Ladew Topiary Gardens

Get into the spring spirit (just ignore the snow outside) with the Ladew Spring Lecture Series: 2013. Held in Harvey Ladew’s Studio every Wednesday until April 17, the engaging lectures address gardens, landscaping, plant species and more, and they’re equally instructive for the neophyte, novice or knowledgable.  Ladew is one of those Baltimore institutions we too often take for granted, so make one of the lectures your reason to head there this season. It’s the prettiest time of year in the garden!

Spring lecture dates and descriptions below.

Bringing Awesome To Your Garden with Lloyd Traven

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2710:30am in the Ladew Studio

In a time when it seems every place has exactly the same plant selections, we all need fresh ideas, new choices, different methods and a whole new design concept. Water-friendly, edibles, foliage, container combinations—the rules have changed and a new world awaits. Come along with Lloyd as he shows some of the best new ideas you can take home and use this spring! Lloyd Traven and his wife Candy own Peace Tree Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a respected operation among international horticulturists. Lloyd is an advocate for small growers, with a passion for growing quality plants matched only by his commitment to using advanced technology combined with sustainable and organic growing techniques. For more information, please visitwww.peacetreefarm.com.

Creating an Outdoor Room with Mark Willard

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 310:30am in the Ladew Studio

Just like a room in your house, think of your garden, outdoor terrace or rooftop deck as a “room”. Unlike the controlled environment of interior rooms, an outdoor room includes many other living things and the opportunity to experience weather and seasonal changes. A well-planned outdoor room can enrich your living environment comfortably and conveniently. Mark Willard has over 25 years experience in planning, urban design and landscape architecture. Mark has worked on several award-winning projects both locally and internationally. In 1999, he started his own firm and has built a reputation for high quality design service and client satisfaction. For more information, visit  www.mwa-us.com.

The D. Landreth Seed Company and the Story of America’s Great Seedhouses

with Barbara Melera

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1010:30am in the Ladew Studio

Did you know that in 1798 the first zinnia seeds were sold in America; that the spinach you eat today was developed in 1826; and that the information contained in seed catalogs taught generations of Americans how to farm and live off the land? Come trace the history of the seed trade in America from 1784 (when the first seedhouse establishment was opened)  through the 20th century. Learn about the founding of Breck, Buist, Ferry Morse, Burpee, Park, Henderson,C. H. Lippincott and Bodger, as well as Landreth. Barbara Melera is president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company, located in New Freedom, PA. Landreth is the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest U.S. corporation. Today, Landreth is recognized as one of the leading providers of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed. For more information, visit www.landrethseeds.com.

Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

with Barbara Paul Robinson

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1710:30am in the Ladew Studio

Rosemary Verey was the last of the great English garden legends. Although she embraced gardening late in life, she quickly achieved international renown. Verey was the acknowledged apostle of the “English style,” on display at her home at Barnsley House, the “must have” adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John, and a beloved and wildly popular lecturer in America. A hands-in-the-dirt gardener herself, Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House. Barbara and her husband have created their own gardens at Brush Hill in northwestern Connecticut, featured in articles, books and television. Barbara has published articles in the New York TimesHorticultureFine Gardening and Hortus; she has also written a chapter in Rosemary Verey’s The Secret Garden. Book sale and signing of Barbara’s new biography on Rosemary Verey to follow.  For more information, visit www.brushhillgardens.com.

Admission for each lecture: $25 for members and $30 for non-members. $12 for optional lunch. Lectures are held at 10:30 am in the Ladew Studio. For additional information and to make reservations, please call the Ladew Office, open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm, 410-557-9570.

Ladew Topiary Gardens is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). For more information, please call 410-557-9570 or visit www.ladewgardens.com.  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 House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In April 2012, Ladew Topiary Gardens was named one of the Top 5 Gardens in North America.