Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Nature Walk

Harvey Ladew was drawn to the Maryland countryside in the 1920’s because
of the beautiful open space. The Nature Walk at Ladew was opened in 1999 and
provides a contrast to the cultivated, formal gardens with pathways through
a natural landscape.

Guests can experience the various wildlife habitats of Ladew, which is located
within the Piedmont Plateau. In addition to educational stations along the 1.5 mile
trail, there is a short boardwalk through wetland forest and fresh water marsh.
Tours are self-guided, aided by a printed map and descriptions of each station.


As we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nature Walk in 2019, we welcome Tully the turtle to Ladew’s educational team! Come join Tully as your tour guide on the Nature Walk’s new educational signs or catch him for 'Tully Tuesdays' on Facebook.  

Because habitats change with the season, we invite you to return at other times so that you have the opportunity to encounter new plants and creatures or see familiar ones in different stages of their life cycle.

For those of you who would like to know more about the natural history of our region, there is a selection of nature guide books available in the Gift Shop.