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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Some would say that Philip Krach is just a gardener, a man whose existence revolves around the seasons, the emergence of hundreds of iris blooms and roses in the spring, the relentless growth of weeds and grass in the summer, the quick disappearance of the perennials in the fall frost. But watch Krach take hold of a pair of electric hedge clippers at Ladew Topiary Gardens and attack the yew, carving perfect straight lines and curves that only he seems to see so clearly in his mind's eye. Working on a 10- to 15-foot high topiary seahorse, he wields the clippers as though they are an extension of his arms and hands, with a flick of the elbow or wrist this way or that producing a clean line.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
Frances W. Riepe, a former interior decorator who had been a trustee of Ladew Topiary Gardens, died May 16 of congestive heart failure at her home in the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She was 91. The daughter of Francis Asbury Warner Jr., founder of the Warner-Graham Co., and Elsie McGee Warner, a homemaker, the former Frances Warner was born in Baltimore and raised on Hollen Road in Cedarcroft. She attended Bryn Mawr School and graduated in 1941 from the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 1946, she married George Mitchell Stump Riepe, who later became president of the Warner-Graham Co. Mrs. Riepe earned a certificate in 1964 from the New York School of Interior Design and owned and operated an interior decorating firm from her Guilford home.
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By Karin Remesch | June 14, 1998
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.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
Grace Carroll Swarm, a former partner in a Stevenson gift shop and a talented flower arranger, died Jan. 6 of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital. The Owings Mills resident was 79. The daughter of William Hudson, owner of the Hudson Investment company, and Louise Hudson, a homemaker, the former Grace Carroll Hudson was born and raised in the Greenspring Valley. Mrs. Swarm, who never used her first name, attended Garrison Forest School and graduated in 1952 from Noroton School of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2002
Reveley Allen Moore, who headed the board of the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County, died of undetermined causes Monday while vacationing near Budapest, Hungary. She was 64 and lived in Monkton. President of the 32-member foundation board of the 250-acre garden, historic manor house and nature walk near Monkton, she was part of a core of volunteers and donors who transformed the property from an obscure, local landmark into a regional attraction. Born in Raleigh, N.C., Reveley Allen was a 1954 graduate of Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh and earned a degree in chemistry from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. She became the treasurer of Ladew's executive committee in 1987, its vice president in 1993 and its president in 1999.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
Frances W. Riepe, a former interior decorator who had been a trustee of Ladew Topiary Gardens, died May 16 of congestive heart failure at her home in the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She was 91. The daughter of Francis Asbury Warner Jr., founder of the Warner-Graham Co., and Elsie McGee Warner, a homemaker, the former Frances Warner was born in Baltimore and raised on Hollen Road in Cedarcroft. She attended Bryn Mawr School and graduated in 1941 from the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 1946, she married George Mitchell Stump Riepe, who later became president of the Warner-Graham Co. Mrs. Riepe earned a certificate in 1964 from the New York School of Interior Design and owned and operated an interior decorating firm from her Guilford home.
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By Julianne Peeling | April 15, 2013
What he does: Tyler Diehl oversees the design, planting and maintenance of 22 acres of lush gardens in Monkton. The Ladew property, which is 250 acres in total, includes a nature walk and 15 “garden rooms,” each with its own theme. While most of the design work takes place in the winter, along with seed-starting and mechanical maintenance, a typical day throughout the year involves cleaning, mulching and pruning. How he got his start: As a child, Diehl enjoyed playing outside, reveling in the plants of his own backyard.  “Then one day somebody said, 'You know, you can go to school for this,' ” he says.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1997
There'll be a lot of horsing around today behind Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County.The Maryland Polo Club, which leases about 60 acres behind the topiary gardens for practice and games, is host to the United States Polo Association Fred Peterson Memorial Tournament, featuring six teams from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.The tournament, sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, is one of the premier matches in the state.It was named for Fred Peterson, an avid horseman who died in 1989 and whose namesake son is president of the club, which is nearly 10 years old."
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | August 2, 1998
There's nothing wrong with the Ladew Cafe's dinner menu that serving it in November wouldn't fix.Or here's an simpler solution: Offer the lunch menu at night.Imagine this scenario. It's 90 degrees in Baltimore, so you drive out to Monkton to have supper in the lush greenness of Ladew Topiary Gardens. You've heard that the respected Brass Elephant Caterers has taken over Ladew's cafe, so how can it miss?In spite of the heat, it's pleasant on the cafe's brick patio, what with the large, fragrant gardenia plant at its center, the perennials around the stone wall, the deep woods as backdrop.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
On this sunny morning at Harford County's Ladew Topiary Gardens, 24 Baltimore second-graders peered uncertainly through plastic magnifiers at soggy lumps of lima beans in their palms. "Eeeeeeuuuuuuw," several of the Barclay Elementary School pupils exclaimed as they crowded together on a rug in the book-lined studio near the main house. "They are a little cool and a little wet," reassured Rae Ann McInnis, an instructor for Ladew's children's education program, which began its spring season this week.
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Special to The Aegis | December 10, 2013
Ladew Gardens in Monkton will celebrate Christmas in seasonal resplendence with its annual open house Dec. 13-15, as local floral designers and local garden clubs are invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning the walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday splendor. In its 33rd year, Ladew's Christmas Open House, according to the event's organizers, has been called "one of Maryland's most memorable and decorative holiday events. " The Christmas Open House is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Leith Symington Griswold, matriarch of the Symington and Griswold families, who was an accomplished equestrienne, died of heart failure Tuesday at her Monkton home. She was 97. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of John Fife "Jack" Symington, an industrialist and sportsman, and Arabella Hambleton Symington, who served on charitable boards. Mrs. Griswold grew up on the family's Lutherville farm, Tallwood, and graduated from the Bryn Mawr School. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a school in Rome.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Some would say that Philip Krach is just a gardener, a man whose existence revolves around the seasons, the emergence of hundreds of iris blooms and roses in the spring, the relentless growth of weeds and grass in the summer, the quick disappearance of the perennials in the fall frost. But watch Krach take hold of a pair of electric hedge clippers at Ladew Topiary Gardens and attack the yew, carving perfect straight lines and curves that only he seems to see so clearly in his mind's eye. Working on a 10- to 15-foot high topiary seahorse, he wields the clippers as though they are an extension of his arms and hands, with a flick of the elbow or wrist this way or that producing a clean line.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Some would say that Philip Krach is just a gardener, a man whose existence revolves around the seasons, the emergence of hundreds of iris blooms and roses in the spring, the relentless growth of weeds and grass in the summer, the quick disappearance of the perennials in the fall frost. But watch Krach take hold of a pair of electric hedge clippers at Ladew Topiary Gardens and attack the yew, carving perfect straight lines and curves that only he seems to see so clearly in his mind's eye. Working on a 10- to 15-foot high topiary seahorse, he wields the clippers as though they are an extension of his arms and hands, with a flick of the elbow or wrist this way or that producing a clean line.
EXPLORE
By Julianne Peeling | April 15, 2013
What he does: Tyler Diehl oversees the design, planting and maintenance of 22 acres of lush gardens in Monkton. The Ladew property, which is 250 acres in total, includes a nature walk and 15 “garden rooms,” each with its own theme. While most of the design work takes place in the winter, along with seed-starting and mechanical maintenance, a typical day throughout the year involves cleaning, mulching and pruning. How he got his start: As a child, Diehl enjoyed playing outside, reveling in the plants of his own backyard.  “Then one day somebody said, 'You know, you can go to school for this,' ” he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
The plink, plink, plink of sap hitting the bottom of a metal bucket is music to Sheryl Pedrick's ears, she says. That means there will be a symphony in the woods around Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton in the weeks ahead. The education coordinator at the gardens has been tapping the maple trees the old-fashioned way - with a hand drill and metal spouts and stainless steel buckets that she's collected from farm sales - and before the season ends in March, she will have collected 30 or 40 gallons of sap and boiled it down until it becomes the delicious amber-colored syrup that puts Aunt Jemima to shame.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2002
Jim McDaniel recalls watching many visitors to Ladew Topiary Gardens stop at the edge of the overgrown iris garden, peering into thick trees and shrubs that overshadowed the delicate flowers. Most never got much farther than the rickety steps, said McDaniel, Ladew's head of gardens. But today, after a $500,000 restoration at the Harford County landmark, the now-sunny garden is filled with people strolling among more than 700 irises planted around a bubbling 200-foot stream. "It's everything I hoped it would be," McDaniel said.
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August 26, 2007
CHRISTOPHER H.C. WEEKS of Bel Air, MD. Loving brother of Mary R. Ranneberger. Also survived by two nephews, Benjamin G. Ranneberger and Seth C. Ranneberger. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Joppa, MD on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 5 p.m. Friends may call at the church from 4-5 p.m. prior to the service. Those who desire, may contribute to Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at: mccomasfuneralhome.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,kate.shatzkin@baltsun.com | May 7, 2009
Moms, it's your weekend. And if you're the kind who wants to spend it having fun with the family - instead of holed up solo with a glass of wine and a good book - there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to choose from around town. You can explore the outdoor beauty at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton and take a free tour of art depicting the roles of women at the Walters. Help your kids make your Mother's Day gift (hey, at least that way you're sure to get one) at a local library. Take in a concert that explores the relationships between mothers and daughters.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | April 12, 2009
With spring here, the change of season has Emily Emerick and her staff at Ladew Topiary Gardens hopping. Emerick, executive director of the historic house and gardens in Harford County, spent recent weeks prepping for the March 28 opening of the 2009 season. At Ladew, she's doing something she has loved since she was 4 years old. The Towson native's earliest memories revolve around watching her mother in a denim wrapped skirt and a bandanna preparing garden beds and planting rhubarb, asparagus and strawberries.
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