More than 200 gardens will be on display for GardenWalk Cleveland: photos

June 28, 2018 GMT

More than 200 gardens will be on display for GardenWalk Cleveland: photos

CLEVELAND, Ohio – From a lakefront landscape blooming with daylilies to a garden filled with environment-minded native plants, local urban flower and vegetable growers are once again ready to show off their green thumbs and share ideas.

GardenWalk Cleveland happens Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. Neighborhoods inviting the public to come out and take a peek include West Park, Slavic Village/Broadway, Detroit-Shoreway, North Collinwood, and, debuting this year, Little Italy. Two hundred and fifteen gardens are ready to be enjoyed.

The free, self-guided tour of residential and commercial landscapes always has been a two-day event, with all of the gardens open both days, but this year the arrangement is different.

Organizers decided to feature a few neighborhoods one day, and others the next. Saturday, gardens are open in West Park and Detroit-Shoreway. On Sunday, it’s Slavic Village, North Collinwood and Little Italy.

“Gardeners were stuck in their own gardens for both days and never got to see any of the other gardens,” said Jan Kious, who, with Bobbi Reichtell, founded GardenWalk Cleveland in 2011. “So this year they will have a free day.”

David Horneck is the Garden Finder for West Park, where there will be 24 gardens in bloom, and a tour participant.

“There is a gardener here who hybridizes their own daylilies,” Horneck said. “We also have gardeners who raise chickens and bees. People have a lot of pride in what they do, and it becomes contagious. People come back and say they tried something that they admired about your landscape. It’s all about sharing ideas. It’s all about community.”

Teri Dew is the Garden Finder for North Collinwood, a neighborhood that joined GardenWalk Cleveland in 2017.

“I expected to sit in my back yard and read a book for two days, but as it turns out, I never sat down,” she remembers. “So that was phenomenal. I think once we have a history, more homeowners here will jump on the bandwagon,” she added, noting that North Collinwood has 30 gardens on board.

Here’s a sampling of what tour-goers will see:

Slavic Village/Broadway, Fleet Bike Shop on Fleet Avenue - a secluded backyard desert oasis, with cacti, winding walkways, vegetables and plantings accenting an above-ground pool.

Detroit Shoreway on Franklin Boulevard - a front rain garden leads to the side yard, transitioning from native plants to fruit trees and brambles. The backyard is centered around a kids’ “treehouse” arbor.

Little Italy – garden features a grape arbor and fig tree planted by the owner’s grandfather, along with annual and perennial flowers, and a topiary bush.

North Collinwood – a lakefront garden with more than 150 daylily plants, water features and a shade garden.

West Park – A 20-year-old daylily hybridizing garden with a pergola and garden art.

Some gardens will double as refreshments stations, with cold drinks and light snacks, and where you can buy a ticket or tickets to win a wheelbarrow filled with garden-related items valued at more than $500.

If you go

What: GardenWalk Cleveland 2018, featuring 215 gardens in five neighborhoods

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8

Neighborhood days: West Park and Detroit Shoreway on Saturday; Slavic Village, North Collinwood and Little Italy on Sunday.

Website: gardenwalkcleveland.org, for garden addresses, descriptions, maps, parking information and more. Tour guides will be available at Dave’s Supermarket stores starting July 1.