Alright. If you haven’t made it out to Ladew Gardens yet this year, we can’t completely hold it against you. After all, this year’s “spring” weather doesn’t exactly entice one to spend gobs of time outside. Yet. But it should be noted that for those who do take an interest in gardens (theirs and others), Ladew offers so much more than simply the chance to take in the incredible topiary (named one of the Top Five Gardens in America—look out, Edward Scissorhands). Ladew offers a number of events every year, and they’re currently in the middle of one of their best, the Spring Lecture Series.
The remaining lectures for this season include on April 10 “The D. Landreth Seed Company and The Story of America’s Great Seedhouses” with Barbara Melera and on April 17 “Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener” with Barbara Paul Robinson. The story of the D. Landreth Seed company should be of particular interest to gardeners who care about the history of vegetables, the idea of “heirloom” varieties, and our culture’s relationship to growing our own food. The Rosemary Verey lecture will address the style and legacy of “the apostle of the ‘English style’…the ‘must have’ adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John.” For an extra charge, lectures can also be accompanied by lunch, with a reservation. Both lectures begin at 10:30 a.m.
If you can’t make it to the remaining lectures, you may want to mark your calendars now for Ladew’s Garden Festival in May. Tickets are available through Ladew Gardens directly—or you can keep your eyes peeled here at the Baltimore Fishbowl for our ticket giveaway! Each week, a pair of tickets will be awarded to a reader who can answer this question correctly: “How many hounds are running through Ladew’s iconic hunt scene?” Winners will be contacted through Facebook or e-mail.
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