Founded in 1916, the magnificent Cleveland Cultural Gardens are one of Ohio's oldest treasures. The landscape gardens were built to represent the diversity and multiculturalism that makes up the city of Cleveland while promoting "peace through mutual understanding." The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are made up of over 30 dedicated gardens designed and cultivated to represent distinct cultural and nationality groups.
From philosophers and writers to scientists, composers, and peacemakers, the garden depicts people who have contributed to the cultures of the world. For example, you can find a bust of Mark Twain in the American Garden, Goethe in the German Garden; Yeats in the Irish Garden; Chopin in the Polish Garden; Dante in the Italian Garden; Tesla in the Serbian Garden, and many others. These gardens allow visitors the opportunity to relax, learn, and explore, and stroll or ride a bike while enjoying nature in beautiful surroundings.
What began with one garden has continued to grow. The first garden was the British Garden, planted in 1916, and more than a century later, the Lebanese Garden was the 32nd to be planted in 2019. Each includes native and specific flora and fauna from its respective regions.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens strive to be an important symbol of hope for international peace and cooperation, where the gardens and monuments of feuding nations peacefully exist side by side. Where else can you find a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a boulevard named after Martin Luther King, Jr.?
[Cover photo credit: Erik Drost under CC BY-NC 2.0]