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.

We are open to suggestions. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Ryan – (502) 241-4788.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Talia and Cassielle Wafford

Talia began volunteering at Yew Dell in Fall of 2019 assisting with seasonal decor and helping in the nursery and the gardens.  She returned in June of 2020 and brought her 9 year old daughter, Cassielle, with her to help out and learn about the nursery and the gardens.

Talia was coming out two half days a week for an extended period of time; one day dedicated to the nursery and the other dedicated to the gardens.  In late August she began a program of study that would limit her time to only one day.  Talia assumed she would have to give up her time helping in the nursery.  She shared, “I want to express that I have appreciated Cosmo’s guidance after Jacob. Also, Jacob’s trust put in me and his practical guidance. Last, but not least, I will miss my time spent with a more seasoned fellow volunteer like Mr. Ed Hill on Tuesday mornings.”  We have been able to set a schedule for Talia so that she — and Cassielle, when she can join Talia — can participate in helping in both the nursery and the gardens on a single day each week.

We are so grateful for Talia and Cassielle and hope that their experience will encourage other parents and children to seek opportunities to volunteer together here at Yew Dell.


Yuletide at Yew Dell is almost sold out! There are still tickets available for Friday, December 4th at 4:30 pm and Sunday, December 6th at 4:30 pm. Hurry and reserve your spot today! www.yewdellgardens.org/classes-events

UPDATE: Yuletide is SOLD OUT

Photo taken by volunteer photographer, Stephen Love.
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Winterberry holly - Ilex verticillata

A great choice for the shrub habitat layer. Birds love the berries (botanically called a drupe).
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Thinking of deadheading your perennials or cutting back grasses? Wait! Today, Horticulture Apprentice, Megan Johnson, will share examples of how your garden can provide food and shelter for wildlife all winter long.

Leaving the seed heads and grass stalks in your garden provide food for birds in the winter. Tall grasses are also a great habitat for overwintering insects. When spring comes, the insects provide necessary protein for fledglings.

Photo taken by volunteer photographer, Maria Margulis.
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First hellebore sighting of the season! Yew Dell is home to a massive collection of the winter-blooming perennial flower, Hellebore (Helleborus). These magical deer-resistant flowers give us so much to look forward to during the dreary winter season. #flowerfriday #floweryourfeed ... See MoreSee Less

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This year’s holiday light display for Yuletide at Yew Dell is bigger and better than ever! Yuletide begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. We’ve already sold out of a few timed ticket slots so hurry and reserve your tickets today!

To purchase tickets, follow this link: www.yewdellgardens.org/classes-events🎄
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