The Yaddo Gardens are a vital part of the estate and one of Saratoga Spring’s most pleasant attractions. They are maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Yaddo Garden Association, who work in the gardens, serve as docents, or both.

Opening Day for Garden Work

The opening day for garden work is announced in early April. Gardening is done from late April to late October, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings starting at 9 a.m. and finishing at noon. Returning volunteers typically start the final weekend in April, while new volunteers are invited for the following weekend. The best way to become a volunteer is simply to show up when there are volunteers there! Gardeners are put to work quickly. You can also fill out this volunteer form, and the YGA volunteer coordinator will respond.

Garden Docents

Docents conduct guided tours of the gardens as well as present slide shows on the Trasks and horticulture at Yaddo for interested groups. You can also use this form to express interest, and they will deliver your name to the YGA volunteer coordinator.