Ladew Topiary Gardens is set to unveil the first major interpretive restoration of the Manor House since being occupied by Harvey Ladew himself. The Drawing Room has undergone extensive renovations to return to its appearance during the period from 1935‐1960 and will officially be rededicated Thursday, September 26, 2013.
The restoration of the Drawing Room was motivated by the desire to more accurately portray the original character of the room and was supported by research and documentation, including historical photographs. The project required the expertise of artisans from Baltimore to India in such fields as interior design, textiles, drapery, upholstery, historic paint analysis, and antique restoration. In keeping with historic preservation standards, historic features and elements in the Drawing Room have been retained and stabilized, while nonhistoric features and elements have been removed.
The restoration of the Drawing Room has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard C. von Hess Foundation of Columbia, Pennsylvania. Ladew Gardens has a long relationship with the Foundation, which has played a key role in the conservation and preservation of the Manor House interior. Visitors who add a guided House tour to their trip to Ladew Gardens will see the newly‐restored Drawing Room from late September through the end of the season on October 31, 2013. The Drawing Room will also be on
display during the Ladew Gardens annual Christmas Open House December 13‐15, 2013.
Ladew Topiary Gardens, internationally‐renowned for its topiary and flower gardens, is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I‐695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays and 10:30 am – 5:00 pm weekends (April 1 – October 31, 2013). Admission for the guided House tour and self‐guided Gardens and Nature Walk is $13 for adults, $5 for children (ages 2‐12), $11 for seniors (62+) and students, and free for members and children under 2. For more information, please call (410) 557‐9466 or visit www.ladewgardens.com.
Ladew Topiary Gardens, named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America,” 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.