a combination of in person and virtual presentations

Ladew’s Fall Lecture Series features distinguished speakers offering 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, and environmental sciences, while offering rare glimpses into some of the world’s most beautiful private gardens.

Ladew’s Fall Lecture Series is presented in a combination of in-person and virtual lectures via Zoom. All lectures will be recorded and available to all paid registrants to view on their own at another time.


Cost per lecture:

In person: $30 Ladew member | $40 non-member
Virtual: $15 Ladew member | $20 non-member

Series Discount: (includes all 5 lectures; one is free)

In person: $120 Ladew member | $160 non-member
Virtual: $60 Ladew member | $80 non-member

Lectures will be presented in-person and / or virtually through Zoom. Lecture times vary. They will be recorded and available for paid registrants.
For questions: contact Sheryl Pedrick at or 410-557-9570, x 226






Thursday, September 22
10:30 am (refreshments begin at 10:00 am)
Exploring Ladew
with Sam Robinson, Ladew Gardens 2022 artist-in-residence

Sam Robinson sees many exciting parallels between his life and that of Harvey Ladew — a love of gardening, horses, fox hunting, travel, the arts, and socializing.Sam is an acclaimed painter of scenes of timber racing, fox chasing, and local landscapes. Ladew’s beautiful gardens, scenes from his travels, luscious interiors, dynamic gatherings are also favorite motifs. Working in gouache and oils paint, Sam’s style is characterized by a fluent painterly realism.Sam was born in New York City and moved with his parents to South Korea where he spent his school years. Showing an early interest in art, his first formal instruction was in the Korean version of painting with ink on paper, an excellent start in brush handling. Since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in painting, he has made his living as a professional artist and as the owner and founder of The Valley Craftsmen, Ltd., a decorative finish contracting firm.







Thursday, September 29
12:00 noon, VIRTUAL only
Delos: The Forgotten Mediterranean Garden at Sissinghurst Castle
with Troy Smith, Sissinghurst Head Gardener

Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West and diplomat husband, Harold Nicolson purchased Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s and spent 30 years turning it into a refuge dedicated to their vision of natural beauty and a model of a quintessential romantic 20th century English country garden. An area within the garden known as ‘Delos’ was inspired by the couple’s visit to the Greek isle. Join Troy Smith as he shares an overview of Sissinghurst, including details of the Mediterranean beauty of the Delos garden. Troy’s first encounter with Sissinghurst was more than 30 years ago when he worked at the property as a gardener. After working for the National Trust at Bodnant Garden in North Wales, where he led its restoration over seven years, he returned to Sissinghurst as Head Gardener in April 2013.


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Thursday, October 6
10:30 am (refreshments begin at 10:00 am)
Managing Deer and Other Mammals in the Garden
with Kath Jentz, gardener, editor & publisher

Bambi may be cute, but he and his mother, cousins, and the rest of the herd are very hungry and would love to make a feast of your garden. This talk will cover proven and humane tactics for protecting your garden from deer, rabbits, squirrels, rats, groundhogs, and other creatures that are attracted to both edible and ornamental gardens. Kathy Jentz, publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine and host of the GardenDC Podcast, shares her tips and tricks for gardening  alongside hungry critters.


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Thursday, October 13
10:30 am 
(refreshments begin at 10:00 am)
Topiary Tips: The Gibson Method
with Mike Gibson, topiary artist

Dive into the world of topiary and learn from topiary master Mike Gibson who will teach you about the art of topiary, his unique style and technique, and how to create a topiary from an existing shrub. Self-taught topiary artist Mike Gibson creates imaginative whimsical sculptures out of ordinary bushes that help beautify any space.He has been a featured contestant on HGTV's reality tv show “Clipped,” and most recently was the Topiary artist-in-residence at the famed Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC. Mike is currently the artist-in-residence at the Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Cultural Arts Center in Columbia, SC.









Thursday, October 27
10:30 am (refreshments begin at 10:00 am)
You Can Do This: Floral Arranging 101
with Alex Secor


Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner with arranging flowers, you will delight in learning some tricks of the trade for simple yet elegant floral designs. From sharing her tips for sustainably sourcing flowers and materials from the best local growers, to using the proper mechanics and tools, Alex will provide a demonstration that will give you the confidence to create beautiful works of art. Arrangements will be given away in a raffle drawing following the demonstration. 


Alexandra Secor has been creating unique and elegant floral arrangements for three decades. She was mentored by the legendary Carol Westerlund, one of the most talented floral designers in Maryland. Alex is an award-winning designer with a long affiliation with the Garden Club of America. Her work has appeared at the Mount Vernon Club, Maryland Club, BCC, EHHC and many gracious homes throughout Maryland, New York and Virginia. Alex resides in her home in Monkton and on a 1790s farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she continues her passion for floral design. 




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