Cleveland Cultural Gardens

5 gardens to visit near campus

As daffodils bloom across the Case Western Reserve University campus and birdsong fills the air, one need not look far for signs of spring. The season welcomes countless reasons to enjoy the outdoors, and for many, gardening ranks high on the list.  

Whether you have a green thumb already or are hoping for some horticultural talent to take root, Cleveland’s many public gardens offer the perfect opportunity to be inspired or simply clear your head. Today, National Gardening Day (April 14), The Daily is celebrating the beauty of flowers and other greenery with some suggestions of gardens our community can visit.

Consider exploring one of these five gardens near campus and throughout Cleveland.

Fine Arts Garden

Just a short walk from campus, you can take in picturesque views of Wade Lagoon at the Fine Arts Garden. You can also explore the Zodiac Garden, where you’ll find twelve stone statues representing each astrological sign, a single-tier water fountain and sandstone walking paths to the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Travel around the globe without leaving the city when you visit the Cleveland Cultural Gardens located in Rockefeller Park. Take a leisurely stroll as you view unique sculptures, plant species and other one-of-a-kind features of the established garden sites representing various countries from the United States and China to Hungary and Italy. 


Add service hours to your resume by volunteering at the university’s community garden. Produce grown by the garden helps support local food banks—such as Hunger Network and Frontline Service—throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse and Botanical Garden

See tulips, hydrangeas and other colorful flowers at the park’s Spring Bulb Display from now through Friday, April 21. Or, engage your senses at the Betty Ott Talking Garden or any of the other specialty gardens and displays offered. 

Lake View Cemetery

If you’re searching for an unconventional garden to visit, stop by Lake View Cemetery in University Circle. Whether you wish to experience Daffodil Hill in full bloom, take a self-guided tour, or attend an upcoming event, there’s much to see and do throughout the year.