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Christmas Through the Ages at Ladew Gardens

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Christmas at Ladew

 catch of the day fish (2)Let it snow, we say! And also, bring on the flowers! Think these two things don’t go together? Think again. Sure, your beautiful summer blooms are now a distant memory, but luckily the folks at Ladew Gardens just don’t stop. And they’re going all out (as usual) for their holiday open house. December 13 – 15, you can enjoy “Christmas Through the Ages” at Ladew, where local floral designers and Garden Clubs have been invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House. Deck the halls? More like deck the walls, tabletops, and fireplace mantels. And while you take it all in, you can enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies, as well as an exceptional Greens Sale featuring hand-crafted fresh holiday decorations — wreaths, table arrangements and decorations — perfect for your home, or for bringing along as gifts for family. But wait. There’s more.

Ladew Gardens’ Summer Concert Series

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catch of the day fish (2)Peace, love, and music. That was Woodstock, 1969. And in the song that she wrote to memorialize the event, Joni Mitchell declared that “we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” So true. We do need a little peace, love and music. And we do need to get ourselves back to the garden—and how about if it’s one that’s internationally recognized as a “living masterpiece,” and that’s right around the corner? It may be a far cry from the muddy bacchanal that was the 3-day Woodstock festival,  but Ladew’s summer concert series Groovin in the Grass delivers all the serenity, fresh air, and fantastic music you’d hope for in an outdoor music setting (plus, you get to go home at the end of the evening and sleep in your own bed, as opposed to in a pile of semi-clothed hippies). And of course, this is an outdoor concert you can bring the family to. The concerts begin on Sunday, June 9th and continue each Sunday evening through August 18th. The concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. (early enough for little ones to not get crabby), and the Ladew Gardens Great Bowl is a spectacular setting for taking in the variety of music offered this season.

Ladew Gardens Spring Lecture Series (and our Ticket Giveaway!!)

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Ladew Lecture Series

catch of the day fish (2)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.

For more information about the Ladew Gardens Spring Lecture Series, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ladewgardens.com. 

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