Ladew Topiary Gardens

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Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
Phone: 410-557-9570

These world-renowned gardens include over 100 topiaries on 22 acres. Fox hunting memorabilia and antiques fill the 1747 Manor House. Named "One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America". Nature walk, Café, Gift Shop and historical display.


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September 23, 2017
Wild Walk: Monarchs, Honeybees and more!
Ladew Gardens
The fall season in Ladew’s meadow and Butterfly House is a great time to explore the fascinating lives of these important pollinators as well as learn how we can support them. Led by local beekeeper Jim Zink and Ladew’s Butterfly House Manager Sue Myers, we will conclude with a Monarch tagging demonstration.
September 28, 2017
Special Evening Dinner and Lecture: Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul
Ladew Gardens
Join us for a special dinner and lecture featuring renowned Ornithologist and author, Scott Weidensaul. 5 - 6:45 pm Dinner in the cafe; stroll the gardens 7 - 8 pm Lecture, followed by book sale/signing Forever we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverses immensities of space the way we cross the street. New research continually expands our understanding of where birds travel and their migratory feats. But while the populations of many migratory birds are in decline, we can do many things to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them.
October 5, 2017
Candy in the Garden with Kent Russell
Ladew Gardens
A nationally recognized celebrity gardener, Kent will entertain and educate with his informative presentation "Candy in the Garden." Served up with verve and humor and illustrated with a wide assortment of live plant material, he will focus on creating eye-catching drama in any garden setting. In addition to the abundant plant material, Kent will share stories about his recent gardening adventures. Kent served as "The Garden Guru" on PBS and is listed as a preferred speaker by The Garden Club of America. Essentially born with a silver trowel in his hand, he started his life in horticulture at his family's nursery, Russell Gardens in Bucks County, PA. Kent designs gardens and container plantings for clients throughout the East Coast.
October 9, 2017
Brushes & Blooms: Autumn Splendor
Ladew Gardens
Paint with us and enjoy an evening of creativity and fun with a gathering of friends, food and drink. Celebrate the joy of fall with this bright harvest painting.
October 12, 2017
Sculpture in the Garden: A Retrospective with Mary Ann Mears
Ladew Gardens
Mary Ann Mears is Ladew’s 2017 featured artist, whose sculptures are on display in our wildflower meadow through October 31st. Mary Ann’s career as an artist, who creates site-specific public art, involves her in thinking about ways to integrate art into a space so that it enhances it and expresses ideas unique to that place and to the community around it. She will discuss how she approaches garden sites, whether placing existing pieces or creating new sculpture, and she will share reflections on ways she draws images and inspiration from the natural world. The lecture includes an outdoor tour of Mary Ann's exhibit; please dress for the weather. 
October 19, 2017
The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer with Bill Thomas
Ladew Gardens
Join Chanticleer's Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to make the garden fun, visually exciting, and environmentally responsible. Chanticleer's book, 'The Art of Gardening,' will be for sale. (Photo by Lisa Roper, Chanticleer)
October 26, 2017
Artificial Nature: Renaissance Rome and the Birth of Garden with John Marciari
Ladew Gardens
Drawing on a chapter from his book, The Art of Renaissance Rome, John Marciari discusses the beginnings of modern garden design in the gardens of Rome and the surrounding countryside. Looking particularly at places such as the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, his lecture will demonstrate how the Renaissance gardens manifest the same artistic spirit seen in the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, and their contemporaries. John’s book, The Art of Renaissance Rome, will be for sale.
November 2, 2017
Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden with Jenny Rose Carey
Ladew Gardens
In this lecture, Jenny Rose Carey (Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm) will talk about design ideas and horticultural suggestions for shade gardening. She will show verdant photos of shade gardens that she has visited in different parts of the world, and talk about shade-specific design ideas. In the horticultural section of the talk she will give lists of native and non-native, but well-behaved shade plants, as well as invasive plants. Personally tested tips for planting and maintaining a shade garden round out this presentation which is based on her newly released book Glorious Shade, which will be for sale. (Book cover photo by Rob Cardillo).
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