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Ladew Topiary Gardens
Based on 96 traveler reviews
Beautiful gardens and home
Apr 16, 2015 by: artandnaturelover1 from PA
Meticulously maintained. Friendly staff. Very informative guide through home. Plenty of parking. On site café. Concerts and plant sales during the summer.
Nice visit even if a bit early in the season
Apr 06, 2015 by: beaufordtjustice from elizabeth city
I've wanted to visit the gardens for some time but it is a long way from home. We finally made it this past weekend and (through no fault of staff) spring is a bit late in arriving this year. There was not much blooming outside daffodils but the topiaries were beautiful. The mansion tour was well worth the additional fee. The artifacts and stories of Mr. Ladew's life were very interesting. Our tour guide for the home and staff in the visitor's center were excellent. A couple of negatives: 1) someone decided to recently apply a ton a manure in the not too distant past. The smell was pretty potent most of the time outside around the gardens; 2) I'm not a fan of "no photo" buildings. The interior of the home was beautiful (including one of the "100 most beautiful rooms in America" according to one publication) but no photos were allowed. I toured the Hillwood Museum (a mansion) earlier in the day and photos were allowed. I would love to have photos to show friends and family (it may encourage them to visit).
Right down the street from me
Feb 18, 2015 by: Mark2Wa from Jarrettsville, Maryland
Holiday events, and summer concerts are the best. Just went to a Talking heads tribute band concert inside the gardens this past year. You bring a picnic basket, chairs and enjoy wandering around the grounds. great for the whole family.
Could spend all day here!
Nov 26, 2014 by: happytrails410 from Crofton, Maryland
Visited with 3 of my female friends on a lovely fall day. We toured the house first -- led by a wonderful guide named Carl (who had also been our guide at historic Hampton House.) Carl pointed out numerous interesting details about the home, and entertained us with anecdotes about its owner, Harvey S. Ladew. Mr. Ladew inherited a fortune in his 20s, and was friends with the Duke of Windsor, Lawrence of Arabia, and others. One warning: if you are a PETA member, you may want to limit your visit to the gardens. Mr. Ladew was an avid hunter, and animal trophies abound in the house.However, as the gift shop manager pointed out, the Hunt Club (fox hunters) were responsible for preserving a lot of Hartford County's land from development. I had been to Ladew gardens before, but we didn't get a chance to see all the features I remembered since we had to be home before 4.There is so much to see in the gardens, that you could spend a long time exploring them. Ladew now has food, served inside the former stables (with each stall still marked with the name of its former equine occupant), or on tables in the stable yard. The choices are few, but adequate. My chicken salad was missing some of the promised garnishes, but it was fine. One of my friends got a Cobb salad, and another got a peanut butter sandwich! We really liked the gift shop, and each of us bought something.
Beautiful and Amazing!
Sep 29, 2014 by: Cassandra W from Panama City, Panama, Panama
I was running really for an errand nearby when I spotted signs for the garden. I'm not big into plants or gardening, but figured "Why not?". I was kind of just expecting a very pretty 18th or 19th century style garden, but boy was I surprised. The garden is just breathtakingly gorgeous! I was blown away at how many plants and flowers they had. Not to mention the neat fountains and ponds in each garden. All that combined with the different themes and sections the garden made for an nice relaxing walk.
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