Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America



















































































































Spring Lecture Series  2017 

Ladew’s Spring 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 Lectures begin at 10:30 am. Coffee and Danish are served at 10 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



Britain in the World:
British Art at Yale from Reformation to Brexit with Matthew Hargraves, Ph.D. 
Wednesday, March 22 | 10:30 am 

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the newly reopened Yale Center for British Art. Speaker, Matthew Hargraves will present the story of art in Britain between two seismic events in the nation's history: the Protestant Reformation in the 1530s and the 2016 Brexit vote to leave the European Union. He will also reveal how curators at Yale have used over 500 objects that put British art in a global context and show how British art defined a nation that shaped the modern world. Matthew specializes in the history of British art, especially the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and is the author a variety of publications. Matthew is the Chief Curator of Art Collections and helped oversee the complete reinstallation of the Center’s art collections.

Locally Grown Flowers:
Why Use Them, Where to Get Them and How to Design With Them with Ellen Frost 
Wednesday, March 29 | 10:30 am Sold out


Learn how the global flower industry works and why buying local is important for the environment and communities. Ellen Frost will share resources for the best places to buy local flowers in our region and will create seasonal designs using locally grown flowers and foliage. Ellen is the founder and owner of Local Color Flowers, a design studio in Baltimore, which sources all of its flowers, foliage, branches and plants from farms within 100 miles. Ellen has an MBA from Loyola University and is a Baltimore Master Gardener. She is a national leader in the Local Flowers movement and is an active member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. 

                                                                           Sponsored By:   
The Best of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with David Culp
Wednesday, April 5 | 10:30 am | with book sale   Only a few spots left. Please call to register!

Join David Culp, lifelong plantsman and award winning writer and lecturer, as he shares a behind the scenes view and unique perspective of the horticulture industry. David will present an overview of perennial plants that have stood the test of time, from old classics to current trends, explain what makes a trend, and share what the next one might be. He will also discuss hits and misses based on his own trials, tribulations, and observations in his gardens. David is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sunny Border nurseries in CT as well as the creative genius behind his own celebrated gardens at Brandywine Cottage in PA where his layered garden concept results in a four season botanical feast for the senses.  

David’s award-winning book, The Layered Garden, will be for sale.

                                                                            Sponsored By:  
Why Are Gardens Important? with Ben Lenhardt
Wednesday, April 12 | 10:30 am | with book sale 

  Join Chairman of the Garden Conservancy, Ben Lenhardt, as he shares a brief history of gardens and their functions, and explains what the Garden Conservancy is currently doing to save and share outstanding American gardens. A long time avid gardener, Ben retired in 2003 as chairman and CEO of Americas-UBS Asset Management and member of the UBS AG Group Managing Board. He joined the board of directors of the Garden Conservancy in December 2004, becoming Vice-Chairman of the board in 2007 and Chairman in 2011. His focus on garden preservation combines his interests in gardening and architecture including involvement with historic Drayton Hall and preservation projects within the iconic antebellum city of Charleston.

The Garden Conservancy’s book, Outstanding American GardensA Celebration—25 Years of the Garden Conservancy, will be for sale

Vegetable Gardening in the Home Landscape with Harold Taylor  
Wednesday, April 19 |10:30 am  
  Learn about preparing a vegetable garden for spring planting and eventual summer dining. Hear about seed vs. plant options, soil, watering and timing of crops. Get ideas for bed and container design that take advantage of small spaces. Harold Taylor is the Section Gardener in the Horticulture Display division at Longwood Gardens and oversees daily operations in the Idea Garden and surrounding areas. A member of the Longwood Gardens family for more than 30 years, he is a graduate and current instructor in the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood and has extensive experience in working with vegetables, herbs, fruits and the compost demonstration site at Longwood.  
Special Evening Dinner and Lecture
The Foodscape Revolution with Brie Arthur 
Thursday, June 1 
 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:  Advance registration and payment required 


Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie Arthur is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to "think outside of the box," Brie pairs edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increasing bio-diversity and inspiring and engaging people of all ages. Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, Brie is combining her passion for plants and design and communicating the value of horticulture. She is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement, a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing a Greener World.  

Brie's forthcoming book, The Foodscape Revolution, will be for sale.

                                                                                       Sponsored By: