What is Topiary?
(and other frequently asked questions, we’d be happy to answer)

To • pi • ar • y (tö’pi-er’i), adj. [ L. topiarius, concerning an ornamental garden < topia (opera),ornamental gardening < Gr, topos, place], designating or of the art of trimming and training shrubs ortrees into unnatural ornamental shapes. n. [ pl. TOPIARIES (-iz)], 1. Topiary art or work. 2. A topiary garden.


How far is parking from the house and gardens?

Limited handicapped parking is available in front of the manor house with a short walk to the visitor center and start of tours.  Parking for other guests is a brief walk down to the café and a five-minute walk to the visitor center and start of tours.  Overflow parking on busy days is in the hunt field adjacent to the regular lot, but that will only add a minute or two to your walk.

What visitor conveniences do you offer?

Ladew’s café is open seven days a week from April 1st to October 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Snacks and beverages are available for purchase within the visitor center, and restrooms can be found in the café and next to the visitor center.  There are no restrooms or water fountains at the far end of the gardens and we encourage visitors to carry water with them on warm days.  There are picnic benches next to the parking lot for those who wish to bring their own food.

How long do the tours take?

House tours are approximately 45 minutes in length. The 22-acre Gardens can be toured in 1 hour, more or less, according to the visitor’s preference. The Nature Walk takes about 45 minutes.

When are the house tours?

House tours are at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 & 3:00 Monday through Friday and every half-hour on weekends from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Are the house, gardens, Butterfly House and Nature Walk trail accessible?

The house is equipped with a ramp for limited wheelchair access. The Gardens are partially accessible to wheelchairs. Paths are paving stones, bricks, gravel or grass.  Please note that wet weather can make the gardens more difficult to navigate.   The paths leading to the butterfly house are grass and gravel.  The first quarter of the Nature Walk trail is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk.  Ladew has one wheelchair available and it can be reserved with 5 days advance notice. Please call (410) 557-9570.

Do you allow picnicking in the gardens?

Ladew has picnic tables near the parking lot.  They are often reserved by visiting school groups during April, May, September and October.  Therefore, they are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Picnicking is also available on the lawn or at benches throughout the gardens, except for in The Hunt Scene or The Great Bowl.  Please pack out your trash.

What is the best time of year to see the most blooms?

There are multiple opportunities to see the gardens at peak bloom, but it depends on your floral and seasonal preference. The spring bloom of tulips, azaleas, shrubs and flowering trees is most colorful from mid-April to mid-May, depending on the weather. June is peak for the roses and early perennials and if summer annuals and perennials are your thing, July and August are peak time. The fall is also beautiful with late season perennials, annuals and colorful deciduous trees.  Please see our What’s Blooming Guide for more details.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not permitted on the property, nor are there provisions to temporarily house them during a visit. Please do not leave pets in your car in the parking lot during warm weather since shade is minimal. Properly identified service animals that provide assistance for guests with disabilities are permitted.

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.)