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Trip Advisor Beautiful family day
Jul 22, 2014 by: Erika N from Baltimore, Maryland
Ladew is beautiful. We went on a sunny gorgeous day...not too hot. We walked the gardens and a trail. My young children loved running through the big open areas and I took some great pictures. There are quite a few water features and a pond with koi. We had lunch, which was great! The food was reasonably priced and the service was fast. You eat in a barn, which my son thought was neat. Very well maintained.



Trip Advisor Beautiful
Jul 22, 2014 by: Erika N from 
Ladew is beautiful. We went on a sunny gorgeous day...not too hot. We walked the gardens and a trail. My young children loved running through the big open areas and I took some great pictures. There are quite a few water features and a pond with koi. We had lunch, which was great! The food was reasonably priced and the service was fast. You eat in a barn, which my son thought was neat. Very well maintained.



Trip Advisor Once a Favorite Place; Rude Staff
Jul 18, 2014 by: KimS18 from Baltimore, Maryland
I have visited Ladew every summer for six years with my sons, ages 8 and 12. It is a favorite place to spend a summer afternoon, and my boys ask to go back every year. I hate to give Ladew a bad review because it is a beautiful place, but the staff this year made it extremely unpleasant. We arrived with another family and were waiting outside the gift shop, located near the entrance to the gardens, for another friend. A staff member shouted at us that we could not stand there without paying. When we explained we were waiting on another friend, she curtly stated that we would have to pay the entrance fee or wait in the parking lot. I understand they are trying to make sure everyone pays the fee, but she could have handled this in a polite manner. She shouted from 20 feet away with her hands on her hips and was very rude. While in line, a mom of three (kids 6-12 range) was buying tickets and asked for the house tour. The staff person discouraged her over and over from the tour, and told her that children are often ill-behaved and ruin the tour. When she politely said she knew her children would be fine and have been on tours of other historic homes, the staffer kept insisting they would ruin it for the other guests and gave her a laundry list of reasons why she should not go on the tour with kids. She finally gave up, and didn't do the house tour. First, the staffer was extremely rude and obviously no fan of children. Second, if the house tour is off-limits for children, say so on the web site. Don't embarrass someone at the ticket counter and make her children feel unwelcome. We spoke to this woman later, and she said her daughters were very excited to see the house and this was a huge let down. While touring the gardens, the boys love to kneel next to the ponds and look for frogs. The adults in our group were standing right there to supervise. A staffer reprimanded them for getting too close to the wildlife. We were also reprimanded for getting too close to the butterflies. I found this ironic since Ladew had volunteers capturing the butterflies. Along our walk of the gardens, we caught this same staffer watching us through the bushes. Sure, there were moments when the kids had to be reminded to talk softly or not run, but considering we had a group of 6 children, they were overall very well behaved and definitely not in need of being stalked by staff. At the end of our trip, we used the picnic tables near the parking lot for a snack. A staffer came down to the lot on a golf cart and shouted at us, "Why are you still here!" She then shouted they closed at 4:00 and it was 4:20 and she had to lock the gate. We apologized over and over and said we thought they closed at 5:00. She then rudely sated, "You need to leave immediately!" and "You know we close at 4:00!" Again, shouting at us from more than 20 feet away. It was our mistake, no doubt, but this could have been handled in a totally different and civil manner. I truly believe we were treated poorly because we had children with us. On the car ride home, instead of talking like usual about our favorite part of the trip, my sons asked me why adults are often rude but expect children to always be polite. My oldest son told me he never wants to go back to Ladew. The rude, unpleasant staff has tainted one of our favorite places.



Trip Advisor Awesome not to be missed if you love gardens!
Jul 05, 2014 by: Georgeann B from Richmond, Virginia, United States
Random find and what wonderful place to take in the wonderful gardens on a beautiful day. We do not live locally but purchased a membership so we would be sure to come back in spring or fall



Trip Advisor Beautiful gardens and Interesting Mansion
Jun 30, 2014 by: Elizabeth C from Wilton, Connecticut
We had an informative and fun tour of the mansion. Not only did we see the house and furnishings but heard the history and stories as well. It was interesting and humorous at the same time. Then we strolled through the different gardens, each planted to reflect a different theme or visual feeling. It was wonderful ! I will go back again.


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