(CLEVELAND) September 20, 2022 – Fall is almost here, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden will be all decked out in fall color with blooms below and towering colorful trees above. The official start of the fall season is Thursday, September 22nd. The botanical garden has fun fall activities for all ages throughout September and October. Join us for unique classes, the family friendly Bootanical Bash event, specialty garden shows, the new Rainy Day Mud Club and so much more. Make it a season to remember! Purchase tickets at holdenfg.org.
Fall Color Watch
Each week Holden will spotlight which trees are changing and when they are showing off their fall colors. Visit holdenfg.org for Color Watch Updates.
Events & Experiences for Date Nights and The Whole Family
Cleveland Botanical Garden Gets Dressed Up for Fall
Pumpkins, pansies, cabbage, cornstalks, kale, mum and so much more transform the outdoor gardens into a fall wonderland. Fall horticultural displays will be showcased throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens at the Botanical Garden. Perfect for a festive photo opportunity or simply an opportunity to experience fall flora in all its splendor. Bring family and friends to experience the beauty of fall as only the botanical gardens can deliver.
Leaf Discovery Trail
Starting on the first day of fall, Thursday, September 22nd, learn to appreciate the beauty of fall color by learning about leaf and tree identification at the Botanical Garden! Pick up a brochure and follow the Leaf Trail, an autumn leaf identification activity that teaches you how to identify the trees around you, as well as the 10 deciduous trees, including sugar maple, pawpaw, and river birch, marked with numbered tags on the grounds.
New! Rainy Day Mud Club
Starting Friday, September 23rd, spend your rainy days at the Cleveland Botanical Garden to become an official member of this not-very-exclusive club. When you visit on a rainy day, you will receive a Rainy-Day Mud Club membership punch card, and with each returning visit, you’ll get one step closer to earning a great prize. Using our self-guided Rainy-Day activities, it’s sure to bring out the kid in all of us. Some of the activities include Puddle Parties, Dancing in the Rain, Sounds of Rain, Wacky Umbrella Contest, and more!
Join us on Sunday, October 16th from 12-5 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden for our annual Bootanical Bash event. This family-friendly event will take place inside the Hershey Children’s Garden and White Oak Walk. Enjoy a creepy creature feature, spooky stories, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, goblin games in the garden, a dance party, and more! Tickets to this one-day event are $8 for Member Adults, $12 for Member Children, $23 for Non-Member Adults and $22 for Non-Member Children. We hope you will come to celebrate Halloween and the fall season with your friends at Holden Forests & Gardens!
Fall Garden Shows You Don’t Want to Miss
40th Anniversary of Ikebana Flower Show
On Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., see the extraordinarily simple beauty of Ikebana – the art of Japanese flower arranging up close. The Ohara School -Northern Ohio Chapter will put their fresh artwork on display for two days only in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Headmaster Hiroki Ohara, assisted by Professor Nishi, will teach two workshops for members of the Ohara School at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Upon completion of the workshops, you can see the wonder of Ikebana in the Ellipse at the Garden. Included with the price of admission.
The Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
Join us on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 75th 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.
New Growth Art Show
Now through Sunday, September 25th, Cleveland artist and sculptor Charmaine Spencer showcases her work of towering wall displays created from natural materials including driftwood, red clay, reed grass, hemp thread and soil in “New Growth,” now on display in the Eppig Gallery. Spencer has won awards throughout her tenure at CIA, graduating in 2005, and moving on to produce public and private commissions, directing her own studio and holding workshops for adults and young students.
People for Trees: Volunteer Visions
From September 28th through November 6th, the artistry from Holden Forests & Gardens Volunteer photographs will be on display in the Eppig Gallery. The photos represent their hope for a more tree-filled future, and all were taken on our Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum campuses. As you enjoy the exhibit, you can also vote for your favorite photos. Winning selections will be turned into postcards and made available for purchase next year with all proceeds going to support the work of People for Trees.
Learn More about Taking Care of Plants and Trees in Our Backyard
- Botanical Garden Book Club- Join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to discuss books that open a window to the great outdoors! It’s free with admission and open to anyone who has read the book, but please register in advance for the session you will be attending. Please leave small children at home, but older ones with interest in the topic may attend, especially if they’ve read the book with you. Didn’t quite finish the book? If you don’t mind spoilers, come anyways and discuss the bits you got to. Our upcoming titles include: In Defense of Plants by Matt Candeias and This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan. Free with general admission. Registration required.
- What’s Wrong with my Tree?- Join us on October 1st from 12-2 p.m. with Andrew “Andy” Pratt, Director of Gardens & Glasshouses, and certified arborist as he shares how to keep your trees healthy – young and old! Topics will include identifying basic tree diseases, tree pests and defects, healthcare, and abiotic versus biotic stressors of trees. Please bring samples/photographs of a tree under duress for discussion/diagnosis! Cost: $20 per member, $35 per nonmember. Registration required.
- Botanical Paintings & Drawings- On Tuesdays starting October 4th through November from 2-4:30 p.m., learn composition skills and techniques of botanical art including line, form, shading techniques, and layering using inspiration from the natural world with instructor Susan Gray Bé. This class welcomes all levels of experience and mediums. Cost: $135 per member, $175 per nonmember. Registration required.
- Plants at War- Join us on November 12th from 1-2 p.m. to learn something new about our connection to common native and garden plants. It may surprise you to learn that botany and horticulture played an important role in both World War I and World War II. From victory gardens to milkweed drives, this indoor presentation will examine how plants have helped us mobilize for victory, heal the sick, and spread a message of peace. Cost: $10 per member, $25 per nonmember. Registration required.
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 a tree in backyards, at businesses and in 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 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.