Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Art Exhibits in the Barn Gallery and Our Gardens!

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The Barn Gallery at Ladew is home to art exhibit fundraisers and artist receptions during the season from April through October. The Gallery is part of the original post and beam barn built sometime between 1747 and 1814. Weathered barn board interior walls (fitted with burlap covered panels) and chestnut supporting beams create a warm and inviting space to view fine art. There is also a sophisticated system of track lighting customized to illuminate each artist’s work.

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting your work

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Past Art Exhibits in the Barn Gallery

"Art in our Gardens"   September 16 - 30, 2016

An art exhibition and sale of original paintings & sculpture — all in support of the legacy of Ladew. 

Amateur painter and sculptor Harvey S. Ladew had a keen appreciation of art in many forms — painting, traditional sculpture, and, of course, the art of topiary.  Over the years Ladew Gardens has welcomed local, national, and international artists to the gardens to exhibit and sell their work.  Many of these remarkable artists are represented in this special 45th Anniversary exhibition and sale.

See the artists featured in ART IN OUR GARDENS

Past Exhibits

2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

2010 - spring

Hubert de Watrigant: Passion for the Horse

Internationally renowned equestrian artist, Hubert de Watrigant has exhibited in France, Hong Kong, Japan, the Emirates, throughout Europe, in the United States and Great Britain, receiving great acclaim. His work is in the collections of Her Majesty the Queen, Guy de Rothschild and many others. This exhibit is made possible through the generous support of Middendorf Foundation, Inc. Please visit

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2009 - fall

Meg Page: The Flora and Fauna of Ladew

Meg Page, nationally acclaimed botanical and naturalist painter, returns to Ladew with a comprehensive show of paintings during the 10th anniversary of the Nature Walk. Meg’s portraits of flora and fauna celebrate the diverse and beautiful natural world of Ladew. In addition, Ladew is pleased to present an exhibit of Meg’s works (or paintings) on loan from regional collectors. Meg Page’s work has been featured in Town and Country, Southern Living, Southern Accents and Style magazines. She is the artist in residence at Evergreen House. Please visit Meg

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2009 - spring

Peggy Kauffman: Portraits in Bronze, Pastel, & Cast Stone

Peggy Kauffman is a nationally known artist who is driven by her passion for all animals, especially horses and dogs. Her extensive experience caring for and competing on horses has helped her develop a deep understanding of conformation. Specializing in portraiture, she has an intuitive sense of her subjects' individual spirit, which is a hallmark of her work. Please visit Peggy

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2008 - spring

Painting Landsacpe and Urban Life: Five Notable Artists Explore
Traditional & Contemporary Directions

Gavin Brooks, Nancy Tankersly, Tim Bell, Larry Moore and Gene Constanza exhibit
their work in the Barn Gallery for the benefit of Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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2008 - fall

Three Colorists

Kathryn O’Grady, Cynthia Padgett and Joyce Lister exhibit their work in the Barn Gallery for the benefit of Ladew. This collective exhibit displays the artists’ fascination with and exploration of color and the final creation of vivid, dynamic works.

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2007 - spring

Mary Swann & Carol Bruggman Mitchell

Plein-air artists, Mary Swann and Carol Bruggman Mitchell exhibit their work in
the Barn Gallery for the benefit of Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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2007 - fall

Jacqueline Slavney & Charles Leake

Photographer, Jacqueline Slavney and plein-air artist, Charles Leake exhibit their work in the Barn Gallery for the benefit of Ladew Topiary Gardens. Visit and for more information on these artists.

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2006 - spring

John Danzer: Designer Day

Garden furniture designer, exterior decorator and founder of the New York based company, Munder-Skiles, a John Danzer specializes in the production of original garden furniture designs from the finest quality wood and metal.

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2006 - summer

Gavin Brooks

Gavin Brooks is foremost a landscape painter best known for atmospheric landscape compositions of coastal themes and pastoral vistas. Layering years of drawing and classical atelier training with a contemporary painting approach she emerged with a unique style where luminosity and abstraction are united in a broad range of sophisticated compositions. This solo exhibition and sale will benefit Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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2006 - fall

Henry Koehler

Henry Koehler is widely acknowledged to be one of America’s finest living sporting artists. Since his first exhibition in 1961, his work has been shown a total of 67 times in London, Paris, Rome, Johannesburg, Dublin and throughout the United States. Harvey Ladew most certainly shared Henry Koehler’s passion for the outdoors and equestrian life. Given their success as embodiments of creativity and style, it seems fitting to bring them together at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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2005 - spring

Meg Page

Whether an iris from a garden, a horse in a pasture, a bird in the wild, or your very own creatures… all of Meg’s art is attributed to a specific time and place. With a provenance all its own, each becomes a personal heirloom with a timeless story. Visit

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2005 - fall

Mary Beth Akre & Joseph Hyde

Landscape painter, Mary Beth Akre and Joseph Hyde, landscape photographer, join together to exhibit their work in the Barn Gallery for the benefit of Ladew Topiary Gardens. Visit for more information.

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2004 - fall

McAdoo Rug Show & Reception

Purchase hand Dyed and hooked rugs from North Bennington, Vermont: The rugs are made of 100% virgin wool from New Zealand, spun in Philadelphia, hand dyed in a 200 year old mill in Vermont and then hand-hooked by the McAdoos and their “hookers.” The sale and reception will benefit Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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2003 - fall

Jack Robbins

Born and raised on his family’s farm in Harford County, Maryland, Jack Robbins lives there today with his wife and two children. He has been a professional artist for over 25 years and his work is an illustration of what is important to him, preservation of open spaces, and a love and respect for nature. Visit

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