GardenWalk comes to West Park

backyard flowersGardenWalk Cleveland is a free, self-guided tour of gardens, urban farms, vineyards and orchards in several neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio.  Tour at your own pace in any of the designated neighborhoods on Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2015 from 11am to 5pm.  You can dig deep in West Park and branch out to other neighborhoods for a larger adventure.  Do as little or as much as you want.

It’s West Park’s first time participating in GardenWalk Cleveland, so let’s show the region what beautiful gardens we have! If you are interested in showcasing your home flower garden, community garden, or urban farm, or would like to volunteer to help organize the event locally, please e-mail David Horneck at dhorneck1@gmail.com.

Special attractions so far in West Park include two private home gardens and two at the Cleveland Airport Marriott that AMP 150 employs in its creations.  There is still time for you to add your garden to the tour.

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Garden features/types available on the West Park tour already include features such as: arbors/pergola, chickens, native plants, shade garden, wheelchair or stroller accessibility, vegetable garden, water features, and a private meditation/park like garden.

Each neighborhood headquarters is where you will find car parking, bike parking, restrooms, water and maps. Free Garden Touring Guides and Master Gardeners of Northeast Ohio will be available to answer questions and provide information at our neighborhood headquarters, West Park Station at 17015 Lorain Avenue.  Participants are also eligible fo r a grand prize.

Although primary Cuyahoga County residents participate on the tour, GardenWalk Cleveland had visitors in years past from Lorain, Medina, Geauga, Lake, Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage, Ashland, Delaware, Richland, Franklin, Columbiana, Wood, and Trumbull counties.  Of course, in 2014 visitors also came from Buffalo and Rochester, New York, Smock, Pennsylvania, and from far away, Japan.

You can go as near as your smartphone to explore stories of featured gardeners on www.gardenwalkcleveland.org, take a walk around your neighborhood, register your garden, or travel as far as Larchmere (take the Rapid for ease) on Cleveland’s border with Shaker Heights.  Choose your own adventure July 11th and 12th, but don’t forget to smell the roses.

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