Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America


Evening Lecture & Dinner

SEPT. 13

Daytime Series

THURSDAYS SEPT. 20, 27 & OCT. 4, 11, 25

Featuring speakers Sir Peter Crane, Laura Dowling, John Lonsdale & more!


Thank you to all that attended the Spring Lecture Series!

Special Evening Lecture & Dinner 

This Lecture has sold out


Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home 
with Doug Tallamy (with book sale)

5:00 – 6:45 PM (rolling admission) Dinner in the café & stroll the gardens
7:00 PM Lecture in Barn Gallery

Tickets $40 Members | $50 Non-members 
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 smart phone.

To go on the wait list, please contact Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570, x261, or


Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Native plants, in particular, provide wildlife with their basic needs better than non-native plants can. Tallamy will explain why specialized food rela-tionships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us and how we can use our home landscapes to improve wildlife habitat and make our landscapes living ecosystems again.
              Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware for the past 36 years. He is an award-winning researcher, speaker and author, who focuses on better understanding the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. He is well known for his books Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens and The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, which will be for sale. 

 The Special Evening Lecture is Sponsored by:


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, or 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 (lunch reservations close on the Friday prior to each lecture) 

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 smart phone.

Contact Lecture Coordinator, Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570, x261, or (Seating is limited for all lectures)



Bringing Lotusland to Ladew
with Tyler Diehl 

 We are excited to welcome back Tyler Diehl as he gives us a first-hand tour of his new, warmer home, Lotusland. The Montecito, CA estate was purchased and created by Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite in 1941, and is now recognized as one of the 10 best gardens in the world. The spectacular collections of exotic plants throughout the 37-acre property are a very personal expression of her love for the dramatic, the unexpected, and the whimsical.

Tyler Diehl is the Director of Gardens and Facilities at Ganna Walska Lotusland since 2016. He is the former Director of Horticulture and Facilities at Ladew Gardens, where he worked for 16 years. Tyler has a background in Ornamental Horticulture and has also interned and worked at Longwood Gardens and other private gardens.




City Green: Public Gardens of New York
with Jane Garmey (with book sale)

Public horticulture in New York City is rich and diverse. Many public gardens, such as the New York Botanical Garden, the High Line and Wave Hill are well-known. Others remain relatively undiscovered, including Green-Wood, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden on Staten Island, and community gardens that started their lives as dangerous, garbage-strewn empty lots. In addition to a wealth of different design styles that range from traditional to contemporary and naturalistic, public gardens play an increasingly significant role in the quality of urban life. They also reveal a fascinating history, having been nurtured, preserved, and sometimes literally saved by the passionate efforts of individual citizens and visionary gardeners.

Jane Garmey is the author of Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, Private Gardens of Connecticut, The Writer in the Garden, Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret, and Great New British Cooking. She has written about gardens and interior design for Architectural Digest, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Elle Decor, and 1st Dibs, and for many years was the garden correspondent of Town & Country. Born in England, she lives in New York and Cornwall, Connecticut.
                                                                Lecture Sponsored By: 

Introduction to Water Gardening
with Tim Jennings

Have you ever thought about adding a water feature to your landscape, but weren’t sure where to begin? Join us as we look at site considerations, types of pools, and a sampling of some of the plants you can grow to enhance your garden.

Tim Jennings, Senior Horticulturalist at Longwood Gardens, began his gardening journey working at local garden centers and helping a family friend with vegetable gardening. In 1986, Tim joined the Professional Gardener Training Program at Longwood. Afterwards, Tim spent two years working at Chanticleer Gardens before returning to Longwood as a full-time employee. Tim has served as the curator of Longwood’s Aquatic Collection over the past 24 years.
     Lecture Sponsored By:Maryland Aquatic Nurseries,Inc


TUESDAY, APRIL 24        NOTE TIME CHANGE: 12:30 pm Lunch |  2:00 pm lecture begins
The Budget-Wise Gardener
with Kerry Ann Mendez (with book sale)   

Discover a wealth of ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional plants. Learn about striking design concepts for eye-popping, pollinator-friendly landscapes requiring less maintenance and water. Container gardening takes on a whole new spin with these cost-effective, creative ideas!

As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines, published several best-selling books, lectures and holds webinars widely. Her latest book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, will be for sale.

Lecture Sponsored By:



From Ladew Gardens to the Grand Canyon: Protecting Historic Landscapes
with William J. Cook

Historic preservation law plays a crucial role in in the preservation of America’s heritage. Using recent examples and narratives, Will Cook, Associate General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will explore preservation success stories, and a few losses, through a legal lens. He will talk about both local and nationwide preservation issues and suggest creative strategies for advocates to consider.

In addition to his position at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Will is also a board member for the Valleys Planning Council, the National Preservation Institute, New York Preservation Archive Project, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Will currently teaches preservation law at Columbia University and lectures regularly to national audiences on issues related to property, land use, and historic preservation law.