Ladew Topiary Gardens

Ladew Gardens, named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America,” deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, and featured as one of “Ten incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest, is located in the Maryland countryside 20 miles north of Baltimore.  Designed and developed by Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), the Gardens and historic Manor House are known throughout the world. 

Ladew’s 22 acres of gardens feature more than 100 larger-than-life topiary forms which serve as the backbone and centerpiece of the gardens and define a series of garden “rooms” including the Rose, White, Yellow, Sculpture and Iris Gardens. A life-sized Hunt Scene of topiary horses, riders, hounds and fox welcomes visitors as they arrive and stands as one of the best known elements of the Gardens. From the iconic Hunt Scene and the Great Bowl, to the more intimate Yellow Garden, Ladew’s gardens are maintained to the highest horticultural standards and with a dedication to the design intent of Harvey Ladew.

The 18th century historic Manor House stands as a reminder of the unique and inspired life of a remarkable American character, Harvey Ladew. The house, which was built over three centuries, is home to Ladew’s remarkable collection of English antiques and equestrian-themed art. The Manor House preceded and inspired the gardens which reflect its beauty, elegance and humor.

The Nature Walk, established in 1999, offers visitors an unaltered natural landscape that provides an intentional contrast to the manicured gardens and acts as marvelous teaching aid for Ladew’s educational programming. The Nature Walk serves as a centerpiece for Ladew’s environmental education programs. 

The native Butterfly House, opened in Summer 2014, offers an up-close view of the habitat and life cycle of native butterflies and caterpillars.

Mission Statement

Ladew Topiary Gardens is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits.” Both House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Diversity Statement


Ladew Gardens is committed to creating a diverse culture where the contributions of all community members are valued and respected. Ladew believes that diversity - of the staff, the volunteers and of the visitors to Ladew, enriches the organization. Ladew is committed to creating and maintaining a community of belonging where all visitors are welcomed, appreciated, and engaged.


A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting us at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111 or by phone (410) 557-9570. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.


Board of Trustees



Leslie Erickson, President

Sarah Johnson, Vice-President

Daniel Driver, Treasurer

Evelyn Zink, Secretary


Bahia Akerele

Elizabeth Buck

John Canoles

Ted Carter

William Cook

Katherine Crosby

Kris Crosswhite

Daniel Driver

Leslie Erickson

Emlyn Flanigan

Ann Forbes

Susan Ford

Benjamin Griswold, IV

Tom Huber

Sarah Johnson

Susan Klein

Christianna McCausland

Beth McGuire

Carolyn Pizzuto

Sheila Riggs

Sarah Schweizer

Monique Simms

Karen Smith

Maisy Stierhoff

Lynn Vonderhorst

Barbara Voss

Meadow Lark Washington

Orsia Young

Evelyn Zink


Anne & Robert Kinsley Executive Director

Emily Wehr Emerick




J. Dorsey Brown, III

Jennifer Budge

Katie Constable

Molly Edgar

Wendy Griswold

Dudley Mason

H. Turney McKnight

Eleanor Reade



Leith Symington Griswold (deceased)

Betty Constable (deceased)

Martha Robbins (deceased)

Jean McCausland (deceased)

Reveley Moore (deceased)

Wendy Griswold

Dudley Mason

Sarah Schweizer

Anne Kinsley