Annual Christmas Open House at Ladew Topiary Gardens

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“A Ladew Christmas Celebrating 45 Years”

Ladew Gardens will celebrate Christmas in seasonal resplendence as local floral designers and Garden Clubs are invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning the walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday splendor. Ladew’s Christmas Open House has been called “one of Maryland’s most memorable and decorative holiday events.” The Christmas Open House takes place Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 4 pm each day.


The theme for the 2016 Christmas Open House is “A Ladew Christmas Celebrating 45 Years,” commemorating Ladew’s 45th year as a public garden.

Visitors to the Christmas Open House are also invited to shop at Ladew’s exceptional Greens Sale featuring hand-crafted fresh holiday decorations – wreaths, table arrangements and decorations – lovingly created through the generosity of design professionals and volunteers. Guests are also treated to complimentary cider and cookies.


Proceeds from the Open House and Greens Sale benefit Ladew’s Manor House, 22-acre gardens, 60-acre Nature Walk, and Butterfly House. The Manor House at Ladew Gardens, filled with equestrian and fox hunting memorabilia, fine art, and English antiques, is a living legacy to the style, elegance and wit of Harvey S. Ladew, the man who created it.


The Ladew Gift Shop will be open during the Christmas Open House, offering seasonal gifts and decorative items for home and garden, and unique selections for holiday giving. The Ladew Café will be open for lunch, snacks and hot cocoa (11 am – 4 pm).

Weather permitting, the 22-acre gardens will also be open for self-guided tours during the Christmas Open House.

Ladew’s Christmas Open House is sponsored in part by APG Federal Credit Union, TDH Landscaping, and the Fabian Kolker Foundation. Support for this event has also been provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

Admission to the Christmas Open House: Ladew Members are Free; Adults $13;

Seniors & Students $10: Children (2 – 12) $4.

For ticket information, call 410.557.9570 or visit .

Ladew Topiary Gardens has been named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America;” was deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America; and was featured as one of “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest. Ladew is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). 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 the House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Edited from Press Release

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