Wonder, Learn, Grow… Volunteer!

COVID 19 UPDATE:  In response to recent updates on COVID19 and to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff,  volunteer opportunities have been somewhat streamlined.  We are excited we’ve been able to re-engaged many of our registered volunteers since re-opening in June.  If you have an interest in applying to volunteer, you’ll find our online registration at the bottom of this page.  Please complete this and we’ll be in touch to let you know as soon as we are able to schedule an orientation for new volunteers.

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.

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

Volunteers of the Year for 2019

Ruth and Larry have been volunteering in the gardens since 2007. In 2017 they became regulars in the weekly Garden Workdays helping with weeding, mulching, and planting. In 2018 they joined the Garden Adoption Program and adopted the Walled Garden with Andrea Eisenbrei where they have transformed the space from a modge-podge perennial garden to a seasonally themed annual display. As a part of the Garden Adoption Program they have dedicated 2 hours per week to maintaining and assisting in the Walled Garden, March to November. In 2019 Ruth and Larry donated materials for the restoration of the walled garden pond and guided the installation of a new liner and fountain. Not only do they do amazing work in the Garden Adoption program, but they also help in other areas from volunteering for the Nursery Workdays to pressing cider at Boo Dell. Ruth and Larry took “garden adoption” to the next level. Not only did they maintain their garden, but went beyond maintenance to elevate the experience visitors have in the Walled Garden. They donated a beautiful table, chairs and umbrella for the patio area near the Admin house. They completely restored the pond and it was no easy task! Having the water in the pond and the fountain working has had such a massive impact on the garden. The pond is part of our history and we are so grateful for their tireless efforts.


New Twilight Auction Item donated by Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

ProvenWinners®️ ColorChoice®️ has generously given us a few new plants to add to the auction block. Most of the items will not be on the market until 2021, making this the only chance you’ll have to get them this year. All of the Proven Winners®️ ColorChoice®️ selections will ship directly from Proven Winners to the winning bidder, so you can bid even if you do not live in Louisville! All of their selections are in the trees and shrubs category in our online auction.

1. Invincible Garnetta Hydrangea arborescens- Smooth hydrangea collection

2. Collection of Sunshine Blue II Caryopteris ‘Bluebird’

3. Kodiak Orange Diervilla Bush Honeysuckle

Link to bid: one.bidpal.net/twilight2020/welcome
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Our first harvest of marigolds for our friends at Anchal Project 🌿

Did YEW know... we have a natural dye garden? The marigolds growing in the garden beds behind our log cabin are grown and tended by Yew Dell staff and volunteers. Once they are harvested and dried, we share them with our friends at Anchal Project, who produce natural, plant-based dyes. Anchal’s dyeScape project then uses naturally dyed fabrics to create beautiful fashion and household items sold to support their mission.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is one of several locations of Anchal Project’s natural dye gardens.
Extracting and dyeing fabrics with natural, plant-based dyes eliminates the use of harsh chemicals and protects our water supply. Together we are raising awareness about eco-friendly, sustainable practices.

Community collaboration is beautiful!
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Twilight Auction item donated by Chicago Botanic Garden

Rosularia plattyphylla - Rosularia

This wonderful little hardy succulent is a great pocket groundcover or trough plant for the sunny garden. Best in soil with good drainage, it will make a low mat of succulent rosettes. Easy to propagate by offsets. White flowers form on short stalks in late spring/early summer. Fun to grow and share with friends. Donated by the Chicago Botanic Garden. 3 plants in pint pots.

This item can ship!

Plants from Chicago Botanic Garden came from our friend Phil Douglas: “Over the past three years, I have led expeditions to Azerbaijan twice, the Republic of Georgia, Japan, and Romania. We also conduct a great deal of collecting work here in the United States.”
Phil invited us to send staff to CBG and bring home a van load of specialties he's brought back from his recent explorations.

Thank you to our friends at CBG for the wonderful plants in our auction!

Want this cool plant in your own home garden? Follow this link to bid: one.bidpal.net/twilight2020/welcome 🌿
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Thank you to our friends at Evolve KY we now have TWO Level 2 car chargers for public use in our front parking lot. Come enjoy the gardens while you charge your car! m.facebook.com/183628531678466/posts/4483941704980439/?extid=3OgIluimGX3IVHzW&d=n ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy first day of fall! Our fall newsletter is hitting Yew Dell members’ mailboxes this week. To read the digital version follow this link:  yewdellgardens.org/quarterly-newsletter-archive/

Want to receive a printed quarterly Yew Dell newsletter in your mailbox? Become a member today! www.yewdellgardens.org/membership
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