Ladew Topiary Gardens

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Fall Lecture Series  2016 

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.

FEE   $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 
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. 

 TIME   Coffee and Danish are served at 10 am. Lectures begin at 10:30 am.
RSVP    Reservations should be made in advance and accompanied by payment.
    Registrants' names are checked at the door on the day of the program ( tickets are not mailed).
TO REGISTER   Call Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570  ext. 261 or


Living with Southern Style with James Farmer    Sorry, sold out
Thursday, September 29 |10:30 am | with book sale

In this lecture, James Farmer will discuss how he incorporates the garden, food, family and interior design into, what he deems, Southern Style.  James is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, A Time To Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook; Dinner on the Grounds; and A Time to Celebrate.  Born and bred in the South, James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer, cook, author, and lifestyle expert.  He is editor-at-large for Southern Living and a frequent guest on television and radio.  Whether he’s teaching how to plan the perfect summer picnic, using everyday items to create exquisite tabletops, creating drop-dead gorgeous flower arrangements and wreaths, or making his grandmother’s skillet peach pie, Farmer will guide you through the art of elegant garden living.  

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 All the Presidents' Gardens with Marta McDowell 
 Thursday, October 6 | 10:30 am | with book sale

An entertaining romp through our nation's garden history as seen through the changing grounds at the White House, starring the presidents, first ladies, and their gardeners.  Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Timber Press published Beatrix Potter Gardening Life, which won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association.  Her first book,  Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, came out in 2005. Her latest is on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds, All the Presidents;Gardens, and she is working on a new book for Timber Press with the working title: A Wilder Garden: The Plants and Places of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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John Bartram: The King's Gardener! with Kirk R. Brown
Thursday, October 13 | 10:30 am  

America’s first and foremost botanist and plant collector is again on the speaking circuit!  Close friends with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, he was a correspondent with many of the world’s foremost scientists and plant collectors including: Philip Miller, Carl Linnaeus, Johann Gronovius and Peter Collinson.  He is credited with reforesting most of the English countryside with new “American” plant introductions.  He was especially conscious of how easily man can destroy the balance of nature.  His humor, his passion and his achievements will entertain, inspire and awe as he shares his hope for the future of the earth and the people who inhabit it!  Join John Bartram’s alter-ego, Kirk R. Brown – the current President of Garden Writers Association, a horticulturist, world-recognized botanist, key note speaker, business lecturer and dramatist – for an entertaining performance.

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Add Some Cheer to Your Fall and Winter Containers with Muffin Evander  
Thursday, October 20 | 10:30 am 

Are your once vibrant summer containers showing the effects of the long, hot season?  Fall and winter may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean the end of gardening. Join Muffin Evander, owner of Cultivated Designs as she creates plant combinations that will keep your containers looking bright and festive right through the holidays.  (Containers will be sold at the end of the lecture).

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Behind the Scenes on Walnut Hill with Kathy Hudson and Penney Hubbard 
Thursday, October 27 | 10:30 am | with book sale 

Join garden owner, Penney Hubbard, and writer, Kathy Hudson, for a behind-the-scenes look at On Walnut Hill: The Evolution of a Garden.  The garden, developed by A.C. and Penney Hubbard over 47 years, was transformed into one of the finest gardens in the area by the renowned plantsman and designer, the late Kurt Bluemel.  Hudson chronicles the story of the garden and the story of the family in their garden, while breathtaking photographs by award-winning Roger Foley capture one year in the life in the garden.  As Anne Raver, former New York Times garden columnist, says, "Any great garden changes with the seasons, and every hour of the day, but this one has changed the Hubbards and become their world.” 


We hope you enjoyed our Spring Lecture Series

 Ladew presents the Spring Lecture series, featuring distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The featured speakers 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.  


Spring Lecture Series 2016

Join us as these inspiring speakers 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. 

Held in Harvey Ladew’s Studio, lectures are $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. Lunch ($12) is optional and by reservation. Reservations should be made in advance and accompanied by payment.

Sign up for all five daytime lectures and receive one free!  Ladew Members $100, and $120 for non-members. Seating is limited for all lectures.

Coffee is served at 10 am. Lectures begin at 10:30 am promptly.

Registrants’ names are checked at the door on the day of the program (tickets are not mailed).


A Cultural Exploration of Chinese Gardens with Scott Rykiel
Wednesday, March 16 | 10:30 am

Scott Rykiel, FASLA, will speak about Mahan Rykiel’s recently completed conceptual designs for the Chinese Garden within the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. Extensive research and vast overseas experience guided the design, which pulls from the cultural foundations of Chinese garden creation. Rykiel will discuss the more symbolic approach of defining the spirit and character of a space, and how that philosophy of design is a juxtaposition to that of the Japanese garden, which focuses more on the ceremony of space and the creation of a focal element within the space. He will show how the cultural differences create the foundation for garden design and ultimately embrace the nuances particular to the respective cultures. Rykiel has more than 31 years of experience as a landscape architect on a broad range of projects, both in the United States and internationally.

Fine Gardening Meets Fine Dining –
Delectable Plants for the Home Landscape with Pandora Young 
Wednesday, March 23  |  10:30 am 

This presentation will highlight underused perennial and woody plants of both superior beauty and flavor. Learn how to use interesting and edible plants in the landscape, as well as in the kitchen. The results are sure to delight both your eye and your palate. Pandora Young is a Senior Gardener at Longwood Gardens with over 10 years of experience as caretaker for Peirce’s Park and Peirce’s Woods — Longwood’s historic arboretum and native plant display garden. She is also an instructor for Longwood’s Continuing Education classes on edible and native plants. In addition to a deep love of horticulture, Young is passionate about world travel and experiencing new foods – two things which often go hand in hand.

The Right-Size Flower Garden with Kerry Ann Mendez 
Wednesday, March 30  |  10:30 am 

Change happens. Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. This presentation features exceptional plants, design solutions, and sustainable practices for time-pressed and aging gardeners. As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes & Gardens. Mendez was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments. In August 2015 she was elected a Regional Director for the Garden Writers Association of America. She has published three popular gardening books – her most recent, The Right-Size Flower Garden, is a top sellerA book sale/signing will take place.

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Rescuing Eden: Preserving Americas Historic Gardens with Caroline Seebohm
Wednesday, April 6  |  10:30 am
  Caroline Seebohms latest book describes how some of America's finest gardens were set for demolition, abandoned, forgotten, or turned into parking lots over the years, until dedicated groups of local garden lovers and institutions restored them to their former glory and opened them to the public. Seebohm was born in England and educated at Oxford University. She has written eleven illustrated books on architecture, gardens, art and design, including At Home with Books, At Home with Art, English Country, and Private Landscapes. She writes articles for House & Garden in the U.K., The New York Times, Town & Country, amongst others. She is the author of five biographies and two novels and an avid educator, teaching English to children both in the United States and other countries. A book sale/signing will take place.

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"Seeds, Steeds, and Beautiful Weeds” - interpreting sculpture 
with Matthew Harris and Jann Rosen-Queralt

Wednesday, April 13 | 10:30 am
Join us for a lecture and tour of Ladew's 45th anniversary outdoor sculpture exhibit, "Seeds, Steeds, and Beautiful Weeds” with our artist-in-residence Matthew Harris, and MICA faculty member Jann Rosen-Queralt. We will explore the role of sculpture in the outdoors and join the artists for a walk through the exhibit in Ladew's wildflower meadow.  Harris, a blacksmith and sculptor, describes the subject matter for his sculpture as being inspired by nature and the rhythms and movements of life.  Rosen-Queralt’s approach to art integrates the diverse fabric of urban areas, revealing the character of each locale by maintaining environmental sensitivity and the poetry of voice.  (Please dress for the weather.)




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