Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Nature Walk

Harvey Ladew was drawn to the Maryland countryside in the 1920’s because of the beautiful open space. The Nature Walk at Ladew was opened in 1999 and provides a contrast to the cultivated, formal gardens with pathways through a natural landscape. Guests can experience the various wildlife habitats of Ladew, which is located within the Piedmont Plateau. In addition to educational stations along the 1 mile trail, there is a short boardwalk through wetland forest and fresh water marsh. Tours are self-guided, aided by a printed map and descriptions of each station. Guided Hikes along Ladew’s Nature Walk

Explore the Nature Walk with ecologist John Canoles and/or Ladew Naturalist Rachelle Fowler. You’ll be amazed at how much you will discover and learn with the change of the seasons.

Guided Hikes Along Ladew's Nature Walk

Monday, April 22 

9:30 am – 11 am  

AGES Adults and Students ages 13 & up 

Thursday, May 16  9:30 am – 11 am
program is full
FEE $5 Members | $18 Non-members 

Saturday, June 8

1:30 pm – 3 pm Advance registration and payment are required. 
contact Rachelle Fowler at 410.557.9570, x225 or

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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.

Wednesday, July 17

  9:30 am – 11 am             
Saturday, August 24 
  1:30 pm – 3 pm  

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Nature Walk 

Saturday, September 14  |   11 am – 3 pm  (all ages) 

Free for Members | General admission for Non-members

Join us in commemorating this exciting occasion with a special celebratory walk through the Nature Walk at Ladew. While exploring the trail, you will encounter different learning stations along the way, including science, art, music, environmental experiments, and more. The celebration begins at 11 am with guest speakers and dedication of the new Nature Walk entrance gate. 



If you can’t join us for one of the special events listed, let our Nature Walk mascot “Tully” lead you on a self-guided tour of the new exhibits. You will enter through a beautiful new entrance gate created by artist Linda DePalma, and see new educational exhibits along our mile-long Nature Walk trail and boardwalk. Explore our wetland forest and fresh water marsh, and discover a bird blind, quarry overlook, floating wetlands, and more.