In bloom: Take a floral adventure around Cleveland

As the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring, Cleveland transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colors—thanks to the blooming flowers that dot its parks, gardens and urban landscapes.

Spring begins today (March 19) and Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff have a plethora of options to witness the beauty of spring flowers around the city—whether it’s a peaceful stroll through a botanical garden or a visit to a historic cemetery.

Check out some of our recommendations for where to see spring blooms around the city. 

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Nestled in University Circle, Cleveland Botanical Garden is a haven of beauty and tranquility. As the seasons change, the outdoor gardens burst into a riot of colors with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Stroll through the Japanese Garden, where cherry blossoms create a picturesque scene, or explore the Hershey Children’s Garden, where vibrant flowers delight visitors of all ages.

Lake View Cemetery

Venture a bit east of campus to Lake View Cemetery, a serene and historic final resting place that also boasts a stunning display of spring blooms. Magnolias, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and flowering trees create a peaceful atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for a walk. The Wade Memorial Chapel and the Garfield Monument offer both cultural and natural beauty, making it a unique destination for a spring outing.

Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks offers plenty of options across Northeast Ohio for flower enthusiasts. Head to the Rocky River Reservation, where the Valley Parkway becomes a picturesque route lined with cherry blossoms in the spring. Wade into the Strongsville Reservation, where fields overflow with native wildflowers. Or, visit Brookside Reservation—home to more than 100 Yoshino cherry trees, planted in neat lines near the entrance off Ridge Road. The trees at Brookside Reservation were a gift from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio in the mid-1990s and have been delighting visitors ever since.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Embrace the city’s rich cultural heritage by exploring the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, just a few minutes from Case Western Reserve, where 33 distinct gardens represent different ethnic communities. As spring unfolds, the gardens come alive with a kaleidoscope of blossoms. Stroll through the Italian, African American, Korean or Hebrew gardens, among others, and discover the unique beauty each one has to offer.

Cleveland Public Square

Right in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Public Square transforms into a floral oasis during spring. Tulips and daffodils blanket the square, providing a vibrant contrast to the urban landscape. Take a break from the academic hustle, grab a coffee, and enjoy the beauty of spring in this central hub of the city.

Wade Lagoon 

Just feet away from campus, Wade Lagoon turns into a captivating display of springtime beauty. Framed by iconic institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall, the lagoon becomes a haven for cherry blossoms, tulips and daffodils. Keep an eye on University Circle’s Spring Bloom Tracker to time a visit to see Wade Lagoon in all its glory.