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Signs of Spring: The Ladew Gardens Lecture Series

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.

Happy Birthday, Rawlings Conservatory



Happy 125th birthday, Rawlings Conservatory. Your full name is a mouthful: The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens of Baltimore! It’s almost as long as your distinguished history.

Far more than 125 panes of glass adorn your Victorian majesty. You are the second oldest “glass palace” in America. You are the last of five that once graced Baltimore’s well-known parks. Quite a distinction.

How Does Your Garden Show: Washington, D.C.


A long overdue trip to see the outstanding George Bellows show at the National Gallery of Art http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/bellowsinfo.shtm also reminded me of how gardens enhance any outing.

Foodie Celeb Alice Waters Stops by Baltimore School Garden This Week (Recipe Included)


It would be easy for Alice Waters, the celebrity-chef owner of Chez Panisse and godmother to the organic/local food movement, to spend her days sniffing over heirloom eggplants and other organic delicacies at Berkeley farmers markets. Just like it would’ve been easy for Jennifer Crisp to continue her career as a chef in California, home of the country’s most discerning foodies. But “easy” isn’t necessarily what these women are interested in — which is why you’ll find both of them with their hands in the dirt this week, helping expand one struggling Baltimore City school’s nascent garden program.

Pigtown Design: Pumpkins Update


It’s just amazing what a few rainy evenings will do for plants! I think the “big” pumpkin has doubled in size in the past week.

Pigtown Design: Pumpkin Patch


I’ve been keeping a close eye on my pumpkins in the last few weeks.

Surprise Pink


All of a sudden they rise up unannounced. No leaves, no warning, just long narrow stalks out of the ground. First a bud on top, then another, then another, until there’s a cluster on each stalk.  Lycoris squamigera is back again.

How Does Your Garden Show: At Night


The other evening I wanted to send a friend in New York shots of our garden, which she’s known 40 years. The hour was late, but I gave it a try.

The garden at night is forgiving; weeds blend with other vegetation. Something about it reminds me of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.  I expect a critter or two to appear. Birds chitter on their way to bed.

These days our garden iswilder than in my mother’s day. I’ve let plants she reserved for our playhouse garden slip their way into the main the garden: feverfew, larkspur, lysimachia and white violets. Some outlying beds are wilder too, thanks to a “darling” white-flowered plant she found in Leesburg and brought to the playhouse area. This invasive Houttuynia jumped that garden long ago and keeps popping up under flagstones, creeping closer every year to the “formal” garden.

Through the “Garden Gate” in Guilford, Homeland and Roland Park


On a cold, rainy Monday in April Jim Childs and Jack Coyier  flew in from Iowa where they work for Garden Gate magazine. http://www.gardengatemagazine.com They came to Baltimore to photograph gardens. Monday afternoon we toured Roland Park,  Guilford  and Homeland.  I introduced them to a handful of the areas’ finest private gardens, as well as to Sherwood Gardens.

Garden Festival at Ladew

Ladew Garden Festival Guest Lecturer Carolyne Roehm


Carolyne Roehm, one of America’s leading tastemakers, trendsetters and lifestyle experts will host May 5 Garden Festival at Ladew Topiary Gardens as this year’s honorary chair and guest lecturer.

Celebrating its fourth year, Garden Festival at Ladew has become the regional rare plant, antiques and garden ornaments sale. Featuring an exclusive collection of vendors from throughout the eastern seaboard, Ladew expects to welcome over 1,500 guests to Garden Festival. In addition to shopping and Ms. Roehm’s lecture (seating is limited), guests at Garden Festival can tour Ladew’s renowned gardens, visit the historic home of Harvey Ladew and stroll through the Nature Walk.