Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Nature Walk

Harvey Ladew was drawn to the Maryland countryside in the 1920’s because of the beautiful open space. The Nature Walk at Ladew was opened in 1999 and provides a contrast to the cultivated, formal gardens with pathways through a natural landscape. Guests can experience the various wildlife habitats of Ladew, which is located within the Piedmont Plateau. In addition to educational stations along the 1 mile trail, there is a short boardwalk through wetland forest and fresh water marsh. Tours are self-guided, aided by a printed map and descriptions of each station. Guided Hikes along Ladew’s Nature Walk 

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Nature Walk

Saturday, September 14
  |   11 am – 3 pm  (all ages) 

Free for Members | General admission for Non-members

Join us in commemorating this exciting occasion with a special celebratory walk through the Nature Walk at Ladew. While exploring the trail, you will encounter different learning stations along the way, including science, art, music, environmental experiments, and more. The celebration begins at 11 am with guest speakers and dedication of the new Nature Walk entrance gate. 

The Nature Walk, which has become a fundamental part of Ladew, was made possible through the generosity of France-Merrick Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Campbell Foundation, and BG&E Green Grant, and the support and enthusiasm of many others.



If you can’t join us for one of the special events listed, let our Nature Walk mascot “Tully” lead you on a self-guided tour of the new exhibits. You will enter through a beautiful new entrance gate created by artist Linda DePalma, and see new educational exhibits along our mile-long Nature Walk trail and boardwalk. Explore our wetland forest and fresh water marsh, and discover a bird blind, quarry overlook, floating wetlands, and more.