Discounted Fall Lecture Series

Wed. Sep 16, 2020 at 4:00pm - Thu. Oct 29, 2020 at 5:30pm EDT
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Fall Lecture Series 2020

 Our Speakers Are Sharing Their Stories Virtually! 

Ladew’s original Spring Lecture Series has been rescheduled for this Fall. And like always, this season's series features renowned speakers offering insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. Our presenters will take you on a journey through their areas of expertise in garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, and environmental sciences.  

All of this can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home!  

Cost:  $15/member; $20/non-member
Series Discount:  $75/member; $100/non-member (includes all 6 lectures; one is free)

Time: All lectures will start at 4pm Eastern Standard Time except for Edwina von Gal.Edwina's will be at 7pm Eastern Standard Time.

Registration and Ticketing

You will receive a link the day before the lecture with access directions and an ID code. Virtual lecture rooms will be open 30 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. Questions: Call Sheryl Pedrick at or 410.557.9570 x 226  

 Evening Lecture: Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 pm

The Future PRFCT: Kicking the Landscape Chemical habit and Finding a Whole New World of Beauty
with Edwina von Gal, Principal Landscape Designer, Edwina von Gal & Co.; Founder/President, Perfect Earth Project

Award-winning author and Landscape Designer Edwina von Gal asks, “What happens if you change your approach to landscaping from ‘clip and control’ to chemical-free and habitat friendly?”  Edwina will explain why it is important that we all reconsider our habits, how she has done it at her own home as well as her clients' properties, and how easy and amazingly rewarding (for people, their pets, and the planet) it can be.  For more info on Edwina and the Perfect Earth Project, visit 

Thursday, September 24, 4:00 pm

Exploring Native Wildflowers and their Habitats
with Dr. Alan Weakley, Plant Conservationist

An expert on the flora of the southeast including Maryland, Dr. Alan Weakley shares his vast experience investigating the flora, natural plant communities, and conservation of the region. Alan will introduce plants in their natural habitats in vivid photographs, demonstrate a practical plant identification app, and update progress on significant plant conservation issues.  Currently UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium Director, Alan was chief ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and co-authored the field guide “Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast”.  Books available through Ladew’s gift shop for $15.  To order, please contact Pam Sickenberger at or 410-949-1132.

Thursday, October 1, 4:00 pm

A Bountiful Year: Six Seasons of Beauty from Brandywine Cottage
with David Culp, Garden Designer

Renowned garden designer David Culp will visit Ladew just as his highly-anticipated book launches. This talk digs into the celebrated garden at Brandywine Cottage, featuring a focus for each month including recipes, to-do lists, flower arrangements, and practical tips.  Plant sources, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, meadow gardening, and favorite plants will be discussed. This lecture and book applaud a lifestyle which blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Books available through David’s website:

 Thursday, October 8, 4:00 pm

Living Floral
with Margot Shaw, Floral Designer

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flower Magazine, Margot Shaw presents a seasonal glimpse into the worlds of interior, floral, garden, and event designers, as well as architects - highlighting their flowering styles in entertaining and decorating.  Featuring excerpts from her new book “Living Floral”, Margot provides a variety of elegant, charming, and unique ideas for incorporating fresh flowers into your home.  Books available through Flower magazine’s website:

 Thursday, October 22, 4:00 pm

 Containers: Pots with a Purpose  
with Dan Benarcik, Horticulturist

 Join Dan Benarcik as he shows us the way to create magnificent, long-lasting plant container gardens.  Dan is known far and wide for adding “the element of surprise” to his attractive designs.  In this lecture-demo, the breadth of styles and techniques will be covered.  Beginner to advanced gardeners will enjoy learning how to use different types of pots and plants to create impressive garden containers. For more info on Dan, visit

 Thursday, October 29, 4:00 pm

 The Way He Sees It: Tom Scheerer on Decorating
with Tom Scheerer, Interior Decorator

 Named a top designer annually by Architectural Digest, Manhattan-based Tom Scheerer comes to Ladew to present brilliant photographs of his work and weigh in on the origins of inspiration.  With a career spanning decades and works featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Town & Country, Scheerer’s design style puts one at ease: sophisticated, yet relaxed and unpretentious. His new book “Tom Scheerer: More Decorating” is available through Ladew’s gift shop for $30. To order, please contact Pam Sickenberger at or 410-949-1132. For more info on Tom, visit



Select Bundles
Member Lecture Series Discount + More Details $62.50
Non-member Lecture Series Discount + More Details $83.34
Venue Details
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Ladew Topiary Gardens 3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111