Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Picture of children at Storytime at Ladew Gardens


Storytime in the GardensPicture of Storytime Worm and
Nature Stories & Crafts
(Ages 2-6 years)


Storytime in the Gardens and Nature Stories & Crafts

These nature-themed programs are scheduled throughout the year for ages 2-6 years with an adult. During Ladew's regular season (April - October), Storytime takes place outdoors under shade trees in several gardens throughout the year (weather permitting).   

Storytime continues even after the gardens officially close to the public for the year (November - March), when you'll 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  

Times: 10:30 - 11:15 am (ages 2-4 recommended) or 12:30 - 1:15 pm (ages 3-6 recommended)

Nature Stories & Crafts 2015

Tuesday, January 13:  Animals in Pajamas! Winter is a sleepy time for many animals like bears, bats, and frogs. Come read about some of these animals who enjoy a long winter slumber.  Optional: Dress in you favorite PJ's

Wednesday, January 21: Wake Up Groundhog! It's almost time for the furry groundhog to wake up from his long winter nap and peak out to look for his shadow! Will he warn us of a longer winter or an early spring to come?

Tuesday, February 3 :  Penguins on Parade! No one loves snow and cold weather more than penguins. Let's learn about these cute and unusual birds of black and white. Come dressed in black and white for our penguin parade!

Wednesday, February 18: Mmm, Maple Syrup There's magic in the trees in winter. Lets read about sweet maple syrup and the yummy pancakes we enjoy with it. Enjoy a maple treat!

Tuesday, March 3: Dino-rific Fun  We will have a roaring good time as we read, play and learn about dinosaurs large and small.

Wednesday, March 11: Clip Clop Horses  It's almost Manor Race time at Ladew. Join in on the excitement as we read about horses and ponies in preparation for the My Lady's Manor Steeple Chase Races.  Sorry, 10:30 session is sold out; spaces still available at 12:30

Winter Series Discounts! 
Register for whole Winter Series (6 sessions) for only $20 per member child; $60 per non-member child; $20 per extra sibling.

Storytime in the Gardens 2015 

Spring Series ( April - June )

Tuesday, April 7: Spring has Sprung 
The buds are bursting and the birds are singing.  Nature is waking from its long winter nap.  Let’s celebrate this most joyous time of year.
Wednesday, April 29: Egg-cited about Eggs 
It’s that time of year when animals are building their nests and laying eggs.  Let’s read about eggs and all the beautiful colors, shapes, sizes, and textures in which they ar
e created.
Tuesday, May 12: Rainy Day Fun
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”, so let’s be happy for the rain and read about how wonderful it is.
Wednesday, May 27: Hop-along Froggy
The frogs are out and about singing their beautiful songs.   Let’s learn about how they grow – from egg to tadpole to adult.
Tuesday, June 9: The Nose Knows
Long and strong or short and stout, animal noses are fun, no doubt.  Find out about different animal noses and how they are used.
Wednesday, June 17: Funny Foxes
Ladew knows foxes.  Let’s read about these beautiful, shy mammals of our fields and forests.

Spring Series Discounts
Register for whole Spring Series for only $20 per member child: $60 per non-member child: $20 per extra sibling.

Summer Series ( July - August )

Tuesday, July 14: Crazy for Caterpillars
Whether fuzzy, smooth, striped or spotted, caterpillars are so fun to watch.  We will visit the butterfly house and read about caterpillars and the butterflies or moths that they grow into.
Wednesday, July 22: Lets go camping
Playing, sleeping and eating outside is fun!  Let’s hike to Ladew’s woods for a story time about camping fun!
Tuesday, August 11: Seagulls and Sandpipers
Let’s imagine that we’re birds at the beach as we read about fun in the sun, sand and water.
Wednesday, August 19: Over in the Meadow
Let’s head to the meadow to read about the many beautiful wildflowers growing there and the bugs and animals who call the meadow home.

Summer Series Discounts
Register for whole Summer  Series for only $15 per member child: $45 per non-member child: $15 per extra sibling.

Individual Program Fee: Members $5 per child/adult pair, Non-members $15 per child/adult pair. Additional siblings only $5 each! 

Includes admission to the Gardens (weather permitting). Space is limited. Advanced registration and payment is required.

To register please, use our on-line form (click here) or contact Sue at 410-557-9570, ext. 213