Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
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egslade
Portsmouth, NH111 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
My husband is from Cleveland and I've been visiting for 40-plus years but this was my first time visiting the 33 cultural gardens, representing the ethnicity of groups who have settled in Cleveland. We parked our car on a side street and started walking. Each garden is marked with a green sign indicating the country it represents. Some of our favorites included Hungary, Ireland, and Italy, but we didnt see them all since we got caught in the rain and had to cut our visit short. It was very quiet on a Thur
morning which added to the experience; we only saw one other family. Many of the gardens are educational including busts and statues of famous citizens and plaques with history and cultural information. The hydrangeas were in full bloom and just beautiful. I would recommend downloading the map that's available online before you go. Also, there are guided tours on Saturdays which would be interesting. We loved our visit, and it's free!
Written July 11, 2020
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Paula B
51 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
These gardens are very spread out so I recommend riding bikes and stopping at each garden. Some gardens are big and others are very small. It is very long if you walk it all. We drove through and saw the different gardens looking out the window. There are stone memorial/descriptions in each garden to read. Unfortunately it was raining when we were there so we did a short tour. It is obviously free. Would be nice for a long walk (5 miles), or to have a picnic in some of them.
Written May 9, 2021
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K J
Brunswick, OH15 contributions
May 2021
Some local residents don't seem to know these gardens exist. You can see them as you drive by on MLK Drive through Rockefeller Park. Each nationality in the city has a small garden, with statue or other marker, commemorating its presence or heritage. They are not breathtaking or amazing, but interesting to see.
Written June 23, 2021
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gefilte63
Beachwood, OH737 contributions
Jul 2020
We were staying at Glidden House and decided to take a (long) walk to the Gardens. This was my first visit on foot--rather than just driving by.
The Gardens are a little hit and miss; some are more elaborate, others more modest. Not only are the plantings beautiful, but many of the gardens have history and information about the country being represented. It also gives an insight into the many different groups that have made the Cleveland area home.
We walked for a few hours and probably saw about 15 gardens. Not sure how you do this if you are in a car; parking is not available.
Written April 11, 2021
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ406 contributions
Jul 2021
I only drove through on Martin Luther King Drive, but the drive was really nice. It goes through a bunch of cultural gardens that looked beautiful. If I had time to stop and walk around I would have. That was the end of the nice driving in Cleveland. Honestly I'm surprised I didn't get carjacked in all the other neighborhoods I drove through.
Written September 20, 2021
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH3,037 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
A century ago, Cleveland started with a Shakespeare garden and evolved it into a series of gardens reflecting some of the many cultures that went into the city's making. In the decades since then these have grown into something like 50 gardens ranging from Italian, German, Hebrew (this was before the formation of Israel) and Irish to the newest immigrants from the Middle East and Central Asia.

The gardens are strung along about a mile of the parkway-like Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between I-90 to the north and University Circle to the south. The bulk straddle the space between MLK and East Blvd., perhaps the width of a football field. It's really hard to generalize about the gardens. Some of the older ones (particularly Germany, Italy and Greece) are very grand, but some older ones have great art or sculpture (India comes to mind). Most of the gardens showcase great authors, composers, or other cultural figures rather than leaders or generals, which I liked a lot.

Sadly, several of the older gardens suffered from a period of neglect in the 1960s and 1970s and are still recovering. Still, they are very pretty and worth a visit.

There are tours offered of the gardens, but I have never taken one.

A few tips.

First, although MLK is an attractive drive, it's also pretty busy and there is limited parking. You'll probably want to park on close by East Blvd, about 100 yards to the east (there are also convenient side streets). There are a handful of ramp like exits between MLK and East Blvd., so it's not at all hard to get to.

Second, the adjacent neighborhoods are not among Cleveland's best. You probably don't want to stray too far to the west of MLK and maybe only a block or two on the east. Also, it's busy enough during the day (complete with lots of runners and bicycle riders), but you probably don't want to visit too late.

Third, this is an easy trip to combine with one to the wonderful cultural institutions in University Circle at the south end of the MLK parkway.

It's easy to forget that Cleveland was one of the first US cities to support its ethnic diversity, and that it did so in such a beautiful way. These gardens are worth a visit.
Written October 11, 2017
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Dori D
Cleveland, OH14 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
The gardens are truly breathtaking, unfortunately, they are surrounded by projects. I've never gotten out of my car to walk the gardens because it just isn't safe.
Written August 27, 2018
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Rosemary W
Seattle, WA1,567 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
These gardens are pleasant and interesting places to walk. You can park your car on East Blvd. and then walk across the street into the gardens. The area is shady, which makes it a nice place to walk on a warm day.

Each little area is devoted to a different nationality. Some of these are more elaborate and detailed than others, probably depending on the kind of funding and support that was available from the community. They are all interesting.

Be aware that there may be wet or muddy steps. There are plenty of places where there are different levels, and in many areas the paving stones are uneven and in need of rehabilitation, so you need to keep your eyes open and look at the ground often. I missed a step and fell, spraining my ankle and breaking my glasses. It was an unpleasant end to an otherwise pleasant walk.
Written September 21, 2017
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mrd0t
Philadelphia, PA9 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I frequently run through this park, and it's beautiful in the summer months. Each ethnicity that helped build the city is represented with a sculpture garden and flag, and there's a small lake and nice playground at the southern end. Don't forget to see the gardens on East Boulevard along the eastern edge of the park.
Written July 19, 2017
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WHMeg
Willoughby Hills, OH498 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Many people pass by some of the gardens every day as they drive down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But the gardens are also located on the street above, on East Boulevard. It's best to have a guide to take you through the gardens and explain the history of the many statues and monuments, but if that can't be arranged, do make sure to check out the website or a brochure so that you can understand why the gardens were created and how they are maintained. New gardens are being designed and some of the older gardens rehabilitated. Since volunteer care (and money!) is required, some of the gardens need considerable work to repair broken or stolen items. Nonetheless, other cultural groups have taken on the challenges and have begun to restore the memorials and grounds that need additional care. New lighting is being installed at the moment and I would expect other significant improvements in the years to come.
Written May 1, 2017
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