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

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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?

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Every Friday from now until the festival, Baltimore Fishbowl will be giving away a pair of tickets to Ladew’s Garden Festival. To submit, simply answer the question:  How many hounds are running through Ladew’s iconic Hunt Scene? Correct answers will be entered in a drawing to be held each Friday, and winners will be contacted through Facebook or e-mail. If you attend, you’ll join the over 1,500 expected guests in enjoying the unique shopping opportunities, Ladew’s spectacular gardens, the historic home of Harvey S. Ladew, and a stroll through the Nature Walk.

This year’s guest lecturer, Allan Armitage has received numerous awards for his work, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America. He is the author of 14 books, including the well-known; Herbaceous Garden Perennials. A book sale and signing will follow the lectures. Seating for the lecture is limited, so if that’s of particular interest to you, we recommend purchasing your tickets soon (like, now). But lecture or no, there’s plenty here for the avid—even beginning—gardener. And once you’re inspired by the beauty of Ladew and have stocked up on plants to bring home for your yard, surely by the end of the summer you’ll be quoting Claude Monet in saying: “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”

The Garden Festival at Ladew takes play Saturday, May 4th at Ladew Gardens from 10am-5pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance, and more information can be found at

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