While visiting Ladew Topiary Gardens this summer, I was curious to see how the gardens would look in autumn during the changing of the seasons. So I paid a visit on Oct. 31, the last day of the 2013 season.
Though it was a damp, overcast day, it was a pleasant one to roam the environs and enjoy the change in the season. The gardens had an interesting mix of colors — orange leaves mixed with roses and water lilies as Mother Nature created a palate of hues.
Harvey S. Ladew, a self-taught gardener, bought the property in 1929. Twenty-two acres of his property were fashioned into 15 gardens with various themes. The gardens and the Ladew house are both listed in the National Historic Register of Places.