Discounted Spring Lecture Series

Wed. Mar 17, 2021 at 4:00pm - Wed. Apr 21, 2021 at 5:30pm EDT
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 Ladew’s popular Lecture Series is back for Spring... but this season it will be presented virtually. Be inspired by these renowned speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. Enjoy these journeys through explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, and environmental sciences.

Series Discount:  $75 member  |  $100 non-member (includes all 6 lectures; one is free)

Registration and Ticketing  
Lectures will be recorded and available for paid registrants to view later.

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  

Wednesday, March 17
4:00 pm
Return of the Periodical Cicadas and Other Garden Pests
with Mike Raupp, entomologist at University of Maryland

As sure as cherry trees bloom each spring, Brood X periodical cicadas will return by the trillions this spring from Georgia to New York with Maryland at the epicenter. Learn about their fascinating strategy for survival, when they will appear, and what mischief they will cause to your landscape trees and shrubs. We will also visit some new invaders including spotted lanternfly and a few perennial trouble makers and learn how to put a beat-down on them in the garden and landscape.  

Mike Raupp is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.  A regular guest on NPR, Raupp has appeared on all major television networks with luminaries including Jay Leno, Hoda Kotb, Chris Cuomo, and Kojo Nnamdi. His “Bug of the Week” website and Youtube channel demystify insect behavior and natural history to tens of thousands of viewers weekly in more than 200 countries around the world.

Wednesday, March 24 
3:00 pm
Wild Creations
with Hilton Carter,  plant/interior stylist, author, and artist

Join “plant doctor” Hilton Carter as he shares his new book, Wild Creations, filled with many DIY projects, plant hacks and thought-provoking “wild rants” looking at the transformative power of plants. While he thinks styling your plants and curation is important, knowing how to properly care for and understand plant life is everything. From creating a paint by numbers jungle mural and creating a plant chandelier, to propagating techniques and creating the perfect vibe in your home, Wild Creations will have something for everyone. He believes youll learn something that will help make your home feel more lush and vibrant and inspire you to make your own wild creations.

Baltimore-based Hilton Carter has been featured in the The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, HGTV and BuzzFeed, to name a few. His second best-selling book, Wild Interiors: Beautiful Plants in Beautiful Spaces, released April 2020. He is set to release his third book, Wild Creations in April. 
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Wednesday, March 31
11:00 am
Gardens in Small Spaces
with Butter Wakefield, garden designer

Join award-winning garden designer Butter Wakefield as she shares examples of some of her work and work of her friends and colleagues that illustrates clever ways of using limited space efficiently and to maximum effect. She will highlight important elements that help to create an illusion of space and how to get as much planting, green and growing matter into the garden. 

Raised on a small farm outside Baltimore and inspired by all things outdoors, Butter Wakefield eventually moved to England where she studied interior design and garden design. She created her own garden design studio in London, offering a very unique and personal service. She has over 15 years of experience creating many inspirational and purposeful gardens of all sizes both in London and beyond. Learn more Thursday, October 8, 4:00 pm



Wednesday, April 7
4:00 pm
A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks & Entertaining Friendswith Christopher Spitzmiller, designer and author

Christopher Spitzmiller is known to his friends and Instagram fans as the ultimate weekend farmer, who raises his own handsome chickens, grows his own flowers, and puts up his own jam, cider, and honey. In this, his first book, he treats readers to a full year at Clove Brook Farm, his idyllic but always-active country retreat.  Filled with tips on garden-planning, creating seasonal flower arrangements, and living with animals, A Year at Clove Brook Farm is a timely book as we are all focused making the most of our own homes and gardens.

Christopher Spitzmiller is a designer and artist whose lamps, tableware, and other ceramics are found in every chic A-list  interior,  including  the  White  House,  and are  regularly featured  in  celebrated  publications  including Architectural Digest and the Wall Street Journal. He is on the board of the Garden Conservancy and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Learn more or

Wednesday, April 14
4:00 pm
Proven Perennials
with Richard Hawke, horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden

It's new… but is it a winner or a dud? Richard Hawke will share information on perennials that have proven to be beautiful, reliable, and hardy in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s evaluation trials. Find out which perennials are winners and why. 

Richard Hawke has been the Plant Evaluation Manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1986.  Hawke is an instructor for the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the author of Plant Evaluation Notes, and is an author and contributing editor for Fine Gardening. In 2005 he received the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award for teaching excellence. The Plant Evaluation Program received the Award for Program Excellence from the American Public Garden Association in 2008. Hawke is the Midwest Regional Director of the Perennial Plant Association. Learn more

 Wednesday, April 21
4:00 pm
Local and Sustainable Floral Design
with Ellen Frost, floral designer with Local Color Flowers

Ellen Frost will share her passion for locally grown flowers and sustainable floral design discussing local flower sourcing and sustainable design mechanics.  She will create a floral design using flowers, foliage and flowering branches sourced from farms located within 100 miles of Baltimore. She'll also share stories about the farmers that grew the flowers that she will be using in her design. 

Ellen Frost is the founder and owner of Local Color Flowers, a design studio in Baltimore, Maryland, which sources all of its flowers, foliage and branches and plants from farms within 100 miles of Baltimore. Frost has an MBA from Loyola University and is a Baltimore Master Gardener. She is a national leader in the Local Flowers movement and is an active member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. 
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Ladew Topiary Gardens 3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111