Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Cleveland Botanical Garden was founded as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland in 1930, and was originally located in a boathouse at Wade Park Lagoon. Various horticultural exhibits of plants from all over the world are provided in the gardens. This facility was the first civic garden center in the country.

The Garden Center had a history of raising money and awareness about the institution with white elephant sales boasted to be among the largest in the world. The Garden Center moved to the present location on East Boulevard in 1966 and changed their name to the Cleveland Botanical Garden in 1994. In 2003 the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse was built and exhibits the flora of Madagascar's Spiny Desert and a simulated Costa Rican Cloud Forest.



White Elephant Sales
John Grabowski recalls the annual White Elephant Sales at the Cleveland Garden Center
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A Quiet Retreat In A Bustling City
John Grabowski describes the contrast between the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and the surrounding area
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Becoming The Botanical Garden
Bob Reeves of University Circle Incorporated describes the transformation of The Cleveland Garden Center into the Botanical Gardens
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