While Cleveland has become known for the natural wonders that are the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, our beautiful gardens are no shrinking violets. Meticulously curated and crafted with care, Cleveland’s gardens are filled with as much history and culture as they are with bushes and blooms.
Take a walk to remember at Cleveland Cultural Gardens, where diversity is in full bloom. Situated along a 1.5-mile stretch of University Circle, this gorgeous collection of 33 ethnic gardens features ornate sculptures and landscaping reflecting cultures from African American to Slovenian.
Few cemeteries feel more alive than Lake View Cemetery. Spread over 285 acres, the grounds are dotted with centuries-old Moses Cleaveland trees, Japanese Maples and more — in a stunning feat of horticulture suitable for the notable souls at rest (such as John D. Rockefeller and Garrett Morgan).
At Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11 themed indoor and outdoor gardens will beckon you to stay awhile. But you’ll be tempted to go global once inside the 18,000 square-foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse–showcasing an exotic Madagascar desert and Costa Rican rain forest, alive with butterflies.
Located 40 minutes south of Cleveland in Akron is Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. A self-guided tour of this scenic estate reveals not only a 65-room Tudor Revival manor house, but also 3,000 meticulously landscaped acres. (Don’t miss the Corbin Conservatory, aka a “garden under glass!”)
Ramp up the action along the 500-foot Murch Canopy Walk perched 65 feet above the forest floor or climb the 120-foot Kalberer Family Emergent Tower for a bird's-eye view of 3,500 acres of greenspace that is the Holden Arboretum.