Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America


Story Time 
Nature Stories & Crafts
(Ages 2-6 years)

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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.

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.   

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.

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.
Fees:   Ladew Members:  $5 per child/adult pair 
Non-members: $15 per child/adult pair
Additional siblings only $5 each

WINTER SERIES: Register for whole series (6 sessions each) for only $20 per member child; $60 per non-member child; $20 per extra sibling. (Get 2 free sessions with the series discount.)

Space is limited.
Advance payment and registration is required.  To register contact LeeAnne Kahl at 410.557.9570, ext. 216 or or register online at

Fall Storytime 2015

Wednesday, Dec. 16th : Oh Deer!!    Just a few spots left

Deer are great symbols of grace, strength and beauty.  Let’s learn about these amazing animals and some of their close relatives.

Winter 2016  Nature Stories and Crafts

Tues. Jan. 12th:   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. 20th: 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. 2nd:  Animal Friend Valentines  Bring your little sweetheart out for a day of heartwarming stories about unusual animal friends, followed by a Valentine craft.

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

Tues. March 1st:  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 9th:  Fuzzy, Bristly, Bumpy, Smooth  Let’s use our sense of touch to explore different textures in nature.