Ladew Topiary Gardens’ 2020 Garden Glow Going Virtual

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2020 Garden Glow will go live at,Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. Adding to the excitement, the festive virtual display will have fun educational content for children including creatures of the night and a look at Irvine Nature Center’s in-house owl.

The community is invited to carve jack-o’-lanterns for the showcase – using their own pumpkins or they can arrange to pick up a complimentary pumpkin from Ladew. Klein’s ShopRite has donated 300 pumpkins, which are available to registered participants at no coston a first come first serve basis. Those interested must complete an application on the Ladew website by Oct. 8 to confirm their participation and request a free Garden Glowpumpkin if interested. All pictures of carved creations must be submitted by Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.

“Garden Glow has become a great community celebration of Fall and Ladew,” said Executive Director Emily Emerick. “Going virtual this year was an easy decision as this format allows many more people to participate, especially those from afar.”

2020 Garden Glowis made possible by sponsors, Visit Harford!, Kinsley Construction, BGEand Harford County Community & Economic Development. Additional support comes from Klein’s ShopRite, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences and The Citizens of Baltimore County.

For those unable to tune in Oct. 24, the spectacle will remain up on the Ladew website through Nov. 30. It is free for all to enjoy, but viewers are encouraged to make a donation or consider becoming a member of Ladew.

“We are proud to be a much-appreciated resource for the community, especially during these unprecedented times,” Emerick added. “Gardens like Ladew offer tranquility and peace to our guests as well as to those outside of our region who are able to enjoy us virtually.”

About Ladew
Ladew Topiary Gardens has been named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America;” deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America; and featured as one of “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits.” Both House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ladew is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). For more information, call 410.557.9570 or visit

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After canceling two events, Old Prairie Town prepares for its new Garden Glow event – Entertainment – The Topeka Capital-Journal

For the past several months, Ward-Meade Garden at Old Prairie Town has been quiet as guests have meandered through the garden, taking in the green foliage and blooming flowers.

But what has been missing are the twinkling lights and large luminaries that many associate with Tulips at Twilight and the Tulip Festival — two annual events that were canceled this year because of COVID-19.

Park officials also canceled the annual Apple Festival, which draws a large crowd of people each year eager to watch demonstrations and eat apples.

“Apple Festival is the biggest event that we have here, and we see on a good year between 6,000 and 8,000 visitors throughout the park at that time,” Old Prairie Town recreation program supervisor John Bell said. “We hated to cancel the 41st annual Apple Festival. It is a fall tradition in many people’s schedules and it’s something that they come out here year after year with their friends and family.”

As a way to make up for those losses, Ward-Meade officials have created a new event that will allow for guests to once again experience an illuminating garden with less interaction and more social distancing in mind.

Garden Glow, which takes place from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 2-11, will feature luminaries, lighted displays and seasonal plants.

Admission is $5, and guests are strongly encouraged to abide by Shawnee County’s face mask requirement.

Because of restrictions on mass gatherings, Ward-Meade has limited the number of people allowed inside at any given time to 400, Bell said.

“We will have volunteers at the gate counting, and then once we get to that 400 number, it will be a one in, one out restriction,” Bell said. “In the garden area, the paths are a little smaller and things can get congested, so we are going to have a directional path flow so that everybody will hopefully enter one path and exit another path.”

Garden Glow will feature several large displays similar to what visitors see during Tulips at Twilight.

“This year we had new displays we were unable to put out because of COVID, so nobody has seen a lot of those,” Bell said. “So this will be an opportunity to not only see some of the past favorites but we have some new displays as well.”

Some of the new displays will include butterflies, ladybugs and frogs.

Those visiting during Garden Glow will also be able to see the hundreds of annuals and trees in bloom.

“It’s different in fall because everything is blooming,” Bell said. “In April, it’s pretty much just the tulips.”

Given COVID-19 restrictions, Garden Glow will be the only large event that Old Prairie Town hosts this year, Bell said.

“The community has seen so many big events get canceled due to COVID,” Bell said. “We wanted to give the community something because at this point, I think the citizens need something to see and experience. We’ve had so many subtractions regarding activities and events. We wanted to give them

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