Baltimore County Garden Receives $1 Million Donation


Credit: Ladew Topiary Gardens

MONKTON - Ladew Topiary Gardens has received a $1 million contribution from longtime supporter and former board chair Anne W. Kinsley.

The donation is the single largest in the garden’s history and will allow the garden to continue to fund its “public benefit and educational, scientific, and cultural pursuits.”

Current Ladew director, Emily Emerick, says it is an honor to receive such a generous gift.

“It is an honor for me to be associated with the Kinsley name, which is synonymous with excellence, leadership, and exceptional generosity. We are fortunate that Anne has a place in her heart and in her philanthropic priorities for Ladew,” Emerick said. “As we continue to tell the story of Harvey Ladew and that time in history through the preservation of the gardens on the property, this gift is monumental in our efforts for years to come.”

Ladew Topiary Gardens, located in the sleepy Baltimore County town of Monkton, has received many prestigious awards since its founding. Both the House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The garden has received the prestigious “Top Five North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” award from the Canadian Garden Tourism Council and was deemed “the Most Outstanding Topiary Garden in America” by the Garden Club of America. Ladew was also featured as one of the “10 Incredible Topiary Gardens around the World” by Architectural Digest.

Kinsley served on the Ladew Board of Directors for over 15 years, including three as Chair. Along with her late husband, Bob Kinsley, she has generously supported Ladew for nearly two decades. This endowed gift will help to ensure the future of the gardens as well as the historic Manor House.

“Anne and Bob have been instrumental in making Ladew One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America —a destination for education, discovery, and creativity,” added Emerick.

You can visit their website to learn more about Ladew Topiary Gardens or to support its mission of maintaining and promoting the gardens, houses, and facilities for the public benefit and educational, scientific, and cultural pursuits.

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