for the land and growing things even though I knew I did not want to farm for a living. I first started volunteering at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens (which I still do) before it opened, but I decided I want to do something more. The Waterfront Botanical Gardens was just opening and it was neat to there from the beginning. I thought it would also be neat to volunteer at a more established place, so I started volunteering at Yew Dell soon after. I signed up for the nursery area and have been there ever since. I like getting my hands dirty!

I was very surprised by the diversity of plants at Yew Dell both in the garden and in the nursery. I always check out the tags on the plants in the nursery. I aways discover new plants. The different garden areas are amazing and very professionally done. I recently discovered the Woodlands beyond the pollinating meadow. It is an great addition to Yew Dell.

All of my experiences at Yew Dell are amazing – assembling pots and trays, up potting plants, moving plants from one location to the other, even weeding!  I cannot remember a single day that I have volunteered that I did not learn something that I did not know. The highlight of each volunteer day is my walk through the greenhouses and gardens just enjoying the view. Although not a volunteer experience, the Bourbon and Beyond series of concerts are a favorite part of our summers.

I was the sixth generation to live on the farm I grew up on in Henry County, Kentucky. My family had deep roots there. Unfortunately the farm is no longer owned by the family.  However, “you can take the boy off the farm but not the farm out of the boy.”

The place is amazing and so are the people. There are many things you can volunteer to do. If getting your hands dirty is not your thing, volunteer as a docent, build house for the Fairy Forest, work in the woodlands. There is certainly something for you!

 At home Ed not only gardens but also has a growing interest in cold frames. Working in the greenhouses at Yew Dell gives him plenty of insight in how to adjust, improve, and be more successful at home.  He was able to make his own cold frame by recycling some of the used plastic from the greenhouse that was recovered this fall.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Garden
Workdays

If you love being outdoors and around plants Yew Dell can always use a few more gardeners – whether beginner or expert! The need in the gardens changes from season to season, but there is always plenty that needs to be done. Tasks include weeding, pruning, mulching, raking, planting and more.

Orientation required

Saturday
Workdays

A tradition at Yew Dell since 2002, this is a great opportunity to come on out and meet other volunteers, work in the gardens and have a great time. Individuals and groups welcome.

Nursery
Volunteers

Are you interested in a "behind the scenes" look at how plants make their way through the nursery then into our garden and gardens throughout our community? Reach out to learn about how to get involved in the Nursery Program!

Orientation required

Woodland
Volunteers

Yew Dell has over one mile of walking trails that were originally created in a combined volunteer effort. Woodland Volunteers help to remove invasive plants, seed native plants, maintain paths, and grow a better environment for our local, native wildlife.

Orientation required

Volunteer
Orientation

Looking to get involved? You're in the right place! Join us for a Volunteer Orientation session to learn about all the volunteer opportunities Yew Dell has to offer and how to join our team!

Please note that participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to orientation. See FAQ below for more information about youth volunteers.

Volunteer
Photography

Our photographers work to capture the beauty of the gardens as well as the human element. The photos and videos provided by our volunteer photographers may be utilized in social media posts, website updates, printed publications and more.

Orientation required

Docent
Program

Yew Dell has a fascinating history, beautiful gardens, and lots of charm to share with guests. If you want to learn more about Yew Dell and share that information, then this is the perfect task for you! Mandatory orientation and training are required for those approved for this role.

Orientation required

Fairy
Volunteers

Help to spark the imagination of visitors of all ages! Fairy volunteers get creative building houses for our Fairy Forest as well as assisting in its maintenance throughout the year.

Orientation may be required 

Opening
Day

More Information Coming Soon

Spring Plant
Sale

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Summer Annual
Planting

More Information Coming Soon

Cultural
Pass

More Information Coming Soon

Volunteer FAQs

No! We take volunteers of all different skill levels and you will certainly learn while working in the gardens.

Yew Dell will provide you all the tools needed for your task, but encourages you to bring your own garden gloves. If you have a favorite tool, you’re welcome to bring it, just be sure it’s labeled with your name and you don’t forget it when you leave!

Yew Dell encourages volunteers to bring their own gloves, though we do have a small stash for those that don’t bring their own. We also encourage volunteers to bring water,  a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, or other items you may need for comfort while working outside.

You must be 13 years or older to volunteer independently. Volunteers who are ages 7-12 must have parent/guardian supervision. Yew Dell has a variety of opportunities for youth. Whether you are seeking service opportunities with your family, your church group, your youth organization, your school or simply on your own, we are excited to work with you to match you with appropriate activities that provide a fun and meaningful experience for you.

If you are looking for a fun way for employees, church groups, classes, or other organizations to get involved as a group, we offer many exciting opportunities for small to large groups. Contact us to learn about current opportunities.

Yew Dell hosts a variety of events throughout the year for the community, fundraising, members, children, etc. If you like being a part of the hustle and bustle of a busy event or just enjoy meeting new people, then you would have a blast volunteering at special events by helping with: check-in, children activities, event planning, auctions, and so much more (some events have mandatory orientation). Volunteers help with event set up and break down as well.

Yes! Yew Dell is a fantastic place to complete community service hours for school. We strongly encourage youth volunteers to get involved!

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