Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Brushes & Blooms — Ladew’s Painting Party!



An evening of painting and fun with a
gathering of friends, food and drink.
Arrive early  to stroll the beautiful gardens.
Classes will be held in the Barn Gallery.


15 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)


5:30 pm - approx. 8 pm (arrive at least 15 - 20 minutes early)
With the exception of the 2 morning classes 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
(arrive at least 15 - 20 minutes early)


$40 Members | $45 Non-members


16 x 20 canvas, paint, brushes, aprons, easels, instructions and inspiration.

You Bring

Friends and family, drinks, snacks, paint clothes and a great attitude!
For evening classes, boxed dinners can be pre-ordered and purchased from the Ladew Café.

Advance registration and payment are required.  >>>    

At Ladew Gardens we take great pride in offering a wonderful variety of special events
and educational programs throughout the year, and we make every effort to keep the
ticket pricefor these events and programs as low as possible. Tickets for all of Ladew’s
programming are now administered through ShowClix… unfortunately the service fees
they charge are not within our control. Thank you for your understanding.
Cancellation Policy: All sales are final. If the event is rescheduled due to weather or
unforeseen circumstances and you are not able to attend a rescheduled date, we
will refund the ticket price, minus the processing fee. (If able to switch to another
program with the same fee, we can usually accommodate this request.)

  TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 5:30-7:30pm

Woodland Silhouettes

For this 16”x20” painting, we will be modeling the artistic beauty and shapes of our newly installed Nature Walk Gate by local artist Linda DePalma. A freeform, colorful background will be overlaid with plant and paper stencils to form a vibrant spring composition.  
  2 Dates: An evening class and a day class! 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 | 10:30 – 12:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lush Victorian Garden
The refined beauty of our Victoria Garden is the subject of this smaller, 8”x8” painting. With the three-tiered fountain as the focal point, we will play with atmosphere and light along with the colors of the late spring rhododendrons and flower bulbs
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 5:30 pm – approx. 8:00 pm

Pooch Portraits

Whether it was Judy the Scottie, Marlene Dietrich (Lena) the Dachshund, or Miss Collarnut of Paignton the Fox Terrier, Harvey Ladew’s scrapbook photos show his love for dogs. Bring in photos of your own lovable pooch to guide these keepsakes 
9”x12” pet portraits.

  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Day of the Dead, Sugar Skull

16”x20” The Dia’ de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on November 1 and 2nd, is a Latin American joyous celebration of life and death; a demonstration of love and respect for family members. Calaveras, or skulls, are commonly seen in colorful parades and celebrations. Coinciding with this rich cultural tradition is the Fall migration of the Monarch mariposas, traveling south as much a 2,000 plus miles from as far North as Canada to the remote forested mountains of Central Mexico where they will overwinter. The Monarchs represent the souls of departed ancestors, returning for their annual visit.  



Painting Parties at Ladew Began with Harvey

Harvey Ladew not only had a knack for Garden Design, but was also was very interested in painting. He used one of the barn rooms as his Studio and you can still see many of his paintings hanging there today.  Harvey sketched and painted throughout his life and he took painting classes from Jacques Maroger.  (Maroger was a painter and the technical  director of the Louvre Museum’s laboratory in Paris, later a lecturer at the Parson’s School of Design in New York, and in 1942 a professor of painting at MICA in Baltimore where he started the school of painting.)