May 1, 2013

Ladew Garden Festival: Saturday, May 4th!

Saturday is the annual Ladew Garden Festival, one of the highlights of the spring in our area. garden festivalIf you’re anywhere near Baltimore, this is the place to be! And looking at the weather forecast for the weekend, it’s going to be ideal – sunny and 70.

Ladew Gardens is one of Maryland’s treasures, and last year it was named one of the top five gardens in North America. Its topiary collection is known throughout the gardening world.

This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Allan Armitage, a horticulture professor at the University of Georgia, who, in addition to his gardening knowledge is known for his Tilley hat. imageAt the University of Georgia, he runs the research gardens where new plant material from most of the flower breeders in the world is evaluated. His courses include Greenhouse Production, Greenhouse Crop Management and Herbaceous Plant Identification and Use. He has visited research and production centers throughout the world and studies annuals, perennials, cut flowers and greenhouse crops in various climates.

There will also be numerous rare plant dealers selling the most amazing plants – ones that you certainly won’t find at your local big box store.

Again this year, there will be the “boutique” section of the Festival, featuring such favourites as Pennoyer-Newman,

Halcyon House Antiques, who will be showing some of their new Angela Caputi jewelry!

I’ve got my eye on this bracelet.

The Ladew Garden Festival begins at 10:00 and tickets prices are $15 for Sale Only (available at the door), $35 for Member Sale and Lecture and $45 for Non-Member Sale and Lecture. All prices include admission to the Festival, as well as the Gardens, Manor House with its Billy Baldwin-decorated aubergine bedroom (space is limited for house tours) and Nature Walk. For more information, please click here.


  1. Love the bracelet--the festival sounds like a super place to spend the week-end. Have fun.xoxox

  2. Have a great time at the festival Meg! I know I could spend hours there!
    Art by Karena

  3. You are going? right + I adore LaDew anytime. Have a great time.

  4. Armitage is such a good speaker! LaDew definitely is on my list of gardens to visit, though I won't make it in time to hear him.

    That bracelet just looks like summer.

  5. Darn, I had to miss it. Do you know if its always the first Saturday in May?

    1. Nancy... it's generally the first Saturday. Just check their website (or check here) a few weeks before that time to see the exact date!


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