Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Nature Stories & Crafts 

Join us for an opportunity for young children and adults to gather together and actively participate in nature themes through literature, poetry, word plays, songs, and outdoor exploration (weather dependent) or a craft.

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Ages: 2 - 6 years with an adult  (see suggested ages and times below):  

Tadpoles: 10:30  - 11:15 am  (Ages 2-4 years with an adult)   A bit more active fun is added for this session geared to the slightly younger tots. 
Sprouts:  12:30 - 1:15 pm  (Ages 3-6 years with an adult)  The preschool set will enjoy getting together for nature stories and more.
 


Nature Stories and Crafts series continues even after the gardens officially close to the public for the year (November through March), when participants join us in Ladew's Studio for a morning or afternoon of interactive nature stories, followed by making a fun take-home craft.

Tues., Jan. 12: Snug as a Bug  It can get cold this time of year. Come learn how some animals stay warm during the chill of winter.

Wed., Jan. 20: Tracks and Trails  As mud and snow blanket the ground, we often see critter tracks all around. Come learn about some clues that animals leave behind.

Tues., Feb. 2: Animal Friend Valentines  Bring your little sweetheart out for a day of heartwarming stories about unusual animal friends, followed by a Valentine craft. The am class has been cancelled; There is still room in the pm class.

Wed., Feb. 17: Trees are Terrific  Come read about trees and celebrate the many things they do for us and our animal friends. 

Tues., March 1: Goosey Goosey Gander  You hear them honk as they fly in their V-formation overhead. Let’s learn what all the noise is about. 

Wed., March 9: Fuzzy, Bristly, Bumpy, Smooth  Let’s use our sense of touch to explore different textures in nature.

 

Fees  Ladew Members $5 per child/adult pair Additional siblings only $5 each 
  Non-members
$15 per child/adult pair Additional siblings only $5 each 
       
SERIES DISCOUNTS! Winter Series  (Get 2 free sessions with the series discount.)           
Register for whole series (6 sessions each) Ladew Members   $20 per member child;  $20 per extra sibling 
  Non-members   $60 per non-member child;  $20 per extra sibling 
Space is limited. Advance payment and registration is required. 
To register:  Contact LeeAnne Kahl at 410.557.9570, ext. 216 or lkahl@ladewgardens.com 
                           or register on-line by selecting the register button below.

                                                                        

  


 

Story Time in the Gardens is scheduled during Ladew’s regular season (April through October). These Story Time gatherings take place outdoors under shade trees in several of Ladew’s beautiful gardens, weather permitting. 

 

Spring Story Time in the Gardens

Tuesday, April 12

Sprouts About  Spring is here!  We’ll use our senses to find buds, sprouts, and shoots — signs that nature is busy. 

Wednesday, April 20

Celebrate Earth Day  It’s time for Earth Day! Celebrate this great big world from the tiniest creatures to the tallest trees and learn how we can take care of them.

Tuesday, May 3

Animal Mommies  What would we do without Mommies? They make life so special. Join us as we read about the amazing things all animal Mommies do every day.

Wednesday, May 18

Wiggly Worms  They’re ooey gooey and oh, so much fun! Let’s learn about wiggly worms that help our garden grow.

Tuesday, June 7

Busy Buzzing Bees  We love their honey, but their work as pollinators is just as important. We will learn more about these busy insects.

Wednesday, June 15

Animal Daddies  Father’s Day is around the corner. Let’s celebrate Daddies of all kinds — from people Daddies to animal Daddies.

 

Fees   Ladew Members  $5 per child/adult pair  Additional siblings only $5 each 
  Non-members  $15 per child/adult pair  Additional siblings only $5 each 
       
SERIES DISCOUNTS! Spring Series  (Get 2 free sessions with the series discount.)  
Register for whole series (6 sessions each)  Ladew Members  $20 per member child;  $20 per extra sibling 
      Non-members  $60 per non-member child  $20 per extra sibling
Space is limited. Advance payment and registration is required.  
To register:  Contact LeeAnne Kahl at 410.557.9570, ext. 216 or lkahl@ladewgardens.com 

 

 


Summer Story Time in the Gardens

Wednesday, July 6

Totally Turtles  Can you imagine getting around all day with a shell on your back? Come join us as we read about these amazing long-lived animals. 

Tuesday, July 26

Flowers in the Garden  They come in all shapes and sizes. Flowers make us smile and scent the air. Let’s learn more about what attracts people and animals to these garden stand-outs.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Art in the Garden  What is a topiary? Come explore Ladew’s world-famous sculptures made from plants and man-made materials.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Let’s Go to the Fair  The state fair is in town! Who will win the pig races and pie-eating contests and who has grown the biggest pumpkin? Let’s celebrate our agricultural heritage.

 

Fees  Ladew Members  $5 per child/adult pair   Additional siblings only $5 each 
  Non-members   $15 per child/adult pair  Additional siblings only $5 each
       
SERIES DISCOUNTS! Summer Series  (Get 1 free session with the series discount.)  
Register for whole Summer Series (4 sessions)  Ladew Members   $15 per Member child  $15 per ext.ra sibling. 
   Non-members  $45 per non-member child  $15 per ext.ra sibling. 
 
Space is limited. Advance payment and registration is required.  
To register:  Contact LeeAnne Kahl at 410.557.9570, ext. 216 or lkahl@ladewgardens.com  


 





 

$20 per extra sibling