Fairy Doors at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Holden hosts first exhibit across the botanical garden and arboretum campuses Fairy Doors: Magical Garden Gateways

The fairies are returning to the forests and gardens of Northeast Ohio – this time to both the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum – and beginning Friday, July 9th children of all ages can see for themselves!  The Holden team worked with 22 regional artists to create woodland and garden creations for elusive fairies who chose the botanical garden and the arboretum as their summer home. The word is out in fairy world – Greater Cleveland is a great place to live, especially in the summer!

More than 50 handcrafted Fairy Doors and several fairy-inspired interactive exhibits created by artists invite guests to explore deep into the forests and gardens. The exhibit will be open through Sunday, August 29, 2021.

There is magic in the natural world, crafted by the unique qualities, forms, and structures of plants, the secretive and protective nooks and crannies between roots and branches, and the wild, miniature worlds found when we look closely in nature.  Fairies are drawn to this magic, though, good luck spotting them! Fairies are notoriously swift and sneaky. Look closely and search for fairy doors and other enchanting encounters as you explore our forests and gardens.

Fairy Doors is sponsored by Lake County Visitor’s Bureau.

Here’s how to experience the fairies:

Hunt on your own! Request a map when you check in at the botanical garden and/or the arboretum and use it as you make your way through the trails. See how many you can find as you look high and low in gardens filled with flowers and along woodland trails.

Attend a Class. Extend the magic of your Fairy Doors experience by registering for a schedule program. Create a fairy garden of your own in July & August at our Arboretum campus & join us at the Botanical Gardens in August for an annual favorite, Fairy Tea. Visit holdenfg.org to register and for more information.

The gardens that will be featured (with corresponding artist):

At the Cleveland Botanical Garden:

Geis Terrace and Allee – Anthony Andreoli

Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden – Gwendolyn Garth

Hershey Children’s Garden – Bette and Robb Durr

White Oak Walk – Haley Himiko Hudson Morris

Inspiration Gardens – Leslie Edwards Humez

Rain Garden – Owen Lowery

Woodland Garden – Shannon Timura

Japanese Garden – Bianca Breed

At the Holden Arboretum

Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden – Tracey Gardner

Display Garden – Riley Mankin

Blueberry Pond Trail – Matthew Albright

Ponderosa Pines – Jane, Lynne & Coletta Baeslach

Cedar Grove – Holden Forests & Gardens Horticulture staff

Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden – Jimm & Janine Poleman

Elliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden – Hap Howle

Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden – Ian Petroni

Layer Rhododendron Garden at the Guardian of the Garden  – Story Lee Rhinehart & Robin van Lear

Holden Grove – Peter Debelak

Fordham Island along Corning Loop Trail – Cat Swartz

Whitney Memorial – Higo Gabarron

The exhibit is included with general admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum. Admission cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children three to 12 years old and free for children 2 and under. Please note: to enjoy the experience at each location, separate tickets will need to be purchased.

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