Celebrate Spring with Tours of Stunning Gardens in Maryland and Delaware

(May 7, 2019) – Treasured gardens in the Mid-Atlantic connect visitors to beautifully designed landscapes and historic properties not to be missed by nature enthusiasts. Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County, Maryland, is known around the world for its topiary and flower gardens. About an hour’s drive away, Delaware’s Nemours Estate is one of the six gardens in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley that comprise “America’s Garden Capital”; others include the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Hagley Museum, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

These are among the country’s most beautiful and popular gardens, and if you’ve had the pleasure of strolling along their walking paths, you already know why. And if you haven’t yet visited personally, spring is the perfect time for an introduction.

The extraordinary Ladew Topiary Gardens are located in the small town of Monkton, Maryland, but are known throughout the world. Designed and developed by wealthy fox huntsman Harvey S. Ladew, this English-inspired garden is home to 22 acres of more than 100 larger-than-life topiaries, including bushes shaped into an entire fox hunt – riders, hounds and fox. The historic manor house, which is open for tours, showcases a unique array of English furnishings and equestrian-themed paintings, all collected by Ladew during his extensive travels. The first of its kind in the region, the Gardens’ Butterfly House gives visitors an up-close educational experience on the natural history and life cycle of several butterfly species. The grounds also contain the formal gardens, multiple fountains and pools, and a 1.5-mile Nature Walk, all of which serve as a backdrop for special events and programs throughout the year.

Considered the largest and finest example of a formal French garden in North America, Nemours Estate in Wilmington, Delaware, opened for the season on May 1. The 300-acre estate is modeled after the French palace Versailles. The 77-room mansion contains rare French 18th-century furniture and an eclectic collection of notable antiques, works of art and tapestries. Along with the French garden, visitors can also admire fountains, artwork and gilded sculptures on the grounds, and they can explore the Chauffer’s Garage, which houses a collection of vintage automobiles used on the estate.


About Visit Harford

Visit Harford is Harford County’s Destination Marketing Organization as recognized by the State of Maryland. The nonprofit organization promotes tourism within Harford County by sharing information on local events, restaurants, attractions, sightseeing opportunities, sporting and recreational facilities, entertainment venues, and more in the “Experience Harford” e-newsletter, at, and on the organization’s Facebook page.

Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley is in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region and less than a two-hour drive from both New York City and Washington. Steeped in American history and the legacy of the famed du Pont family, Greater Wilmington is a destination marked by sharp contrasts – town and garden, past and present, historic and hip. From renowned gardens, world-class museums, colonial towns, outdoor adventure, festivals, and an ever-growing craft beer and restaurant scene, each experience is more vibrant, more unique and more authentic than the last. Learn more at And to see the beauty of the Brandywine Valley now, watch this:


Moneé Luckey