On March 29 Windsor hosted a tour of nine of the private residential community’s most exquisite gardens for members of the Ladew Topiary Gardens. The tour included stops at lush tropical oases overlooking the ocean to more formal, manicured and secluded courtyards, with special visits to Windsor’s Butterfly Garden and Weston Guest House, a grand residence with seven guest suites surrounding a lushly landscaped courtyard garden designed by renowned landscape designer Deborah Nevins.
“It was a pleasure to visit Windsor and tour such a stunning community,” said Susie Reichhart, Ladew Topiary Garden member and lead organizer of the tour. “Windsor is home to some truly astounding architecture and landscape design, and we look forward to future collaborations between Ladew and Windsor.”
Located in Monkton, Maryland, Ladew Topiary Gardens, known around the world for its topiary and flower gardens, was created in the 1930s by a self-taught gardener, Harvey S. Ladew. Ladew created 15 thematic “garden rooms” on 22-acres of his 250-acre Maryland property and transformed an old white farmhouse into a stately Manor House for visitors to enjoy today. Ladew Topiary Gardens is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits. Both the house and gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eighteen Ladew members participated in the tour, visiting the Butterfly Garden, Weston Guest House, and seven other Windsor Member residences. The tour was led by Jane Smalley, Windsor’s director of marketing and Melanie Atkins, manager of the Weston Guest House. The morning ended with a lunch on the Gallery Veranda of the Windsor Clubhouse hosted by Windsor Member Mary Mullan.
“I have the good fortune of living near Ladew Gardens in Maryland. It is a very special place and truly one of the premier gardens in the country. I was very happy to host a luncheon for fellow Ladew supporters and friends who were on the tour. I would like to thank all of the Windsor Members who graciously opened their gardens and the Windsor staff for their warm welcome,” said Mary Mullan.
Windsor (windsorflorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, full-sized polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.