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Cleveland Botanical Garden Kicks Off the Summer Season with a Large-scale Outdoor Art Installation, Returning Popular Summer Events, and Blooming Gardens  

Thu., Jun. 2, 2022

(CLEVELAND) June 2022 – Celebrate summer at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in a big way with Rachel Hayes’ art installation of colorful textile pieces opening Saturday, June 25, 2022. Feast on delicious food and delectable cocktails with Gourmets in the Garden, channel your inner child in the Hershey Children’s Garden, learn something new by taking a class, and so much more. Make the most of the summer season! Purchase tickets at holdenfg.org. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., apart from Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

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Awake in Every Sense

This summer, in partnership with LAND studio, the Cleveland Botanical Garden will open Awake in Every Sense, the artwork of Rachel Hayes. Often using fabric to create large-scale work, Hayes is interested in inserting color and form into both built and natural environments. Graphic site-lines of color will be installed throughout the gardens to highlight interesting points, and long distances, and keep the eyes searching while walking through the various trees. The work may be gently swaying in the wind or catch a light dappling through the trees. Inspired by the greens and earth tones, the colors Rachel is using for this installation will reflect nature’s beautiful palette. Artist Rachel Hayes explains, “When I am with my work outdoors and notice these small moments of interaction, I become more present in the moment, and hope others have unique experiences as well, even if they are fleeting.”  

We are thrilled to be hosting Rachel’s artwork at the Cleveland Botanical Garden from Saturday, June 25th, to Sunday, September 18th. Her unique work has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Cut, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Artforum, among others.

What’s in Bloom?

Gorgeous spirea, Japanese snowbell, flowering dogwood, lilacs, roses, and so much more! Visit holdenfg.org to see what’s blooming each month. 

Summer nights at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Each Thursday from June 30th, through August 25th the garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the café, glasshouses, your favorite outdoor gardens, and special evening events listed below.  

Gourmets in the Garden will be on Thursday, June 30th, July 21st, August 25th, and September 15th from 6-7 p.m. on the Geis Terrace at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Guests are invited to enjoy sample bite-sized portions from their favorite chefs and learn how to make great dishes at home with delicious local ingredients. Advanced registration is required. 

Artwork

Amy Mothersbaugh 

Now through June 26th, enjoy Amy Mothersbaugh’s art exhibit ‘Alit’ in the Eppig Gallery. This exhibit is named ‘Alit,’ because to Amy Mothersbaugh, the butterflies and bugs signify hope, that when they land for just a moment ready to collect nectar and fly off again, they act with faith there will be another to alit upon as needed. Ten butterfly wreaths were specifically created to show at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Many of the butterflies in this art show are the same butterflies released into the Costa Rica biome. 

Artist Joe Dill’s work will be ondisplay from June 28th through August 7th. Gunter Schwegler’s work will be on display from June 20th through August 29th. Lastly, Elaine Hullihen’s artwork will be on display in the Perennial Playspace from June 28th through October 2nd.  

Fun for Kids All Summer Long

Ron and Lydia Harrington Perennial Playspace  

Using the plants and trees native to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Botanical Garden glasshouses as a jumping-off point, the new gallery celebrates the importance and variation of plants both locally and around the world. The gallery is hands-on, open-ended, multisensory, and multi-modal. While the target audience is families and groups with children, the whimsical yet organic aesthetics are inviting and sophisticated so that even adults can enjoy and appreciate the space. 

Hershey’s Children’s Garden

Spend part of your summer days in the Hershey Children’s Garden! Besides our water fountain, rock wall, treehouse, and water pumps we have some fun weekly activities planned this year. All summer we have a scavenger hunt, as well as a mystery gardener doing a pot a seed activity on select days. See the listed weekly activities below:  

Tuesdays:  Storytime: 11-11:30 a.m. Stories and crafts will follow a different theme each week.  

Wednesdays: Get Moving: 11-noon & 3-4 p.m.; Let’s get moving! Come to the garden and work the wiggles out in the morning and the needing-to-get-outside-in-the-afternoon blues.  

Select Thursdays: Garden Explorers: 11-noon; July 21st, & August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Bring your budding young scientist to this staff-led garden exploration. Children will practice observation skills and enjoy fun activities. Registration Required (Price included in general admission)  

Fridays: Senses in our Garden:  11-noon. & 3-4 p.m.; Come and use your senses in this staff lead tour of our garden and see what is interesting that week.  

Saturdays & Sundays: Kids Create:  1-2 p.m.; Join us for arts & crafts in the garden! Each month there will be a new theme of art activities for kids to enjoy. 

 June- Art with Plants 

July- Winter in July 

August-Lazy Days of Summer 

Saturdays and Sundays: Fun with Box Turtles: 3-4 p.m.; Visit with one of our Eastern Box Turtles as they come outside to play this summer.   

Classes

Roses in Watercolor  

Join us on Saturday, June 18th from 9:30 a.m. to noon to capture the beauty of roses in bloom using watercolor. Our classroom will be the Swetland Rose Garden, where you will be guided through the process step-by-step to create your own watercolor rose painting. Registration is required before June 10th. Registration Link  

Basics of Kombucha Brewing 

Join us on Thursday, June 30th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to explore the history and health benefits of drinking kombucha. There will be a taste-testing and a brewing demonstration so participants can make their own brew at home with a basic recipe. Participants will be provided with all the materials and information needed to successfully brew their own batch. Registration is required before June 19th. Registration Link  

Pruning Techniques in Japanese Gardening 

Join us on Wednesday, July 27th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to learn appropriate pruning techniques of plants often found in Japanese gardens such as Japanese Maples, Pines, and Yews. A portion of this class will take place in the classroom where participants will learn more about how and when to prune plants and the traditional shapes and forms of plants in Japanese gardens. Afterward, the class will move outdoors and into the Botanical Garden’s Japanese garden for a pruning demonstration. Registration Link  

About People for Trees™ 

Holden Forests & Gardens Launched People for Trees in early 2021 to aim to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for by 2025 throughout Northeast Ohio. One of the most significant things we can do to combat the effects of a changing climate right here in Northeast Ohio is to plant trees in backyards, at businesses, and neighborhoods. Make your pledge at holdenfg.org/people-for-trees and you will become a part of the regional movement to reverse the trend of tree loss in Northeast Ohio. To learn more, visit holdenfg.org. 

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 gardens 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. 

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