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Trip Advisor Mom's Day Out
Nov 04, 2013 by: Louise W from Bel Air, Maryland, USA
I had driven by The Ladew Gardens once about three years ago, but just never had taken the time to stop by and see them. When I read in the AAA magazine about visiting a museum at no charge on September 28, 2013 and found that Ladew was on the list, I knew this was my chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of the gardens. There were lots of people there that day. I took 104 pictures of the interesting trees, flowers, streams, waterlilies and especially the topiary figures, but I am not going to show them to any of my friends and relatives because I want to take them there to see it for themselves. It was a really great relaxing day for me to explore by myself. I recommend the gardens for anyone who loves walking around out in the beauty of nature.

Trip Advisor ++ History, food, concerts, shopping
Oct 22, 2013 by: Momma23boyz from Mid Atlantic
Ladew has much more than topiaries---though the topiaries are pretty cool too! Their concert series is super fun for all ages. Open air, food, great bands. Adult and kid programs and lectures are offered throughout the year. The gift shop is a hidden gem for unique gifts. Hands-down, the house and the history are the most fascinating things about this truly unique gem. Don't expect DuPont. Ladew is more personal, quirky and special. See for yourself.

Trip Advisor End of August not a good time to visit the gardens
Sep 01, 2013 by: WineGossip from Harleysville, PA
We visited the gardens over Labor Day. There are the gardens, a nature trail, and a house to tour. The grounds/nature walk is $10 for adults, with the house tour it is $13. We arrived just before 3:00 p.m. and were told the last house tour was 3:00 p.m., despite their materials advertising 4:00 p.m. While waiting for the remainder of our group, we overheard them telling others that the last house tour was 4:00 p.m., but the house was really hit because there is no air conditioning. We are not sure why they seemed to be trying to dissuade people from the house tour. The gardens were overall well-maintained, but a lot of the flowers (roses and lillies) were not in bloom and many of the trees/bushes were browning. If you are expecting something comparable to Longwood Gardens - you will be disappointed. Probably would think it may be better to visit the gardens in Spring/early summer.

Trip Advisor Great Date Location
Aug 25, 2013 by: IES-Reston from Reston, Virginia
This was a day trip for me. Driving from Reston took about 1.6 hours. The last half hour of the drive is on a nice country road. I was impressed with the house tour. It's worth the 45 minutes it takes for this tour because it helps explain the garden. The topiarys were impressive and surprisingly large; however, I was surprised that my favorite part wasn't the topiarys - it was the Lily Pond garden. I can only imagine that the rose garden would be lovely when in bloom too. Guys. This is a great date destination. Maybe even for a proposal. Really.

Trip Advisor Much more than we expected
Aug 20, 2013 by: Jeremy W from Lovettsville, Virginia, United States
We've lived in the Washington DC area for over 10 years and finally made the trip to Ladew. We never realized how large or how nice this gardens was and I have been to many large gardens across the country. We were impressed by the extent of the gardens and the price was very reasonable for our large family. I highly recommend this garden for a great day of family fun and pictures. We came away with many beautiful family photographs with amazing backdrops.

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