This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Ladew Topiary Gardens as a non-profit. 50 years, 200 garden seasons, countless visitors.
Since the 1970s, the organization that is Ladew has been committed to the preservation and maintenance of Harvey S. Ladew’s creation. The gardens have undergone significant historic restorations supported by archival resources, always guided by the spirit of Ladew’s original design and with an awareness of suitable horticultural cultivars and accessibility for visitors. The Manor House, too, has benefitted from the knowledge contained in Ladew’s archives and the generosity of funders with several significant restorations undertaken, all of which have illustrated that the brilliance of Harvey Ladew’s design ability was not limited to gardens.
There are countless people to thank for this wonderful place. Those who guided Harvey Ladew in his plans to preserve the property, those who served tirelessly on the Board of Directors and advisory boards, those who volunteered to lead or serve on committees, those who gave of their time to teach, weed, host, plan, strategize, decorate and share Ladew, and those who provided financial support.
We are endlessly appreciative of this special place and all of you who have kept it here. So here’s to 50 years of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Inc. and to all of you who have made it possible, in so many ways, for this marvelous gem to be here for another generation to enjoy.
Watch this space for a 50th Anniversary photographic walk down memory lane.