Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Events by Interest  

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

Butterflies Illustrated

Brushes and Blooms

Christmas Open House

Earth Day Stream Clean-Up

Family Nature Explorers  

Garden Glow

Garden Festival

Guided Hikes

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

Nature Walk Celebrates
20 years

Plein Air Workshop

Summer Concert Series

Summer Nature Camps

The Butterfly House


Wild Walks 
























































































Art in Our Gardens

Introducing painters Michael & Joanne Bare and sculptor John Ruppert

2019 artists–in–residence Michael & Joanne Bare 

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>>>

Register here for Both Workshops to receive $25 discount>>>

Drawing Whimsical Topiary  with Michael and Joanne Bare 
Saturday, August 24
Our artists-in-residence offer fun tips for sketching Ladew’s famous topiary.
For more information visit the Family Nature Explorers Page.

Art Show & Sale
Saturday, October 26
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.

Sculpture in our Gardens 
John Ruppert

Over the past 35 years, John Ruppert has been working in cast metals — manufactured materials such as chain-link fabric, mixed media, and more. His works are in response to where natural order and human decision-making meet, and the paradoxes that lie between. His interest in natural phenomena — both in source and in the way that he works — is what drives his creative practice. John’s sculptures reflect the ever-changing nature of physical form as he traces the effects of changing light, shifting atmospheres, moving water, geological forces, and time itself. His fascination with the process of creation is tangible in his works. His subjects invariably speak of their own making, whether they were formed by nature or by the artist. John is a veteran of numerous gallery and museum shows and the recipient of many grants, awards and residencies. John’s works will be on display in the Wildflower Meadow and on the Nature Walk throughout the season. (His sculptures will be available for sale.)

Heading photo credit: David Gigliotti