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Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton

(4.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Ladew Topiary Gardens are nonprofit gardens with topiary located in Monkton, Maryland. The gardens were established in the 1930s by socialite and huntsman Harvey S. Ladew (1887–1976), who in 1929 had bought a 250acre farm to build his estate. The house and gardens are open April through October, weekdays and weekends; an admission fee is charged.The grounds contain 15 garden rooms, each devoted to a single color, plant or theme, arranged around two cross axes with vistas. The axes meet in an oval swimming pool. The garden is particularly noted for its topiary, which was strongly influenced by Ladew's extensive travel in England, where he frequently went fox hunting. Ladew designed topiaries depicting a fox hunt with horses, riders, dogs, and fox clearing a hedge, a Chinese junk with sails, swans, and a giraffe, among others. It was proclaimed an "exquisite garden estate" by The New York Times. The Garden Club of America has described it as "the most outstanding topiary garden in America." The grounds also contain a 1.5mi nature walk.The house was built in stages, starting in the late 18th century, with a mid-19th century addition and other additions in the 20th century. The oval library is particularly noteworthy, and has been called "one of the 100 most beautiful rooms in America". Both the grounds and house, which contains a good collection of antique English furniture, opened to the public in 1971.
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  • Ladew has been on my list of reviews for months. Most recently, a group of us went to visit the Christmas sale, It was a brutally cold evening, but who cares, we delt with it. We had a guided tour of ...  more »
  • A magical place. So beautiful in Spring, Summer and Fall. Totally worth a visit. Driving through the Morthern Baltimore country , to get, there, is also an enlightening experience  more »
  • Bring your blanket,bring your friends,bring a picnic basket or purchase your food and drink there but get there for their summer concert series! A variety of different styles of music can be found pla...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Beautiful gardens and great history. The main house spans over three different centuries. Great for a day trip and easy to get to. We visited in October so many flowers were not in bloom. Looking forward to a visit next year to see it in all of its glory.
  • Very beautiful gardens! The topiaries were so so. We had a map but the garden could do with a little more use of signs to make navigation easy. The place is ideal for children and people of all ages. They also have summer evening concerts.
  • Beautiful topiary gardens and historic home ... Save time for the gift shop & guided tour!
  • Beautiful gardens, grounds, and nature walk with pleasant, knowledgeable volunteers and many educational programs.
  • Ladew Gardens is in a beautiful setting. I take issue with it being one of the "10 incredible topiary Gardens of the world". I was expecting topiaries everywhere I looked, but was greatly disappointed. They do have lovely gardens: white garden, pink garden, yellow garden, and lovely water lilies. The Nature walk was closed the day we were there. The gardens would benefit from a few directional signs on the paths. We had a little trouble reading the map in the brochure. The butterfly house was nice. We had a person in a wheelchair, and they do not accommodate wheel chairs at all. There is a sign that says they will provide a golf cart if you give them 3 days notice, but the garden paths are too narrow for a golf cart, so I don't know what you could see from that. Plan on having lunch at their café as the sandwiches and salads are delicious. I came from about 2 hours away and was glad I came, but probably will not be back.