On Mother's Day this year we visited Ladew Topiary Gardens. We had experienced a ceaseless string of cool, rainy days, so we were excited that Mother's Day dawned warm and sunny, allowing us to spend a whole afternoon exploring Ladew's expansive gardens.
The kids loved all the little fountains and pools.
One was stocked with big colorful koi and we discovered a snake sunning himself on the rocks near another pond.
The azaleas were in full bloom. I think I loved the Japanese-inspired gardens the best. The shrubs cut like a boat in the middle of a little island with red sails was so whimsical!
My mom joined us for our visit, which was perfect since she loves gardens so much.
This topiary above was shaped to look like a dog house with a dog leashed to it. It was a big hit with the kids!
The building above was a tea house! It reminded me of something out of Pride and Prejudice where some rich Regency family would have tea that the servants would prepare after a turn in the gardens.
How cool is this topiary giraffe?
There is a house one can tour as well. I toured it the last time I visited, some 10 plus years ago. This time we did not. I would love to visit Ladew as the seasons change. Perhaps we can visit again in the summer when the roses are in bloom?