Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Events by Interest  

Art in Our Gardens 2019

Christmas Open House

Family Nature Explorers  

Garden Glow

Garden Festival

Holiday Workshops

In the Garden Series

Inside Private Gardens Trips

Lecture Series 

Little Explorers Nature Program

Maple Magic

Member Strolls

Monarch Butterfly Workshop 

Mother's Day

New Member Orientation

Plein Air Workshop

Summer Concert Series

Summer Nature Camps

The Butterfly House


Wild Walks, 
Yoga, Photography,
Art and more! 


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 price for 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.























































































Welcome to Ladew Gardens' Butterfly House — the first of its kind in the region!

June 17 – September 30 | 10:30 am – 4 pm Open 7 days a week (weather permitting)

Step inside and experience up-close the habitat and life cycle of local butterflies and caterpillars. Our naturalists will guide your visit,teaching you about the remarkable metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. You may discover a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis... you can see which plants provide food and shelter for each of the native butterfly species... you can learn about the vital role butterflies play in plant pollination and in the food chain.

Admission-Please check in at the Visitors Center prior to visiting the Butterfly House.
Ladew members: Free
Non-members: Free with paid garden admission

Did you know

Monarch Butterfly Workshop

Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7
Gain knowledge, skills and confidence in raising monarchs for yourself in this two-day workshop.  $120 per person. 
One MSDE credit.  For more info, contact Sheryl Pedrick at or 410-557-9570, ext. 226. 

TO SIGN-UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP: We now offer registration online through Showclix. Register>>> 

Saturday, August 10 | 9 am – 12 Noon 

Butterflies Illustrated
Enjoy a lovely morning with butterflies, art, and pastry! This is a unique opportunity to spend a morning with Butterfly House Coordinator, Sue Myers, and her original artwork used for the newly designed interpretative Butterfly House signage. The rich botanical illustrations for the signage depict local flora and the life cycles of up to 23 species of our local butterflies and moths. Sue will share her knowledge and process as a painter of nature, offer tips for a successful butterfly garden, and will lead a tour of the Butterfly House, resplendent with the new signage and all aflutter at the height of our butterfly season. These beautiful paintings will be available for sale. 

9 –10 am:  Art Show, Continental Breakfast and Tours
of the Butterfly House with Docents.  
10 –11 am:  Discussion 
11 am –12 noon        Art Show and Butterfly House Tours Continue 
 FEE $12 Members | $18 Non-members  
 REGISTRATION Advance registration and payment are required >>



The Butterflies of Ladew, Art Show & Sale
These rich botanical illustrations will be available for sale in the Barn Gallery,
with paid admission to the gardens.
Saturday, August 10
Sunday, August 11  
Saturday, August 17   
Sunday, August 18 
12 noon – 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm    
10 am - 5 pm
An exhibit of the original
artwork created by Ladew’s
Butterfly House Coordinator
and in-house artist, Sue Myers.




The Butterfly House at Ladew Gardens is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Middendorf Foundation, Inc. We also thank the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. for their generous support in assisting Ladew in the production of educational signage to enrich the learning experience in our Butterfly House.