Volunteers play a crucial role at Ladew Gardens, lending a hand in various capacities in almost all of our departments, whether working with the public or behind the scenes. Through their efforts, volunteers contribute to the beauty of the gardens, the success of our educational programs & special events, the enjoyment and experience of our visitors. Our volunteers are highly valued members of the Ladew family.


We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for garden lovers of all ages, abilities, and interests. Chances are, we have volunteer jobs you will enjoy at the activity and involvement level you desire. As a Ladew volunteer, you’ll spend time with our talented and dedicated staff, and with other wonderful volunteers. You’ll delight in and share our visitors’ enthusiasm for this wondrous place.


Children’s Programs  

• Teach children to understand and respect nature
• Assist staff in conducting school field trips 
• Help with summer nature camps

Special Events 

• Greet visitors, sell admissions and/or memberships, provide information
• Assist with special event setup and/or breakdown
• Assist with visitor parking

Garden Maintenance 

• Work alongside Ladew’s professional garden staff 
• Help weed and maintain the gardens

Nature Walk Maintenance 

• Help maintain trail and woodland ecology

Butterfly House Maintenance and critter care 

• Assist in the care of butterflies and caterpillars
• Help weed, water, deadhead and maintain garden beds


• House docents lead 45 minute tours of the Manor House
• Garden docents lead one hour tours of the formal Gardens
• Butterfly House docents educate visitors about local butterflies & caterpillars

Flower Arranging 

• Create fresh flower arrangements for the Manor House

Holiday Workshops 

• Create wreaths and fresh arrangements for Ladew’s Holiday Greens Sale

Office Administration 

• Assist with mailings and office support



We rely on our volunteers’ help, expertise and energy. We will ensure you receive excellent training and support specific to your assignment. Certain volunteer assignments, such as docents, require mandatory training; others will receive on-the-job orientation.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Ladew Gardens, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Sophie Wittelsberger at 
Fill out an application and send it to Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton MD. 21111 / attention to Volunteering

>>Volunteer application<<

We look forward to welcoming you to Ladew’s Volunteer Family!




Ladew Topiary Gardens is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits.” Both House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.