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Children’s Day at Ladew Gardens


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catch of the day fish (2)World renowned Ladew Topiary Gardens is always a great place to bring the kids. After all, there’s plenty of space to run around, hide behind giant hedges, and appreciate the Alice in Wonderland-esque topiary masterpieces. But now there’s even more at Ladew to thrill the little ones. So this year’s Children’s Day also marks the opening of Ladew’s new Butterfly House. Dare we say it’s Ladew’s most eagerly anticipated family event yet? We think it just might be. After all, it’s a day long celebration of caterpillars and butterflies– those perennial kid favorites. Not that we as adults would turn down an afternoon of wondering at these most gorgeous members of the insect world ourselves. So save the date (Saturday, September 6) for Ladew’s most aflutter family day ever.

Pigtown Design: Renewed Ladew Room Debuts


Ha! Try and say that fast three times! I was invited to Ladew Gardens, one of the most special places in our area, for the unveiling of a newly redecorated room in the manor house. For years, the house was decorated mainly in the fashion of the owner, Harvey Ladew, but there were always the tastes of the various house committees overlaid on the décor.

What started as a job to replace some pelmets and restore a cracking ceiling became a 10-month long project, spanning the globe and using the expertise of numerous craftspeople.Ladew 103In the image above, you can see a little bit of the room as it’s been decorated for the past 20+ years. What you can’t see is the huge and growing crack across the ceiling and the deep concern on the faces of the staff and board. In addition, there was a feeling that something wasn’t quite right about this drawing room, as it didn’t fit well with the rest of the house.

Everything was removed from the room and the plasterers were called in, only to find severe structural damage to the plasterwork and the ceiling. Once the pelmet was removed, the damage to it was clearly apparent.Moths, age and lots of cigarette smoke had taken their toll and the fabric was damaged and the stitchwork was tattered.The curtain tie-backs were not in much better condition.Trips to the Design Center in NYC were made, fabrics were sourced from Scalamandre and Chelsea Textiles, and an order was sent off to be hand-stitched in India.pelmetPaint colours were investigated, and it was discovered that the room was the palest celadon green rather than the yellow which it had been painted.

Ladew Gardens Unveils Restored Drawing Room



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.

Don’t Miss The Garden Festival at Ladew: Saturday, May 4th


Sick of this wet, cold, crummy weather? So are we!  But the weekend forecast is good, making the Garden Festival at Ladew all the sweeter!  The gardens will be in their glory (April showers bring May flowers, remember?), and the grounds will be filled with some of the best plant and garden ornament vendors on the east coast.  Read below for more details. – The Eds.

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catch of the day fish (2)Originally published on April 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. – The immediate weather forecast is not too pleasant, so we’re just going to skip right ahead to planning for May. Does that work for everyone? We’re going based on the old “April showers bring May flowers” clause; and all we can say is that it had better be true. Assuming that it is, we’ll be first in line for this spring’s Garden Festival at Ladew—the incredible topiary that regularly hosts lectures, concerts, and more. Saturday, May 4th, they’ll be holding their annual garden festival, where guests can shop for hard to find perennials, rare annuals, unique small trees, unusual exotics, and container specialties from leading plant vendors. There will even be a few choice antique and ornament vendors from New England to Virginia, who will offer decorative furniture, urns, statuary, other architectural treasures for your garden. The festival will also feature a lecture by renowned author, researcher, and horticulturalist, Allan Armitage. Oh, and did we mention we’re giving away tickets?

Signs of Spring: The Ladew Gardens Lecture Series

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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.

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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.

A Book Festival, a Betascape and Fundraisers Galore!


As you make your plans for the weekend to come, here are some events you might want to consider penciling in:

The Baltimore Book Festival: This weekend, hundreds of authors, exhibitors, and booksellers will come to Baltimore to participate in book signings, poetry readings, workshops, and more.  Notable acts include presentations by Sherman Alexie, Common, and Jacquelyn Mitchard; Friday’s Happy Hour, which includes tips on beer, cocktails, and hosting; the Food For Thought stage, where celebrity chefs will demonstrate dishes, and more. To top it off, it’s all free! When: September 23-25, 2011. Friday & Saturday, noon-8pm, Sunday noon-7pm.  Where: Mt. Vernon Place, centered on 600 N. Charles St. Attire: Come as you are. Admission: Free

Ladew Gardens 40th Anniversary Gala: Ladew Gardens, the renowned topiary garden, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its “Beneath the Arabian Moon,” Gala, featuring music by The NightLife Band, exotic fare by Lindwoods, and specialty cocktails. When: Friday, September 23, 2011, 7pm.  Where:  Ladew Gardens. Attire: Black tie. Admission: $350 per ticket.  Tickets available by phone at 410.557.9570, ext 224.

Picnic in the Park: The Parks & People Foundation is hosting an elegant picnic benefit in the gardens of the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory.  Fare will include selections from local farmers and beers and wine from top notch breweries and vineyards.   When: Saturday, September 24, 6-9pm.  Where: The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 3100 Swann Dr., Druid Hill Park. Attire:  Picnic chic.  Admission: $75 per ticket, available through Paypal.

Betascape: Betascape is a weekend-long celebration of the convergence of art and technology.  The event, which kicks off Friday night and runs through Sunday evening, will feature exhibitions of artwork, lectures, food, and live music.  The idea is to celebrate Baltimore’s local tech and art communities.  When: 6pm on Friday, September 23, 2011, through 5pm Sunday, September 25, 2011. Where: Station North Arts and Entertainment District, 1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 810.  Attire: Casual. Admission: $30 registration.

And a heads up for next weekend…

Pumpkins on the Green: The Irvine Nature Center is putting on their annual “blue jean” fundraiser featuring live music, live and silent auctions, and seasonal tastes from a local “green” caterer.  Adding to the fun, the event’s honorary chair, recent Emmy-winner Julie Bowen, will participate in a meet-and-greet VIP cocktail reception before the event.  When: Fundraiser: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7-11pm. VIP Cocktail Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6pm.  Where: The Irvine Nature Center. Attire: Blue jean casual. Admission: $95 per ticket for the fundraiser, $500 for two tickets to the VIP reception and fundraiser. Tickets available through MissionTix.

Have a good weekend.