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Ladew Gardens Announces Fall Lecture Series

2017 Fall Lecture Series at Ladew Topiary Gardens

September 28 • October 5, 12, 19, 26 • November 2

Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Maryland — Ladew Gardens announces the schedule for its Fall Lecture Series, featuring distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to gardeners and nature-lovers of all ages and abilities. The presenters will take the audience on a journey through their explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, sculpture, and environmental sciences, while offering rare glimpses into some of the nation’s most beautiful private gardens. Ladew’s Lecture

Series is offered every spring and fall.


Candy in the Garden: Ideas and Inspiration to Create Eye-Catching Drama in any Garden Setting - with Kent Russell

A nationally recognized celebrity gardener, Kent will entertain and educate with his informative presentation, “Candy in the Garden.” Served up with verve and humor and illustrated with a wide assortment of live plant material, he will focus on creating eye-catching drama in any garden setting. In addition to the abundant plant material, Kent will share stories about his recent gardening adventures.

(Sponsored by: Pinehurst Landscape Company)

THURSDAY, OCT. 12 | 10:30 AM

Sculpture in the Garden: A Retrospective - with Mary Ann Mears

Mary Ann Mears is Ladew’s 2017 featured artist, whose sculptures are on display in Ladew’s Wildflower Meadow through October 31st. Mary Ann’s career as an artist who creates site-specific public art involves thinking about ways to integrate art into a space so that it enhances it and expresses ideas unique to that place and to the surrounding community. She will discuss how she approaches garden sites and share reflections on ways she draws images and inspiration from the natural world. Following the lecture, Mears will lead a tour of her outdoor sculpture exhibition.

(Sponsored by: Richard & Sheila Riggs)

THURSDAY, OCT. 19 | 10:30 AM

The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer - with Bill Thomas (with book sale)

Join Chanticleer's Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what The Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture.

(Sponsored by: TDH Landscaping)

THURSDAY, OCT. 26 | 10:30 AM

Artificial Nature: Renaissance Rome and the Birth of Garden - with John Marciari (with book sale)

Drawing on a chapter from his book Art of Renaissance Rome, John Marciari discusses the beginnings of modern garden design in the gardens of Rome and the surrounding countryside. Looking particularly at places such as the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, his lecture will demonstrate how the Renaissance gardens manifest the same artistic spirit seen in the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and their contemporaries. John is the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

THURSDAY, NOV. 2 | 10:30 AM

Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden - with Jenny Rose Carey (with book sale)

In this lecture, Jenny Rose Carey (Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm) will talk about design ideas and horticultural suggestions for shade gardening. She will show verdant photos of shade gardens that she has visited in different parts of the world, and talk about shade-specific design ideas and plant suggestions. Jenny Rose is a life-long gardener, horticulturist, and educator who believes in the power of gardening to change lives.

(Sponsored by: GBMC: The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute)


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | 5 PM dinner followed by 7 PM lecture

Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration - with Scott Weidensaul (with book sale)

Forever we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverses immensities of space the way we cross the street. New research continually expands our understanding of where birds travel and their migratory feats. But while the populations of many migratory birds are in decline, we can do many things to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them. Scott Weidensaul is the award-winning author of more than two dozen natural history books, writes for many publications, and currently studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.

(Sponsored by: The Mill)

* Admission for Daytime lectures: $25 for Members; $30 for Non-members.

* Admission for the Special Evening Lecture on September 28: $40 for Members; $50 for Non-members.

* Lecture tickets should be purchased in advance at Lectures are presented in the Ladew Studio, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Maryland. For additional information visit or call 410.557.9570.

Ladew’s Spring Lecture Series is made possible in part by: the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

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