Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Picture of the Nature Walk sign with butterfly nets at Ladew Gardens

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.

Visitors can experience the various wildlife habitats of Ladew, which is located
within the Piedmont Plateau. In addition to educational stations along the1.5 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.

 

 

 

1 Old Field   10 Lycopodium
2 Wetland Forest   11 Quarry Overlook
3 Young Successional Forest   12 Butterfly Meadow
4 Freshwater Marsh   13 Vernal Pool
5 Yellow Branch   14 Dead Timber
6 Forest Edge   15 Evergreens
7 Polo Field   16 Sedge Meadow
8 Upland Forest   17 Snakes
9 Quarry Pond      



 

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.