Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Wild Walks, Talks, Yoga, and more!


Take a walk on the wild side at Ladew. Join us for indoor discussions and / or outdoor explorations through the gardens, meadows or woodlands with local experts and / or Ladew educators.

Ages  Adults and students ages 14 and up
Fees $15 Members | $30 Non-members
Registration      Advanced registration and payment are required. Fee includes admission to Ladew for the day.

Cancellation Policy: All sales are final. If the event is rescheduled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances and you are not able to attend a rescheduled date, we will refund the ticket price, minus the processing fee. (If able to switch to another program with the same fee, we can usually accommodate this request.)

Out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of our guests and community, and in keeping with the CDC’s guidance to practice social distancing, we are canceling the following Wild Walks and Talks: “Waking From Winter”, "Spring in Bloom" and "Birds on the Move".

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 | 2 – 4 PM | Waking from Winter 
with Rachelle Fowler, Ladew Environmental Educator 

Explore the Nature Walk in search of life waking from the winter. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 | 10:3 0 AM - 1 2:30 PM | 
Spring in Bloom
with John Canoles, Eco-Science Professionals Ecologist 

Wildflowers and wildlife are in full bloom. Explore the Nature Walk with ecologist John Canoles to see what is blooming along the trail. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Birds on the Move
with John Canoles, Eco-Science Professionals Ecologist 

Ecologist John Canoles leads this birding walk with hopes of seeing migrating birds making their way to their summer home. 
SATURDAY, MAY 16 | 2 - 4 PM | Connecting with the Healing Properties of Nature
with Nature Worx 

Join us for a deeply relaxing, immersive experience in the healing properties of nature. Awaken your senses, slow down, and bask in the wondrous sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of Ladew using techniques from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), as well as meditation and mindfulness. We will saunter, not hike, at a slow pace, stopping frequently to engage in activities designed to help you connect with all of the good that nature offers us.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 | 10:3 0 AM – 12 NOON |Yoga in the Gardens 
with Deborah Quirk from the Baltimore Yoga Village 

Students will enjoy yoga surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Iris Garden. Skill level: beginner to advanced. In case of rain the class will move to the Barn Gallery. BYO yoga mat.
TUESDAY, JUNE 30 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Reptiles and Amphibians
with John Canoles, Eco-Science Professionals Ecologist 

Take a journey on the Nature Walk in search of Ladew’s resident reptiles and amphibians.
SATURDAY, JULY 18 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Moss and Waterbears
with Kathy Baker-Brosh, Ladew Environmental Educator 

Explore the greatness of life in the small scale of the moss habitat. Participants will hike to gather mosses, then look microscopically at the community which inhabits them.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Fantastic Ferns 
with Kathy Baker-Brosh, Ladew Environmental Educator 

Ferns are fascinating plants. Learn their life cycle as well as take a close up look at the different species that grow on the Nature Walk. 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Bees and Butterflies
with Jim Zink, beekeeper and Sue Myers, Ladew Environmental Educator 

Join our Beekeeper, Jim Zink, and our Butterfly House Manager, Sue Myers, for a walk through the meadow, to our beehives, and into the Butterfly House to focus on the lives of honeybees, native bees, butterflies, and moths. Learn about their life cycles and the ways we can support them in our lives.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Maryland Biodiversity Project 
with David Webb, MBP Editor 

Learn how the Maryland Biodiversity Project promotes conservation by documenting living things in Maryland. Hike with experts to identify and catalog insects, birds, and plants along the Nature Walk.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | 10:3 0 AM – 12:30 PM | Mushrooms
with Nick Spero, Natural History Society of Maryland Naturalist
Enjoy a fall walk with Nick Spero as we search for and learn about the tasty and magical world of mushrooms. Nick is a biologist and longtime forager who teaches for the National History Society of Maryland.