Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Picture of a child examining pond life at Ladew Gardens

Children’s Education


STORYTIME (ages 2-6 years)

The goals of Storytime at Ladew include:
  • Sharing the joy and pleasures of reading
  • Introducing children to learning in a social setting
  • Introducing children (and adults) to the gardens in order to cultivate an interest in and appreciation for nature
  • Encouraging parents and their children to venture outdoors
  • Encouraging creativity and imagination (through stories, the fun and whimsical designs of Mr. Ladew’s gardens, and through craft projects in the wintertime)
Examine natural science with us through hands-on exploration.  ( Ages 9-15 ) This is a drop off program.
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Storytime in the Gardens
These nature-themed programs are scheduled from April through October for ages 2-6 years with an adult. Weather permitting, sessions take place outdoors under shade trees in several gardens throughout the year. View the current schedule>>

Nature Stories and Crafts
Storytime at Ladew continues even after the gardens officially close to the public for the year. From November through March, join us in Ladew’ Studio for a morning or afternoon of interactive nature stories, followed by making a fun, take-home craft. View the current schedule>>

Pre-registration for these programs is required. Space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


The goals of Ladew’s Family Nature Explorers program include:
  • Introducing children and accompanying adults to the gardens in order to cultivate an interest in and appreciation for nature
  • Encouraging parents and their children to venture outdoors and explore nature
  • Encouraging creativity and imagination through stories, games, and the fun and whimsical designs of Mr. Ladew’s gardens

Family Nature Explorers is a monthly, Saturday, program with a learning station featuring hands-on props, activities and explorations of the natural area that day. Participants are introduced to nature themes through hands-on, outdoor exploration in the gardens, role-playing games, stories and crafts. Programs take place April through October. 

Advance registration and payment is required. Registration begins two months prior to each program. Members are Free; Non-members are Free with paid garden admission. Contact Sheryl Pedrick (410) 557-9570 or spedrick@ladewgardens.comView the current schedule>>


SUMMER NATURE CAMPS (ages 4-9 years)

As with all of Ladew’s children’s programs, the goals for Ladew’s summer nature camps include:
  1. Promoting the awareness and understanding of the natural world, including plants, animals, water resources, geologic features, etc
  2. Encouraging an appreciation of the natural world
  3. Promoting the protection of and responsibility for the natural world, for the sake of all life on earth.
Summer Nature Camp is geared toward ages 4-9 years. Camp activities include daily hikes, games, experiments, stories, puppet shows, and arts and craft projects. Pre-registration with deposit is required. Space is limited. View the current schedule>>