Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Family Nature Explorers

Join us as we investigate fascinating nature-based themes on selected weekends this season! Programs will start with an indoor introduction before we venture out into the Gardens or the Nature Walk. Whether we're searching for wildlife, conducting experiments, or making a craft, we'll have a ton of fun as we discover the wonders of nature. 

FEE: $5 Members

$18 Non-member adult

$15 Non-member senior

$9 Non-member child

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At Ladew Gardens we take great pride in offering a wonderful variety of special events
and educational programs throughout the year, and we make every effort to keep the ticket price
for these events and programs as low as possible. Tickets for all of Ladew’s programming are now
administered through ShowClix… unfortunately the service fees they charge are not within
our control. Thank you for your understanding.

Check-in at Visitors Center for admission and location of the program (includes admission to the Gardens) .
Advance registration and payment are required. Register online at or contact Rachelle Rogers at 410.557.9570, x225


Saturday, April 20 | 10 am – 1 pm  (ages 7 and up with an adult)
Earth Day Stream Clean-up
“Celebrate Earth Day and help staff at Ladew make a difference in the community. Join us for a stream clean-up of the Yellow Branch along our Nature Walk. Your help will prevent litter from harming wildlife and water quality, as well as intercepting litter from making its way into the Gunpowder Watershed, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. We will be planting seedlings and have a limited supply to give away.

We will meet in the courtyard by the visitor center. “

Contact Rachelle Rogers at 410.557.9570 x225 or to register to help.



Saturday, June 8  |  10:30 am – 12 noon (ages 3 and up with an adult) 
Sunday, June 9  |  1 pm – 2:30 pm 
Both programs are full.
Pond Search

Spring has sprung and the ponds are jumping with lots of activity. We’ll have fun as we scoop the ponds in search of frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly babies, and more. 


This program has been cancelled
Saturday, July 13  |  10:30 am – 12 noon (ages 3 and up with an adult)
Playing with Plankton 

Take a close look at interesting animals so tiny you need a microscope to see them. Join us on the Nature Walk trail to explore the water features for microscopic aquatic life. 


Saturday, August 24  |  10:30 am – 12 noon  (ages 7 and up with an adult)
Drawing Whimsical Topiary 
with Michael and Joanne Bare
Take some tips from our artists-in-residence to sketch Ladew’s famous topiary. Recommended ages 7 & up. Registration is required. Contact Rachelle Rogers at 410.557.9570 x225 or to register. Space for this program is limited.