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Ladew Topiary Gardens
Based on 93 traveler reviews
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.
Great day, althought we were a bit out of season
Sep 28, 2014 by: numbersguy79 from Woodbridge, New Jersey
This is a beautiful laid back outdoor experience. We went recently (end of September) which is 'out of season' for most flowers, but this it was a great day. My wife and our little girl thouroughly enjoyed the sites and the few flowering items still around at this season. The ground are well kept and very serene. The staff inside where you pay admission or buy gifts was friendly and hospitable. They offer age appropriate activiies for the kids... such as a 'scavenger hunt' which included 12 items on a pice of paper, when you find one you put a sticker (they provide) on it... this kept our litttle girl active and interested . We are not local so we didn't get into this, but they offer 'membership' and also have educational programs and other events sometimes.
Sep 22, 2014 by: COLEVILLE from Baltimore, Maryland
Have lived in Harford County for thirty eight years and never went to the gardens until now. Very nice relaxing afternoon. The gardens were so much bigger than expected. I shouldn't have waited so long! It was so interesting. Didn't know there was a polo field. There is a beautiful area where concerts are held in the summer. Would go back again in the fall or spring because it would look different at those times of the year. They have Stampedes there which I have never seen but would like to see one. If you would like a relaxing morning or afternoon, that is the place to go to!
Sep 22, 2014 by: Paul H from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This is a former private estate with large garden. The topiaries are famous, and are indeed worth the trip, and the rest of the garden is nice. The cafe is adequate. Be aware that the garden is not particularly handicapped-accessible. One of my companions had limited mobility (but is fortunately not completely wheel-chair bound). We found that there were many locations where deep gravel, flagstones, etc., meant that she had to get out of the wheelchair and walk for a bit. The house tour is not at all wheelchair-accessible, but they were very helpful in providing folding chairs as needed.
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