Take a Trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens



Last fall, my husband and I had time all to ourselves during the week while the kids were in school; I was on fall break and my husband took a day off. We spent the day at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland, just 29 miles north of Baltimore in Monkton. It’s a great way to enjoy “together” time, as you stroll the gardens and see the blossoms and collection of plants. Additionally, the topiary gardens are sculpted beautifully. We did go in early autumn, but springtime and summer must be glorious as well. And the weather was so spectacular, that we ate lunch on the patio outside the small cafe.

Harvey Ladew, who died in 1976,  was an interesting gentleman who was known as a traveler, artist, foxhunter, and gardener. He had many famous acquaintances, including Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and Somerset Maugham, and he relished the company of all types of people. He wanted to leave his 200+ acre property for others to enjoy, and in 1971, his home became a non-profit organization for the public to enjoy. To learn more about the history of Ladew, visit the website and click here.

There’s nothing like a day trip to clear one’s head. Strolling gardens looking at nature and blooms of later summer/early autumn reminds me of days gone by when people had no connection to electronics and were able to completely de-stress and just stroll and connect the old-fashioned way—by talking and being together.

I enjoy exploring hidden treasures that are just a short distance from home, and am always looking for a nearby place to spend some time.

Do you?



While we were there, we got to see the gardeners working on trimming the hedges.









A very nice person took a photo of us in one of the gardens.



Topiaries are behind me!!!
Topiaries are behind me!!!


imageStephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of the newly released Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.  To visit Stephanie’s Amazon Author page and see her books, click here.


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