Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

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All memberships are fully tax deductible. Guest passes are for one time use only. Ladew respects the privacy of its members and will not share or sell your information.

A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting Ladew Topiary Gardens at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Maryland 21111 or by phone (410) 557-9570.

Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.


Volunteer Training and Learning Opportunities

New volunteers receive hands-on training through scheduled training sessions 
and/or on-the-job experience throughout the year. Returning volunteers receive 
opportunities to attend refresher training classes, as well as off-site fieldtrips

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Volunteer Training Course :  Help Teach Children about Nature

Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 31 - April 16 (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Train to become a tour leader for children’s school field trips. Learn about plants and animals of the gardens, general ecology concepts and outdoor teaching techniques. $20 refundable fee. Registration and background checks required. To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, ext. 226, or

Butterfly House Volunteer Training

Saturday, June 6 or Wednesday, June 10 (9:30am – 12:30pm)

Interested in sharing the importance of our local butterflies and caterpillars and the plants that support them? Learn what it takes to be a butterfly house greeter/docent.. This is also a great refresher course for previous butterfly house volunteers Ages 16 & up. $20 refundable fee for new butterfly house volunteers. Advance registration & payment required. Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570,ext. 213, or

Volunteer Opportunities


  • House
    • Lead 45 minute house tours
    • Teach visitors about Harvey Ladew’s legacy
    • Learn about Maryland history, antiques and collectibles
  • Gardens
    • Lead one hour garden tours
    • Give guided golf cart tours to visitors who otherwise would not
      be able to experience the gardens

Garden Maintenance

  • Help weed and maintain the Gardens and/or Nature Walk
  • Work alongside Ladew’s professional garden staff

Children’s Programs

  • Teach children to understand and respect nature
  • Assist staff in conducting school field trips
  • Help with Summer Nature Camps

Office Administration

  • Help with mailings

Special Events

  • Greet visitors and sell admissions and/or memberships
  • Coordinate visitor parking
  • Assist with children’s activities and crafts

Holiday Workshops

  • Create wreaths and fresh arrangements for Ladew’s Holiday greens Sale
  • Learn techniques to create your own decorations at home


These are just a sampling of the volunteer opportunities available.

For more information or to volunteer:

BY MAIL OR FAX:  (Download Application Form)

BY PHONE OR EMAIL: Contact Barbara Barnoff at (410) 557-9570, ext. 215 or