With this phenomenal spring weather, there’s really no reason not to hit every steeplechase race of the season. And since every steeplechase presents its own unique course of obstacles, each one offers an exciting and unpredictable race. But few can rival the tradition and challenge of the Maryland Hunt Cup. The thrill of horse racing coupled with the sport’s rich tradition in Maryland make a day at the races a fabulous weekend outing for the family, or a really cool date idea, or simply a great way to get away from it all momentarily. When you attend the Hunt Cup, you’re attending a horse race that has been run here in Maryland since 1894, when members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged the members of Green Spring Valley Hounds to a timber race. Thus was born the Hunt Cup. In keeping with the challenge, the first race was limited to members of the two original fox hunting clubs, but it proved such a success that the next year it was opened to all fox hunting clubs in Maryland. The race’s popularity spread like wildfire, and in 1903, members from recognized clubs all throughout the United States and Canada were invited to participate. Read More →
Thunderously exciting and heart poundingly beautiful, My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races should not be missed. The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for clear skies and temps in the low 70s, and the surrounding gardens are in their state of sweet young bloom. Perfect conditions for a day at the races! There’s still time to purchase tickets in advance, and there will be tickets on sale at the gate.
The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Gates open at 10:00 am, with the first race at 1:30 pm. The races are located at Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146) and Pocock Road. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.marylandsteeplechasing.com.
Spring brings with it the gardener’s checklist: Clearing out the remains of winter, tending to those brave bulbs that brought forth the hint that warmer days were upon us, and of course, garden planning and annuals planting. The Garden Festival at Ladew is always a special treat. An opportunity to gain valuable advice from industry experts and an incredible sale on rare plants and ornaments that allow your imagination to entertain all possibilities. Spending the day traipsing through spectacular and inspiring gardens is just a bonus! Special offer for Baltimore Viewers: Enter a comment below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival! Good luck- we hope you win…
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Join us at Ladew to shop from an exclusive collection of more than 40 unique vendors featuring hard to find perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties, plus decorative furniture, urns, statuary, and other architectural treasures.
Widely-recognized as an authority on antique garden ornaments, Barbara Israel, will host Garden Festival as this year’s Honorary Chair and Guest Lecturer.
Some things really don’t change much over time. And we’re grateful for that. A beautiful spring day is something of perennial enjoyment. And if you’re one to get swept up in the romance of days gone by, the long history of humans’ relationships to their horses can truly capture the imagination. Maybe that’s why year after year, we look forward to the first balmy days of spring that bring us out onto the grass or into the stands to watch incredibly trained horses and their jockeys race across green fields and leap above gates at breakneck speeds. We don’t need much more than that to get us out to a day at the races, but this year, the My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase will also serve as a benefit for Ladew Topiary Gardens—one of the most gorgeous outdoor settings in Maryland, and one that never fails to draw us outside—whether it’s for a garden walk, some classical music, or their fabulous plant sales. Ladew is truly a national treasure, so we’re more than happy to help support the famous garden while betting on a few horses and—hopefully—sipping some champagne in their honor.
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New Volunteer Opportunities
Whether you would prefer to volunteer as a docent in the Manor House or Gardens, with children’s education programs, at Ladew special events, or side by side with garden or office staff, this Open House will highlight the many ways in you can become involved in that very special way… as a VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers utilize their talents while receiving hands-on training through scheduled training sessions and/or on-the-job experience throughout the year. Returning volunteers receive opportunities to attend refresher training classes, as well as off-site field trips.
By donating your time to Ladew, you serve the community, gain personal fulfillment, and interact with others who share common goals and interests.
To register for either day, contact Barbara Barnoff, email@example.com or 410-557-9570, ext. 215.
Teach Children About Nature
Do you love nature and enjoy working with kids? Then join us and train to become a tour leader for children’s school field trips. You’ll learn about the plants and animals of the gardens, general ecology concepts, and outdoor teaching techniques.
$20 refundable fee. (Participants must lead at least two school field trips to receive refund.) Registration and background checks are required.
To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410-557-9570, ext. 226
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let it snow, we say! And also, bring on the flowers! Think these two things don’t go together? Think again. Sure, your beautiful summer blooms are now a distant memory, but luckily the folks at Ladew Gardens just don’t stop. And they’re going all out (as usual) for their holiday open house. December 13 – 15, you can enjoy “Christmas Through the Ages” at Ladew, where local floral designers and Garden Clubs have been invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House. Deck the halls? More like deck the walls, tabletops, and fireplace mantels. And while you take it all in, you can enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies, as well as an exceptional Greens Sale featuring hand-crafted fresh holiday decorations — wreaths, table arrangements and decorations — perfect for your home, or for bringing along as gifts for family. But wait. There’s more.
We all know that Ladew Gardens is renowned around the world for its incredible topiary scenes. Then there are the roses, the water lilies, and the wildflowers. Not to mention the tea house, the cottage, and the croquet court. If this is starting to seem as fantastical as something out of a Lewis Carroll book, it may well be.
But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Ladew (either on a nature walk, or during one of their remarkable plant sales, or simply sitting on the grass enjoying an outdoor concert) you know that the gardens truly do seem magical. The unique serenity and timeless elegance that Ladew has to offer are just a few reasons that the gardens top our list of local wedding locations.
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