Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Events by Interest  

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 
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.























































































Fall Lecture Series

Ladew’s Fall Lecture Series features distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden-lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The presenters will take you on a journey through their explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, or environmental sciences, while offering rare glimpses into some of the nation’s most beautiful private gardens. Ladew’s Lecture Series is offered every fall and spring and is held in Harvey Ladew’s Barn Gallery and Studio.

Of Monarchs and Milkweed:
Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation

with Anurag Agrawal
Professor of Environmental Sciences, Cornell University
Using striking visual imagery, esteemed professor Dr. Agrawal will present the natural history of monarchs, including the current predicament of conservation and declines; and milkweed, with its famous toxins and cultural importance spanning human history. The thought-provoking give-and-take interactions between monarchs and milkweed over the course of millions of years will be revealed, highlighting the latest research results. Dr. Agrawal has won numerous awards for his research and is highly praised for his fascinating lectures.

Dinner is sold out. Please note the price below is discounted  for the Lecture only.
$25 Members | $35 Non-Members   (includes ShowClix fee)
REGISTRATION | Pre-registration and payment is required.
Dinner: Pasta Primavera with Side Salad, Dessert
TIME 5:00 – 6:45 PM Dinner in the Ladew Café & stroll the gardens. (Please arrive for dinner by 6:15).
LECTURE TIME  7 PM Lecture in Barn Gallery


TICKETS $25 Members | $35 Non-Members  (includes ShowClix fee) 
SERIES discount! Sign up for all five daytime lectures and receive one free! 
FEE FOR THE SERIES  $100 for Members | $140 for Non-members 

TIME 10 am Doors open (Coffee and Danish served) | 10:30 am Lectures begin

$15 Lunch is optional and by reservation (Lunch reservations close on the Friday prior to each lecture).
“Those with dietary restrictions can purchase a lunch from the Café menu on the day of the event.”

should be made in advance and accompanied by payment.
Registrants’ names 
are checked at the door on the day of the program.
will be sent via email or smartphone.

QUESTIONS: call Kathy Baker-Brosh at 410.557.9570, x261, or

(Seating is limited for all lectures.)

A Riot of Foliage: Color, Pattern and Texture 
with Adam Wheeler 
Horticulture and Plant Development Manager, Broken Arrow Nursery
Join Adam Wheeler, an award- winning horticulturist and popular expert at Ladew’s Garden Festival, as he introduces his favorite foliage plants and gives expert tips on how to use them. Unusual and rare plants, as well as plants with long-term seasonal interest and endurance, will be highlighted. A plant sale featuring select species from Broken Arrow Nursery will take place after the lecture. 


Succulent Love
with Katherine Tracey Horticulturist, Avant Gardens
The blissful enchantment of succulents: nuanced colors and astonishing shapes that mix and match in brilliant combinations, yet thriving with little attention. Accompanied by gorgeous images of her work, Katherine Tracey, renowned and honored for her innovative designs, will share favorite ways to use both hardy and tender succulents, including using them as ingredients in mixed planters, vertical gardens, and as the subject of long-lasting cut material for floral arrangements.

photo credit: Scott McDaniel 
Enter The Coyote
with John Canoles, Principal Ecologist, Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
Maryland has grown into a diverse map of forests, fields, and human communities since European settlers first arrived. Ecologist John Canoles traces changes to the habitat and animals focusing on how the secretive coyote, a top level predator, has moved into the unfolding landscape. Learn how coyotes may further transform the ecosystem, affect deer and other animals including pets, and even influence the incidence of Lyme disease.

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Floral Design with Foraged Finds
with Meghan Connors, Shea Mack – Rosemary & Rust Floral Design
The change of seasons artfully expressed in a beautiful flower arrangement is a delight to behold. As gardens, woodlands and meadows wind down into the cooler months, interesting and unique items collected from nature can be integrated into floral designs. This lively demonstration will illustrate how to find, prepare and incorporate gathered pods, seed capsules, berries, cones, twigs, and other treasures in a fresh bouquet to celebrate autumn’s arrival. 
Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island's Gold Coast
with CeCe Haydock, Landscape Architect

In a return to Harvey Ladew’s roots, this slideshow lecture celebrating the infamous North Shore of Long Island, New York will relive the time when elaborate gardens and grand houses served as a favorite retreat of the rich and famous. An authority on historic gardens, CeCe Haydock will lead this tour of the great estates that formed the backdrop of Harvey Ladew’s early life: their history, design, and present condition.