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Cleveland Botanical Garden

For seventy-five years, Cleveland Botanical Garden has been one of Northeast Ohio's treasures. With beautiful facilities and innovative programming, the Garden reaches out to every segment of the community. It is a sanctuary for those who live and work in the city; a source of inspiration and information for gardeners; a living laboratory for students, teachers and researchers; a healing presence for those with special needs; and a catalyst for urban revitalization. In recent years, Cleveland Botanical Garden has extended its reach far beyond Northeast Ohio, becoming a national leader in urban horticulture, horticultural therapy and environmental education.

Cleveland Botanical is dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly in urban environments, through plants and gardening. We are always seeking innovative ways to educate people about the essential links between plants and humans and motivate responsible behavior to ensure a healthy future for all life on earth.


Cleveland Botanical Garden was founded in 1930 as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland, the first such organization in an American city. Originally housed in a converted boat house on Wade Park Lagoon, the center served as a horticultural library, offering classes and workshops for gardeners and spearheading beautification projects in the community. In 1966, having outgrown its original home, the Garden Center moved to its present location in the heart of University Circle, the site of the old Cleveland Zoo. Remnants of the old bear pit still remain in the Ohio Woodland Garden. In 1994, the organization's Board of Trustees changed the name to Cleveland Botanical Garden to reflect a dramatically expanded mission and launched an ambitious capital campaign to develop a facility that would support the enhanced program agenda. The magnificently expanded and renovated building, designed by Graham Gund Architects of Cambridge, MA, opened to the public in July, 2003.


The Garden's University Circle campus includes:

The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, a soaring 18,000 sq. ft. conservatory housing authentic recreations of two of the earth's most fragile ecosystems - the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Over 350 species of plants and 50 species of animals immerse visitors in a dazzling multi-sensory experience that raises awareness of environmental issues.

Ten acres of beautiful gardens, including the award-winning Hershey Children's Garden, the Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Garden, the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Sears-Swetland Rose Garden, the Ohio Woodland, the C.K. "Pat" Patrick Perennial Border, and the public Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Garden.

The Eleanor Squire Library, one of the largest repositories of practical gardening information in the country, houses a collection of more than 17,000 garden-related books and periodicals.

Lecture rooms, classrooms, video-conferencing lab -- over 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities developed to support the Garden's rich and innovative agenda of youth and adult education programs.

The Ford Resource Center, a dedicated space, overflowing with educational materials, where area educators gather to learn new techniques and access tools to enhance their teaching of the natural sciences.

Garden Cafe Centrally located with indoor and al fresco seating, the full service Garden Cafe offers visitors a variety of refreshments, light snacks and lunches.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden Store , a truly dazzling shopping experience featuring a sophisticated blend of everything botanical. From gardening tools, cards, toys and inexpensive souvenirs to one-of-a kind hand-crafted bird houses, fine jewelry and object d'art, there is something wonderful for every age and budget.

11030 East Boulevard

Butterflies fly freely in Cleveland's Botanical Garden
Butterflies fly freely in Cleveland's Botanical Garden



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