Visit the Gardens
A visit to the gardens is the best way to pick new plants and plant combinations for your own garden. Our gardeners recommend you visit about every two weeks to catch all the gardens have to offer. And here’s a hint: don’t pick single plants to plant at home. When you see something you like, find a companion plant that works with it. Planting in combinations will help your garden feel better coordinated.
- Self-directed tours: Pick up a printed Visitor Brochure and Guide/Map at the Visitor Center for general descriptions of the grounds, gardens and buildings. Hiking Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center.
- Hiking Trails: Yew Dell’s hiking trails offer visitors a convenient way to enjoy the natural areas adjacent to the gardens. A two-acre pond, active beaver dams and over a mile of hiking trails make for a wonderful walk in the woods anytime of the year.
- IPod Tours: Pick up a free IPod (sorry, you have to give it back when you are done!) at the Visitor Center for an audio introduction to Yew Dell and guided tour through the gardens. The IPod tours follow the numbered locations on the printed Visitor Guide.
- Guided Tours: Yew Dell’s volunteer tour guides offer lively and informative tours of the grounds. You’ll learn about Yew Dell’s history, development of the botanical gardens, programs, annual events and more. Tour guides can usually be arranged for groups of 10 or more paying visitors or members. Please call two weeks ahead to give us sufficient time to arrange for a guide.
Kids & Families
- Nature and Garden Backpacks – These backpacks are filled with bug catchers, magnifiers, nature guides, sketch pads, journals and more. They are great for family and school group activities – and they’re FREE for use on the grounds!
- Books N Blankets – Looking for a laid-back way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon with the kids? Ask our Visitor Center staff for a Book N Blanket Basket. Each basket contains a comfy blanket and a handful of nature/garden-themed children’s books. Then, find a nice shady spot, spread out the blanket, and enjoy sharing a special book together. And if you have a favorite book you think we should offer, let us know. We’re always looking for good additions.
- Scavenger Hunts – Also available at the Visitor Center are several scavenger hunt cards for kids. There’s one for Yew Dell architectural details, one for unusual plants and others on the way.
- Saturday Morning – Children in the Dell Programs – Each Saturday (10:30am – noon) April through October, Yew Dell offers this program just for kids. They’ll enjoy nature walks, planting vegetables in the garden, catching insects and a host of other garden and nature inspired activities. Each session is lead by an experienced educator. Drop ins are welcome but preregistration is encouraged to guarantee a spot.
Classes and Programs
Yew Dell offers informal walks and workshops all year long, covering all aspects of gardening, local natural history and everything in between. Look for the Yew Dell Green symbol for sustainable gardening programs. Classes are listed in chronological order.
Visit the Garden Shop located in the Visitor Center for garden-themed gifts, Yew Dell selected gardening tools, staff pick books, kid gifts, convenience items and refreshments. And just outside the Visitor Center, don’t forget to take a look around the Plant Center for a special addition or two for your own garden. Many of these plants are propagated in Yew Dell’s nursery.
Yew Dell offers many ways to volunteer and learn. Work in the garden, help in the office, join an event committee. If you have the time, we’ve got a slot for you. No experience necessary. In fact, volunteering at Yew Dell is a great way to learn, from our staff and other volunteers.