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.
SIGN IN AND OUT AT THE HORTICULTURE CENTER OR VISITOR CENTER: All volunteers sign in and out at the Horticulture Center or Visitor Center. Don’t know where this is? Ask at the Visitor Center. Thank you for taking time to sign in and out!
We are thrilled to honor Judy Vetovitz in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! Judy has been volunteering at Yew Dell since before it became a botanical gardens! In that time, Judy has helped welcome families with their Cultural Passes, led drop-in Saturday tours, welcomed attendees to our annual fundraiser, Twilight, and has helped build lasting relationships between Yew Dell and local scout troops. (If you’ve visited the Fairy Forest or Family Garden, you’ve seen the benefits of these partnerships!) Judy is a marvelous example of going above and beyond. Thank you, Judy!
Q: How did you first get involved with Yew Dell?
A: In 1999, I was a girl scout troop leader and my troop volunteered to weed the fence along the street from the current entrance down to the stop sign. At that time, none of us knew what would happen to the property, we just knew it needed some loving care. After “Friends of the Dell” bought the gardens in 2000, I continued to volunteer even though there was no official volunteer program and I’ve been there ever since.
Q: What surprised you the most about volunteering at Yew Dell?
A: I am frequently surprised to see the varieties of plants that grow at Yew Dell that come from countries around the world. And EVERY time I come to the gardens, I am surprised to see something new or changed.
Q: What has been your favorite experience at Yew Dell?
A: My favorite experiences are projects and events with other volunteers and staff members. The most memorable ones are decorating the castle and the barn for Yuletide with Janice Morgan and Fran Pullias, creating the fairy forest with Lindsay Duncan, making wreaths and decorations with Sayde, learning to care for succulents in the greenhouse with Jacob, greeting Twilight guests with my husband Stan, and working the admission gate with Kathy Jarboe, Madge, and Darlene.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I have been retired since 2015, but during my working years, I had two very different careers. My first career was teaching deaf-blind children and my second career was in the Training Dept at Yum Brands! (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell). Additionally, Oldham County Community Scholarships (OCCS) is a local non-profit organization that is 17 years old and I am the co-founder of it.
Q: What would you say to someone interested in volunteering at Yew Dell?
A:“Just do it!” …. Oh, sorry, I think that tagline has already been taken. But seriously, there are hundreds of things people can do to volunteer at Yew Dell. My favorites include: getting ready for the plant sale, making wreaths, acting as greeter for the annual fall fund raiser, hanging lights for the holidays, helping Girl Scouts get connected at Yew Dell, and talking to new visitors during Cultural Pass days (summer visits to culture thanks to the library)
Types of Volunteer Opportunities at Yew Dell:
March – November between 9am – 12pm.
March – November between 10am – 12pm.
- New Volunteers Welcome: Volunteer Orientations are scheduled on second Saturdays March-November from 9am-10:30 am. Interested in volunteering? Email our Volunteer & Website Coordinator, Amanda Barnett at [email protected] to receive information about the next available orientation or sign up here.
- 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!