Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Fall Lecture Series  2017 

Ladew’s Fall Lecture Series features distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The presenters will take you on a journey through their explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, and natural history, while offering rare glimpses into some of the nation’s most beautiful private gardens. Ladew’s Lecture Series is offered every Spring and Fall and is held in Harvey Ladew’s studio or barn gallery.

Tickets$25 for Members | $30 for Non-members
Series Discount: Sign up for all 5 Daytime Lectures and receive one Free. 
Ladew Members $100 | Non-members $120 
Time: Lectures begin at 10:30 am. Coffee and Danish are served at 10 am.  Doors open at 10 am
Lunch$12 lunch is optional and by reservation. (lunch reservations close on the Friday prior to each lecture Please notify us of any dietary restrictions if you are pre-ordering a lecture lunch) .
RSVP: Tickets should be purchased in advanced.
Questions:  Call Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570 ext. 261  or  
Individual Ticket Purchases
Discounted Series Purchases
Candy in the Garden:
Ideas and Inspiration to create eye-catching drama in any garden setting with Kent Russell
Thursday, October 5 | 10:30 am 
 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.
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Sculpture in the Garden: A Retrospective with Mary Ann Mears
Thursday, October 12 | 10:30 am 

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.

Passionate about sharing her joy in creating art, Mears is an advocate for the arts, especially arts education. She will talk about the relationship of being an artist creating public art and an advocate working in communities to bring arts education to all students in Maryland schools. The lecture will conclude with an outdoor tour of Mary Ann’s sculpture exhibit. Please dress for the weather.

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The art of gardening at Chanticleer with Bill Thomas 
Thursday, October  19 | 10:30 am | with book sale  

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. 

Bill has been working at Chanticleer for 14 years. Previously, he was at Longwood Gardens for 26 years. He leads the talented Chanticleer staff in its continued development of the young garden, now in its 24th year. He emphasizes an environmentally sensitive and multi-century approach to the property and is unifying the former estate into one cohesive garden. 

He and the staff co-authored The Art of Gardening (Timber Press). Bill is Chair of Greater Philadelphia Gardens, promoting the Philadelphia region as “America’s Garden Capital.” He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the 2017 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award (The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College). 

Chanticleer’s book, The Art of Gardening, will be for sale.
Photo credit: Lisa Roper 

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Artificial Nature: Renaissance Rome and the Birth of Garden Design with John Marciari 
Thursday, October 26 | 10:30 am | with book sale 
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 Marciari is the Charles W Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. He has published on many aspects of Renaissance and Baroque art, but he has long been fascinated with Italian gardens and has lectured widely and led several tours in Italy dedicated to the subject. Dr. Marciari received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

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Glorious Shade:
Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden  with Jenny Rose Carey
Thursday, November 210:30 am | with book sale      Lecture is sold out. Call to go on wait list. You may still order lunch if you are already registered for the lecture.  We will stop taking lunch orders on October 27th.
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.

Jenny Rose was born and brought up in England, but she now lives in Pennsylvania where she tends a 4.5 acre garden at a Victorian property called “Northview”. She is a life-long gardener, horticulturist and educator who believes in the power of gardening to change lives.

Jenny’s book, Glorious Shade, will be for sale  
  Photo credit: Rob Cardillo 

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Special Evening Dinner and Lecture  
Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul
Thursday, September 28
5 – 6:45 pm dinner in Café (Garden admission included, weather permitting)    
Location: Ladew Gardens | 7 pm lecture in Barn Gallery |with book sale 
Tickets: $40 Members | $50 Non-Members 
Registration: Tickets should be purchased in advance. 
Questions: Call Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570 ext. 261 or   


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.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen natural history books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America, and The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. His newest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean was published in 2015. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.

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