Ladew Topiary Gardens seeks growth of young supporters

On the Town

June 09, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

LAST WEEKEND, more than 300 prospective members came to Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton for a firsthand look at Harvey Ladew's interesting house and the magical topiary. For many, it was the first visit, but it will not be the last. Most left as new members of Ladew after hearing about the benefits the program offers young couples and their children.

Guests were treated to food and drink, and took tours of the Rose Garden, the Croquet Court, the Great Bowl and the house, which has been open to the public for 25 years. I'm told Ladew volunteer Emily Emerick came up with the idea of inviting members of the younger set to a reception. And what a success it was.

Among those at the party were Terri and David Westerlund, she's an artist and he works for developer David Cordish; Margy and Michael Riehl, Riehl Estate Development; Kari and John Mutscheller, he sells insurance and she works for Pro-Serve; Lynda and Matt Nolan, she works for the Ravens and he's with Nolan Scott Inc.; Marshall Elkins, chief legal counsel for Integrated Health Services; Pat Bosse and Frank Gunther, she's a VP at St. Mary's Seminary and he's with Jorvis Lumber Sales; Jenny Bradley, at the party with her brother, Rusty, and their parents, who own Bradley's Wine and Spirits in Phoenix (they donated the spirits for the party); Anne Hambleton and Catch Secor, she's founder of an international environmental group that saves rain forests in South America and he's in commercial real estate; Nancy and Eric Weintraub, he's a psychologist at Johns Hopkins; Weeder and Andy Obrecht, she's an interior decorator; and Helen Norman Elmore, and her husband, Mark, she's a J. Crew catalog photographer and he's in advertising.

Other guests I saw were Geoff Brent, Harford County Judge Marty Baldwin, Kathy and Jeff Ix, Vickie Burnham, Jeannie Merrick Maddux, and Lydia and Steve Weiss.

Outgoing Ladew director Lena Caron joined Ladew trustees Wendy Griswold, Ned Daniels, Jenny Hopkins, Turney McKnight and Martha Robbins to help out with the party.

Ms. Caron's replacement, Jenny Shattuck, will begin her job in August, as soon as she's settled after a move from California. If her last name is familiar, perhaps you know her former husband, Alex. Brown president and chief operating officer Mayo Shattuck.

Skip and Chris Brown, Brown's Wharf owner, were among a large group who decided to stay for an outdoor dinner at the Cafe at Ladew, where caterer Jane Fallon serves delicious food. Many of the other guests, I am told by my children, ended up at the Manor Tavern for dinner.

Celebrity shopping

Lots of excitement at Cross Keys, when songbird Paul Anka, in town for a concert, stopped by Bonnie Grosso's Cross Keys shop, Noir. He had a woman on each arm and made several purchases for both before leaving.

If you haven't seen this shop, you should stop by for a look. Bonnie carries women's apparel, accessories and some household items, all of which have one thing in common -- they are black.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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