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. www.ladewgardens.com www.marylandsteeplechasing.com
Hunt Scene with Fox  Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Hunt Scene with Fox Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Hounds Scent Lycoris Squamigera 'Naked Ladies' Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Hounds Scent Lycoris Squamigera 'Naked Ladies' Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Hounds Scent Daffodils  Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
Hounds Scent Daffodils Courtesy of Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD

Crystal Palace, London, England

Sydenham Crystal Palace Fountains
Sydenham Crystal Palace Fountains
Crystal Palace was built in 1851 by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition and was constructed in Hyde Park, London. The vaulted glass and iron structure influenced Pierre S. du Pont in the building of Longwood Gardens Conservatory. In 1854 the Crystal Palace was moved to south-east London. Over the years until 1936 when it was destroyed by fire, it was a venue for many types of events including horticultural shows and had an aquarium. The building was an important venue for music, in part because the vaulted roof enhanced the sound. Paxton's work in the grounds was influenced by the Palace of Versailles and his engineering influenced the building of Crystal Palaces in Gothenburg, Sweden, Madrid, and Milan. http://www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk/