(CLEVELAND) September 7, 2023 – Fall is almost here, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden will be all decked out with special autumn pumpkins, plant displays and colorful fall foliage. The official start of the fall season is Saturday, September 23rd. The Botanical Garden has fun fall activities for all ages throughout September and October including unique classes, the family-friendly Bootanical Bash event, specialty garden shows, and so much more. Purchase tickets at holdenfg.org.
FALL COLOR WATCH
Each week Holden will spotlight which trees are changing at the Botanical Garden and throughout Northeast Ohio and when they are showing off their fall colors. Visit holdenfg.org for Color Watch updates.
EVENTS & EXPERIENCES FOR DATE NIGHTS & THE WHOLE FAMILY
CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN GETS DRESSED UP FOR FALL
Beginning Saturday, September 23rd, pumpkins, pansies, cabbage, cornstalks, kale, mums and so much more transform the outdoor gardens into a fall wonderland. Beautiful fall displays will be showcased throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens at the Botanical Garden. Be sure not to miss this time of year at the garden for a festive photo opportunity or simply an opportunity to experience fall flora in all its splendor.
LEAF DISCOVERY TRAIL
This October, appreciate the beauty of fall color by learning about leaf and tree identification at the Botanical Garden! Pick up a brochure when you arrive and follow the Leaf Trail, a leaf identification activity that teaches you how to identify the trees around you, as well as 10 deciduous trees, including sugar maple, pawpaw, and river birch, marked with numbered tags on the grounds.
Join us on Sunday Oct. 22nd from noon – 5 p.m. for a celebration of scarecrows and skeletons at the annual Bootanical Bash event. Little wizards and witches will meander their way from the seasonally decorated Terrace to the Hershey Children’s Garden gathering treats along the way. Ghoulish games and activities will await them on White Oak Walk. Your kiddos can plan to dance their hearts out to the always fun DJing sounds of Kris Koch. Registration required. Tickets are $28 per nonmember child, $28 per nonmember adult, $8 per member adult and $12 per member child.
FALL GARDEN SHOWS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
THE WESTERN RESERVE HERB SOCIETY HERB FAIR
Join us on Saturday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 76th Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Check out the amazing selection of hand-crafted herbal items including herbal blends, jams and jellies, herbal teas, wreaths, pressed flower note cards, potpourri, baked goods, and our creative recycling finds. Included with admission.
“NATURE REIMAGED” BY CHARLOTTE LEES
On display from September 12th through October 29th, local artist Charlottee Lees uses wood carvings, paint and other natural materials to showcase the relationship between man and his environment. See her work on display in the Perennial Playspace.
Now through October 29th, view highlights from our volunteer photographers in Eppig Gallery. Volunteer Visions, celebrates the beauty and variety of the garden spaces on our campuses and represent our artists’ hope for a more plant and tree-filled future. As you view the exhibit, you can also vote for your favorite photos. Winning selections will be turned into postcards and made available for purchase in our stores, with all proceeds going to support the work of Holden Forests & Gardens People for Trees initiative.
- Gardening to Save the World: Learn how to increase the sustainability of your gardening practices! Join us on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 a.m. – noon for a class that will challenge traditional gardening practices, introduce sustainable ways to improve your landscape, and provide tips for making your home and garden a refuge for native plants, animals, and you! Share your own ideas and success stories and leave empowered to make a difference. Price includes materials for cold sowing native plant seeds. Registration required. Cost is $25 per member and $40 per nonmember.
- Right Tree, Right Place: Learn the basics of selecting and planting a tree on your property. On Saturday, September 30th from 10:30 a.m. – noon, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from our expert Urban Community Forestry staff. This interactive class will cover the details of what to consider before planting a tree, how to select the perfect tree, when to plant trees in our region, and how to care for newly-planted trees as they grow. Perfect for homeowners, grounds managers, and contractors, this class will empower you to beautify your community while benefiting the planet. Registration required. Cost is $10 per member and $25 per nonmember.
- Botanical Painting & Drawing: On Tuesdays starting October 3rd through 31st from 2-4:30 p.m., learn composition skills and techniques of botanical art including line, form, shading techniques, and layering. Registration required. Cost is $110 per member and $150 per nonmember.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Botanical Garden is closed on Mondays. Admission is $20 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for Holden Forests & Gardens members.
About Holden Forests & Gardens
Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. One of the largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has over 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of over 350,000 for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit holdenfg.org.