Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Opening Day is March 28th. Tally Ho! is SUNDAY, March 29th. The hounds, the horses and the mounted riders in their “pinks” from the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club will present information about this 200 year old tradition here in Monkton, about 20 miles north of Baltimore. Three weeks later the 99th running of “My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase” timber races to benefit Ladew will take place.
Harvey S. Ladew, dubbed “gardener, sportsman, art patron and good companion” by the “Tattler” was a New York socialite who, after World War I, spent time in England. There he was influenced by Gertrude Jekyll (preeminent English garden designer) and discovered topiary when in Gloucestershire, England. He was also influenced by Italian gardens, two cross axes for long vistas with a single color, single plant or single theme in the “garden rooms” at the end of the axis. The Garden Club of America voted Ladew Gardens the most outstanding topiary garden in America.