Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America


Ladew’s Spring 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, and environmental sciences, while offering rare glimpses into some of the nation’s most beautiful private gardens. Ladew’s Lecture Series is offered every spring and fall and is held in Harvey Ladew’s Barn Gallery and Studio.

$25 for Members
$35 for Non-members 

Sign up for all five daytime lectures and receive one free!
$100 for Members
$140 for Non-members

$15 is optional and by reservation

10:00 am Doors open
Coffee and Danish served
10:30 am Lectures begin


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

We are no longer accepting mailed registrations.
Please call 410.557.9570 if you would like to pay by check

Select here to register for the lecture series >>>>>    Registration opens January 25

Select here to register for individual lectures >>>>    Registration opens January 25

Wednesday, March 20 
Evolution of Chanticleer’s Gravel Garden  
with Lisa Roper
The Chanticleer Gravel Garden is a stunning and unique landscape planted with a mix of fine-textured grasses, gray-leafed Mediterranean plants, drought tolerant perennials, annuals grown from seed, and hardy succulents. Form, texture, color, and rhythm are carefully considered in the design choices on this gently sloping site. Ms. Roper will introduce some of her favorite plants, cover planting techniques, the importance of "editing," and the technique of using photography to inform design decisions.


 Description and photo coming soon
Wednesday, March 27
Environmental Photography | Environmental Activism
with J. Henry Fair

Wednesday, April 3 
Complementing the Landscape in Architectural Design
with Peter Ratcliffe
By appreciating a site’s unique natural features, the design of a home or outdoor living space can incorporate the essence of nature for beauty and appeal. This photographic presentation explores stunning outdoor living spaces and homes where topography, plants, and water are vital forces shaping the visual outcome. From waterfront to country settings, the surrounding landscape is embraced in the practical and beautiful design choices of homes, pathways, patios, roof top decks, pergolas, and swimming pool.


Wednesday, April 10 
Awaken Your Gardens
with Taffy Litz

New life can emerge from an old garden by using imaginative techniques. Design adjustments, choice of a theme, and addition of desirable plants can provide great visual rewards. Practical information guides the gardener about ways to rejuvenate an existing space, enhancing its form and structure. The process of transformation is illustrated in this lively lecture with informative before and after photographs. A list of “work horse” designer’s choice plants that provide multi-seasonal interest will be available.

 Photo credit: Helen Norman



Wednesday, April 17  

Renewal of the Blue Garden in Newport, Rhode Island
with Sarah Vance 
The Blue Garden, an historic treasure designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., opened in 1918 with a flourish of celebrity. Once famous for its architectural and horticultural riches, the garden was almost forgotten by the early twenty-first century. The unique palette of blues and purples had become subsumed under a thick covering of weeds and invasive trees. This lecture will present the story of how the restoration team, inspired by archived materials from the original creators of the garden, reinterpreted the design and rebuilt the garden in all its glory while meeting contemporary sustainable standards.

Special Evening Lecture & Dinner

Thursday, June 6 
Time:  Dinner 5 pm to 6:45 pm
Lecture: 7 pm to 8 pm
Fee: $40 Members | $50 Non-members

Enjoying the Outdoors in the Age of Ticks and Lyme Disease
with Dr. John Aucott, Director of Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
Dr. Aucott will discuss the current outlook for ticks and tick-borne diseases in Maryland. The risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases will be discussed. Ways to prevent tick bites will be highlighted as well as how to enjoy the out-of-doors safely. Dr. Aucott is an international authority on Lyme disease and the current Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group. This lecture is a must for those who enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities.

Registration and payment required >>>  Registration opens January 25