In the gardenCelebrate spring in the country....

In the garden

Celebrate spring in the country. Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton opens today at noon for the season. Recognized as one of finest gardens in the country, Ladew boasts a 22-acre topiary (of dramatically sculpted hedges and figures) and 15 thematic flower gardens, along with an antiques-filled English manor house dating to the late 1700s, a cafe, museum and gift shop. Today and for the rest of this week visitors to the popular Harford County landmark can attend a plant sale featuring hundreds of perennials and annuals. Ah, spring.


Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Open daily except Mondays today through Oct. 31. Admission to the gardens only is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $1 for children. Admission to the house and gardens is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $2 for children. Call (410) 557-9466.

If you're the adventurous sort, and don't mind getting your hair wet, why not give kayaking a try? Adventure Schools is offering kayaking lessons on the Potomac and Gunpowder rivers starting in May. Fans of the sport say that Maryland offers plenty of great kayaking places for beginners. And if that isn't enough to make you head for the river, just remember: The word "kayak" spelled backward, is "kayak." Cool.


Adventure Schools kayaking lessons, weekends starting in May. Price includes use of equipment. Advance registration is required. Call (800) 51-KAYAK.

Taste of the Nation

Around here, it seems that only Elizabeth Large, Sun Magazine's restaurant critic, is able to dine at almost every fine restaurant in town. The rest of us can only wish that we had both the time and the money to go to all those great places. Hold everything! Now we can go. Sort of. Baltimore's third annual Taste of the Nation, a benefit for hunger relief April 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature food and wine from more than 50 of Baltimore's best restaurants and wineries. Among the places featured will be the Brass Elephant, the Harbor Court Hotel, Linwood's, the Polo Grill, Phillips, Pierpoint, Spike & Charlie's and Ruth's Chris Steak House. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Maryland Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Food Link and various overseas relief organizations.

Taste of the Nation, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 25, Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Call (800) 955-8278.

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