Ladew Topiary Gardens

Ladew Topiary Gardens

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The artist and fox hunter Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976) designed and developed this 22-acre garden. You can see more than 100 life-sized rooms and 15 themed garden rooms, such as the yellow garden, the iris garden and the rose garden. The guided tour will take you to the manor house in Ladew around 1747. The manor house displays works of art collected by Ladew, British antiques, fox hunts and equestrian souvenirs. The 1.5-mile long nature trail includes a boardwalk through educational stations and wetlands.

First of all, fox hunting is the catalyst for the creation of this garden. Ladew Gardens and Estates was founded in the 1930s by the wealthy and eccentric Harvey S. Ladew. As a hunter, he was fascinated by British culture and design, especially the fox hunting tradition. Particularly fascinated by the fox hunting tradition, he always made sure to stay in line with the hunting club when he built his mansion.

One corner of the garden is a statue of Adam and Eve. Adam got the forbidden fruit from Eve and hid two apples behind him. Elsewhere, Ladew cut the hedges in a shape of fat man walking with a puppy, his irreverent tribute to a Henry Moore sculpture.

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