Ladew Topiary Gardens are known for their topiary but that's only a small part of the whole. You stroll from one garden to the next and each has a theme (roses, a particular color, water, Asian style, etc.) There is a huge dovecote (or some other kind of big birdhouse) near the beginning and other charming structures along the way. Kids are welcome and they love the secret paths and little ponds with fish and frogs. I've been in early summer, mid summer and late summer and each time is different and lovely. The only time it wasn't so nice was during a long, hard drought but we've had lots of rain these past years so that is no longer a problem. The barn has some old carriages that are interesting to look at and the gift shop is lovely. Box lunches are good but a bit pricey; same goes for the restaurant. Easy to get to and parking is adequate.