What to See & Do

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Visiting Cleveland Botanical Garden is a captivating way to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to experience a rotating roster of seasonal activities or retread your favorite attractions, we’re excited to be your destination to learn, explore, and grow.

Current Exhibits & Events
Return of the Butterflies
Tue., Jul. 23 – Thu., Oct. 31 (Select dates)

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Return of the Butterflies

A visual treat with hundreds of newly emerged butterflies in Costa Rica biome. Join us for releases every day at 2pm, starting April 2nd.

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Artwork on Display

Artwork on Display

The Cleveland Botanical Garden features a number of gallery spaces displaying seasonally rotating artwork from local talent. Botanically-inspired pieces will give you inspiration for your own homes and workspaces.

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Summer Nights at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Summer Nights at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Thursday evenings, 5-9pm

Join us for live cooking demonstrations, local music performances, and endless summer blooms at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Enjoy discounted admission all summer long!

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Our Gardens

Whether you’re a budding plant-lover or a deep-rooted botanist, our beautiful campus has something for everyone—any time of year. Learn more about our grounds (and the evergreen enjoyment they provide) below.

Madagascar Glasshouse

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit “the eighth continent of the world” without leaving Greater Cleveland. We’re home to a world-class collection of exotic plants and animals, including iconic “upside-down” trees and a free-roaming chameleon.

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Costa Rica Glasshouse

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Experience the year-round exuberance you can only find in a Central American rain forest. Our towering tropical trees, ever-blooming shrubs, and rich vegetation lend a tropical retreat to your visit.

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Hershey Children’s Garden

Help your child disconnect from technology and discover the wonders of nature by searching for frogs and fish, observe a honeybee hive or play within an imaginative treehouse. As they explore plant and animal life, they’ll have a new appreciation for the environment.

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Gateway Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This 2-acre public plaza is a vibrant oasis full of ornamental trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials. The pronounced seasonal nature offers brilliant bulbs in spring, eye-popping annuals in summer, and showy fall foliage, berries, and bark textures. There’s even a waterfall and small pond.

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Perennial Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our ever-changing path indulges your senses with a collage of hues and textures, as well as plenty of take-home inspiration. One day you might spy a group of towering foxtail lilies, and a month later come across a hot pink crape myrtle—so visit often to see it all.

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Restorative Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Renew your senses among the trickling sounds of water, the soft touch of mosses and sedum, and the calming scents of lavender, mint, and geranium. This garden abounds with flowers, trees, and shrubs that will offer a soothing respite from the everyday.

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Inspiration Gardens

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Meander through this dedicated section of gardens to learn how you can incorporate beauty and utility into your own backyard. With a range of gardens appealing to wide swaths of interests, you’ll feel empowered to build the garden you’ve always wanted.

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Japanese Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Let your love of nature and a sense of culture draw you to this gem where every detail matters. Walk among a classic composition of rocks, clipped evergreen azaleas, and weathered beach stones and savor the peace and serenity.

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Geis Terrace

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Host all your get-togethers and garden parties on the welcoming Geis Terrace. It’s the perfect spot for an al fresco lunch with family, or happy hour with friends. Seasonal plantings provide an ever-changing atmosphere and feed delicious conversations.

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Rose Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the alluring sights and scents of roses. We house dozens of varieties, all carefully selected for their ornamental attributes and sweet-smelling fragrances. This garden comes complete with an octagonal pool, brilliant companion plantings, and inviting benches.

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Topiary Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Delight your imagination with these beautifully off-kilter plant forms. In every season, living evergreen and deciduous plant sculptures transport you to another world where anything goes—as long as it’s unexpected.

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Western Reserve Herb Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Explore over 3,500 plants in this formal knot layout. It’s sprinkled with themed sections like a trial and cutting garden, a collection of plants used for dyes, historic roses, culinary needs, and medicinal remedies, just to name a few.

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Woodland Garden

OpenOpen today: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Take refuge among towering trees, and enjoy a brief escape from our bustling city. You’ll be joined by butterflies, songbirds, and wild flowers as you explore our most informal and expansive retreat.

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Eleanor Squire Library

OpenOpen today: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sit back and relax in our cozy library! Learn more about the plants you saw during your visit or find garden inspiration in our collection of books and magazines. Our collection focuses on ecology, urban and general gardening, sustainability, food plants, and conservation. From the youngest explorers to the long-time gardener, everyone is welcome!

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