One of the “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world.”


Welcome to Ladew Topiary Gardens, a place of ever-changing beauty, with 22 acres of spectacular award-winning gardens, more than 100 remarkable topiaries, a mile-long Nature Walk, and native Butterfly House.


Ladew is a vibrant community resource for people of all ages, perspectives, and backgrounds – from near and far – to reconnect, relax, and find calm.
Help us to preserve this local treasure – one that means so much to our countless visitors.


Why Support the Fund for Ladew?

Since Harvey Ladew established his whimsical estate as a public garden in 1971, Ladew has blossomed into a vibrant community resource for people of all ages, perspectives, and backgrounds. Today, Ladew Gardens remains a tranquil and welcoming respite for a growing number of visitors who come to us each year to experience the beauty of our award-winning gardens, magical native butterfly house, wonderful Nature Walk, and elegant Manor House, once Harvey Ladew’s home.

Ladew relies on the Fund for Ladew to continue impacting our community and preserving the legacy of Harvey Ladew. The Fund for Ladew is the building block for all facets of our work and supports 30% of Ladew’s annual budget. We rely on generous donations to the Fund for Ladew from our members, loyal donors, visitors, and friends, who provide us with the financial resources to keep Ladew blooming for years to come – for you and your family to turn to us whenever you need us most.

All donations, of any size, to the Fund for Ladew make an impact on our work in many ways:

· Keeping our gardens and grounds thriving and properly maintained
· Maintaining our buildings so they are safe, attractive, and welcoming
· Ensuring that our education programs remain relevant and engaging
· Strategically planning for the future and preservation of this Maryland treasure

Through your contributions to the Fund for Ladew, we will continue providing a special, intimate, and whimsical experience for visitors from near and far. Join us today and leave your mark on Ladew by contributing to the Fund for Ladew today.

Thank you for your support!





Thursday - Tuesday | 9 am - 4 pm
Open until 7 pm for Twilight Tuesdays

(closed Wednesdays)
  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors (62+) & Students: $10
  • Children (2-12): $4
  • Children under 2: Free
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Ladew presents over 100 educational programs and special events each year…for adults, children, and families

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Want more information as you explore Ladew? Look for the QR codes on the garden signs for Noteworthy Plant tours (green) and History tours (maroon). Simply scan the QR codes using your phone camera. Tours are multilingual and based off your phone’s language setting.