Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Events by Interest  

Art in Our Gardens 2019

Christmas Open House

Family Nature Explorers  

Garden Glow

Garden Festival

Holiday Workshops

In the Garden Series

Inside Private Gardens Trips

Lecture Series 

Little Explorers Nature Program

Maple Magic

Member Strolls

Monarch Butterfly Workshop 

Mother's Day

New Member Orientation

Plein Air Workshop

Summer Concert Series

Summer Nature Camps

The Butterfly House


Wild Walks, 
Yoga, Photography,
Art and more! 


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.























































































Art in Our Gardens

2019 artists-in-residence  Michael and Joanne Bare

Michael and Joanne's beautiful paintings of Ladew Gardens are on display (and available for sale) in the Barn Gallery through October 31st.

Art Show & Sale
Saturday, October 26
Fee:  $25 
Join us for this special Art Show and Sale featuring the cumulative work from Michael and Joanne’s year as Ladew’s 2019 artists-in-residence.

This year we are fortunate to have not one artist-in-residence, but two! This creative duo are both artists and art teachers, but have different painting processes and styles. Both enjoy sketching and painting outside, and have a great appreciation for gardens. Michael’s process is to work through a series of sketches and journals to find a connection to the place. He then returns to the same spot in order to develop a relationship or sense of ownership. The next stage is to begin larger paintings, often more freely painted in layers and over-painting. Joanne paints plein air style, focusing on the changing effects of light. She enjoys painting the landscape when traveling to Europe and the area around her home in Monkton.

One-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Michael & Joanne Bare

Sunday, May 19 or Saturday, September 28
Time 9:30 am – 4 pm
AGES Adults and students ages 16 and up 
Fee $130 Members | $160 Non-members
(Boxed lunch is included. Bring your own painting supplies. Materials list provided.)

Grab your paint and brushes and join us for this wonderful opportunity to observe new painting techniques and learn and be inspired from Ladew’s two 2019 artists-in-residence. Beginning inside for a short lesson, we will then head outside to paint in the surrounding beauty of the gardens. Beginners to advanced skill level.

 Advance registration and payment are required. Fee includes admission to the Gardens. Sign up for both workshops and save $25. Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, x213 or 

 Register here for one workshop>>>



Sculpture in our Gardens

John Ruppert


John's stunning sculptures are on display in the Wildflower Meadow, Nature Walk and throughout the Gardens through October 31.

Amateur painter and sculptor Harvey S. Ladew had a keen appreciation of art in many forms — painting, traditional sculpture, garden design, and of course, the art of topiary. Over the years, Ladew Topiary Gardens has welcomed local, national and international artists to the Gardens to exhibit and sell their work. Integrating art into our grounds offers even more enjoyment and inspiration for our visitors. We endeavor to expose our guests to new forms of art using a variety of mediums. In juxtaposing art within nature, we hope to enhance our guests’ experience. 

This year Ladew Gardens is honored to showcase the dramatic works of award-winning sculptor John Ruppert in “SIGHT LINES AND DISCOVERIES: ENGAGING THE LANDSCAPE,” an exhibition in Ladew’s Wildflower Meadow, formal Gardens, and Nature Walk. Ruppert’s interest in natural phenomena — both in source and in the way that he works — is what drives his creative process. His artistic vision inspired the placement of his works within Ladew’s settings which are complementary, sometimes subtle, and intriguing, serving as a catalyst for an experience that increases the awareness of one’s surroundings. 

Ruppert creates in cast metals — manufactured materials such as chain-link fabric, mixed media, and more recently, video, digital 3-D printing, and digital composite photography. His works explore the space where natural order and human decision-making meet, and the paradoxes that lie between. Ruppert has a lively curiosity about the natural world and the ways its elements affect how we live. He is fascinated with the pull of gravity, the fiery origins of rock, the persistence of eroding waves, and lightning’s splintering power. His work stems from a long tradition of artists who have been inspired by the grand and sublime beauty of the land, from the ancient Chinese poets and artists of Tao, to the 19th-century American landscape painters, and more recently, to artists working directly in the landscape considering our relationship to the environment.

His sculptures will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Ladew's educational programming.