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September 18, 2006

Born in New York in 1887, Harvey S. Ladew was drawn to Harford County by the prospect of fox-hunting in the area. In 1929, he purchased Pleasant Valley Farm in Monkton. Over subsequent years, the outdoorsman devoted himself to the beautification of the house and grounds. The result was Ladew Topiary Gardens, which on Sept. 29 will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the gardens being open to the public. According to the Ladew Gardens Web site, the Garden Club of America described the site as "the most outstanding topiary garden in America."

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