Monkton, MD

Ladew Topiary Gardens




Ladew Topiary Gardens, Inc.


Architecture, Historic Preservation



Improvements Guided by Historic Preservation Goals

Developed during the 1930s by the late Harvey S. Ladew, this 200+ acre site includes the uniquely beautiful historic Ladew house and 22 acres of gardens. The mission of the nonprofit is to maintain and promote the gardens, house, and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific, and cultural pursuits.

Ladew Gardens hosts approximately 80 special events throughout the year and provides educational programming for school group tours.   Guests have reported that the gardens can be difficult to find, and the entrance is often missed in passing. In addition, growing attendance at Ladew Gardens functions has increased the need for parking, as well as improved circulation for both vehicles and pedestrian visitors.

Warehaus assisted Ladew Gardens in addressing these challenges while respecting the historic character of the landscape and meeting design requirements from the Maryland Historical Trust. To improve access, safety and wayfinding, Warehaus sought solutions to expand parking and create a clear separation of vehicular traffic from pedestrian traffic. The Warehaus historic preservation team prioritized areas of significance within the historic landscape to inform the new parking and pedestrian circulation design.

Ladew Gardens also requested a new maintenance building to help care for the buildings and grounds and support special events. Throughout the design process, Warehaus provided design consultation to ensure that the new maintenance facility, lighting, and other site features were compatible with the historic landscape and did not damage the historic character of the site. Warehaus also prepared and submitted easement alteration application and Section 106 documentation to the Maryland Historical Trust and the State Historic Preservation office to ensure that the project complied with various historic regulations.

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