Spring has sprung in the Midwest
Spring has sprung in Ohio. Tulips are blooming, and daffodils are peeking their yellow heads around every corner. Take advantage of the thawing landscape and warmer temperatures, and visit one of Ohio’s bountiful indoor and outdoor gardens.
Schoepfle Garden, Birmingham
Flowering arrays mark the Schoepfle Garden in the little hamlet of Birmingham. With more than 70 acres of manicured gardens, this Lorain County Metro Park is divided into four distinct sections: the Formal Garden, Shade Garden, Natural Woodland and Children’s Schoepfle Garden. Take time to stroll through the garden’s newest and most unique interactive section, the children’s garden. Climb the Flute-A-Pillar, take a spin on the carousel or ascend the Rocky “G” Clef. Located on Market St., the garden is open daily from April through October. To learn more, visit metroparks.cc/schoepfle_garden.php.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus
A trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens involves more than a 15-minute walk through the park. With both indoor and outdoor gardens, numerous exhibitions and many noteworthy art displays, Franklin Park is a season-changing adventure every member of the family will enjoy. Be sure to visit the Rainforest, Desert and Himalayan Mountain Biomes for a glimpse into life around the world. Located in the Franklin Park neighborhood of Columbus, the conservatory is open daily. Visit http://www.fpconservatory.org
for more information.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati
This view changes each year as the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens updates its landscape of annual flower displays. With an arrangement of more than 3,000 different types of plants, the zoo offers one of the most expansive botanical gardens in the area. Unique to the zoo is a Food Garden, which showcases a number of fruits and vegetables, served on-site in the zoo’s eating establishments. Visit cincinnatizoo.org to learn more.
Gardenview Horticultural Park, Strongsville
Developed by one man with a wheelbarrow, Gardenview Horticultural Park is a marvel among a modern maze of retail establishments. In 1949, Henry Ross, a local man with a vision, purchased 16 acres of barren and unusable land. Slowly, he added unusual and vibrant plants, turning the empty fields into one of the most spectacular displays in Ohio. Located on Pearl Road in Strongsville, the park is open to the public from April through October. To learn more, visit organicslant.com/gvhp.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland
The Cleveland Botanical Gardens serve the Cleveland area by providing a year-round haven of indoor and outdoor gardens in the University Circle neighborhood. In addition to serving the community with educational experiences, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens is also the home to the Green Corps, a nonprofit organization that helps urban youth learn and work in six urban food farms located on deserted city lots throughout the Cleveland area. Visit http://www.cbgarden.org
to learn more about the gardens or the Green Corps program.
The budding Ohio landscape comes alive with color and flora in the spring months. Take advantage of the warmer weather and relish the beauty, artistry and elegance of Ohio’s spring.