Ladew Topiary Gardens

BEHIND THE SCENES

June 14, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To maintain, promote and nurture Ladew Topiary Gardens -- including it's 18th-century manor house and 15 formal gardens designed by the late Harvey S. Ladew, a gentleman, horseman, fox hunter, farmer, world traveler, linguist, writer, raconteur, artist, music lover, collector and horticulturist. Regarded as a 20th-century landscape architectural monument, the 22 acres of gardens have been called "the finest topiary garden in America" by the Garden Club of America. The manor house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Latest accomplishment: Completion of a $2 million capital campaign that provides funds for new handicapped accessible restrooms, gift-shop remodeling and restoration of the gardener's cottage.

On the horizon: Ladew starts its outdoor summer concert series at 6 p.m. today with a performance by the Dunloggin Pipes and Drums in the Great Bowl. Also, expansion of a gardening program that teaches city school children the principles of conservation and horticulture. A nature trail is scheduled to open in the fall of 1999.

About Ladew: Membership: 1,400 households. Attendance: 30,000 annually. Operating budget: $610,000. Endowment: $7.5 million.

Where & When: 3535 Jarrettsville Park, Monkton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Until 8 p.m. Thursdays through Labor Day. 410-557-9466.

Jean McCausland, president of the Board of Trustees: "We have a very famous garden and people from all over the world visit us, but not many people in Baltimore seem to know where we are. I would like to encourage those people to come out and enjoy the gardens -- it's a beautiful and fun place to visit."

Members of the Board.

Nancy Boyce

Nancy Brewster

J. Dorsey Brown III

Sibyl Brown

Alexander M. Byers

Katie Constable

Betty Constable

Pat Corey

Edwin A. Daniels Jr.

Anne Deford

Bibber Dow

Mary P. Edgar

Emily Emerick

M. Gillian Fenwick

Judy Grassi

Leith Griswold

Wendy Griswold

Bunny Hathaway

Frances Horich

Elise B. Lufkin

H. Turney McKnight

John L. McShane

Beverly Moore

Achsah O'Donovan

Alice Ober

Jenny Pitts

Eleanor Reade

Fran Riepe

John A. Robbins Jr.

Martha Robbins

Susan G. Russell

Freddie Shaw

Charlotte Silver

Constance White

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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