Ladew Topiary Gardens

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Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
Phone: 410-557-9570
Website: http://www.ladewgardens.com/

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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March 20, 2019
Lecture: Evolution of Chanticleer’s Gravel Garden
Ladew Gardens
The Chanticleer Gravel Garden is a stunning and unique landscape planted with a mix of fine-textured grasses, gray-leafed Mediterranean plants, drought tolerant perennials, annuals grown from seed, and hardy succulents. Form, texture, color, and rhythm are carefully considered in the design choices on this gently sloping site. Ms. Roper will introduce some of her favorite plants, cover planting techniques, the importance of "editing," and the technique of using photography to inform design decisions.
March 27, 2019
Lecture: The Hidden Cost (Industrial Scars)
Ladew Gardens
Art and environmental activism come together in this exhibition by celebrated American Photographer J Henry Fair. His superbly beautiful aerial images are appealing and bold- at first glance compositions of abstract shapes and colors. A closer look reveals them to be the detritus of industrial processes. The ethical implication of the photographs leaves viewers pondering the injustice of the human impact on nature. Henry’s work has appeared in major publications including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and Smithsonian Magazine. His newest work, Industrial Scars, received an Independent Publisher Book Award for “Most Likely to Save the Planet”. Henry’s photographs and a limited number of his books will be available for sale.
April 3, 2019
Lecture: Complementing the Landscape in Architectural Design
Ladew Gardens
By appreciating a site’s unique natural features, the design of a home or outdoor living space can incorporate the essence of nature for beauty and appeal. This photographic presentation by architect Peter Ratcliffe explores stunning outdoor living spaces and homes where topography, plants, and water are vital forces shaping the visual outcome. From waterfront to country settings, the surrounding landscape is embraced in the practical and beautiful design choices of homes, pathways, patios, roof top decks, pergolas, and swimming pools. Enjoy a stroll through Ladew's formal gardens after the lecture.
April 10, 2019
Lecture: Awaken Your Gardens
Ladew Gardens
New life can emerge from an old garden by using imaginative techniques. Design adjustments, choice of a theme, and addition of desirable plants can provide great visual rewards. Practical information guides the gardener about ways to rejuvenate an existing space, enhancing its form and structure. The process of transformation is illustrated in this lively lecture by garden designer Taffy Litz with informative before and after photographs. A list of “work horse” designer’s choice plants that provide multi-seasonal interest will be available. Enjoy a stroll through Ladew's formal gardens after the lecture.
April 17, 2019
Lecture: Renewal of the Blue Garden in Newport, Rhode Island
Ladew Gardens
The Blue Garden, an historic treasure designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., opened in 1918 with a flourish of celebrity. Once famous for its architectural and horticultural riches, the garden was almost forgotten by the early twenty-first century. The unique palette of blues and purples had become subsumed under a thick covering of weeds and invasive trees. Blue Garden director Sarah Vance will present the story of how the restoration team, inspired by archived materials from the original creators of the garden, reinterpreted the design and rebuilt the garden in all its glory while meeting contemporary sustainable standards. Enjoy a stroll through Ladew's formal gardens after the lecture.
June 6, 2019
Dinner and Evening Lecture: Enjoying the Outdoors Safely in the Age of Lyme Disease
Ladew Gardens
Dinner at Ladew Gardens' Cafe and Evening Lecture: Dr. John Aucott, an international authority in the management of tick borne disease, will discuss the latest information on preventing and managing Lyme and other tick-borne illness in Maryland. The risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases will be discussed. Ways to prevent tick bites will be highlighted as well as how to enjoy the out-of-doors safely. Dr. Aucott is the Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group and a professor at Johns Hopkins University. This lecture is a must for those who enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities. Enjoy a stroll through Ladew's formal gardens before the lecture.
August 6, 2019
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
Ladew Gardens
Gain knowledge, skills and confidence in raising monarchs and creating an interdisciplinary learning experience for your students, the community or yourself. 1 MSDE credit.
August 7, 2019
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
Ladew Gardens
Gain knowledge, skills and confidence in raising monarchs and creating an interdisciplinary learning experience for your students, the community or yourself. 1 MSDE credit.
September 19, 2019
Dinner and Evening Lecture: Monarchs and Milkweed
Ladew Gardens
Dinner at Ladew Gardens Cafe and Evening Lecture: Join Cornell University professor and author, Anurag Agrawal, for a fascinating investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside milkweed over the millennia, how plant poisons have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have also been culturally important for centuries. Enjoy the Butterfly House and a stroll through Ladew's gardens.
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