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“A beautiful garden in the middle of the city.”

Gardenview Horticultural Park
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Garden view, a nurture center in the center of the city, must see to believe. Started by one man decades ago and still a running nature center with beautiful flowers and trees.

Thank Barb S
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

I had read about this site in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and was curious. It's one of those places that is invisible even though it's in front of your face. The entrance is very hard to find, but trust your GPS - it's there. The main attraction is realizing that it was one individual that built this place up starting in 1949 without any funding. Even now it's all about volunteers helping out.

The garden itself can be toured in 1/2 hour unless you want to sit on the various benches to contemplate nature in the middle of a bustling commercial zone (a new Giant Eagle Market District is 30 seconds away). The current challenge is that deer on the premises have been destroying some plants and trees - forget about seeing any Hosta plants . But, it's worth going to at least once. If you want to be part of the upkeep and improvement crew, I imagine your time will be welcome, as would any donation to a nascent endowment fund.

Thank Paul-A-C-62
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Reviewed 24 January 2015

WOW had no idea this place was here. such a hidden jewel and excellent for getting local resources on plants and such

Thank Jamie H
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

I hadn’t been to Gardenview in a few years and went the other day with my mother, husband, and fourteen year old son. I was saddened to hear that the primary caretaker, since 1949, had died at the beginning of this year. The other caretaker, who has been working there for 18 years, is still toiling over the property. It is true that there is a lot of work to be done, but if enough people looked beyond the weeds and deteriorated statues, the park could get well deserved and well needed donations to get more people to help with the upkeep. Perhaps even local colleges would find it beneficial to send students interested in horticulture to volunteer as interns. Anyone who lives in Strongsville knows the constant hustle and bustle of the city. Yet, within that city of traffic, construction, and people on their cell phones everywhere you look, there is a place of serenity right nearby. If there is any negativity to be gained from this experience, it’s the thought of Gardenview ceasing to exist because not enough people care enough to help continue what one man started. Henry Ross had a vision and made Gardenview a reality, and he did it on his own terms and in his own way. I think anyone who has a love for flowers, gardens, nature, and peace should visit and then donate a small contribution as well. Despite much work to be done, my family and I were still able to appreciate the “oasis of beauty” that Henry Ross took his whole life to create and maintain. Watching his memorial video on Gardenview’s website gives a remarkable look at the past and present of Gardenview and the story behind the man who started it all. However, even if I didn’t watch the video, it is evident, after visiting Gardenview, that the beautiful gardens that have blossomed and thrived within its walls are due to the eternally beautiful soul of Henry Ross.

4  Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

The gardens may have been a lovely place to visit in the past but the owner died in early 2014 and they have sadly deteriorated. Any large garden is a lot of work to tend and it appears that this garden is woefully understaffed in order to maintain it in a condition that is commensurate with charging addition. The greenhouses are littered and in disrepair, the worksites are messy, pathways are not conducive to strollers for small children, and weeds abound. With fabulous alternatives available (Cleveland Botanical gardens, Quailcrest, Kingwood etc) I would not want to take an out of town visitor to see Gardenview and give them a negative experience. Let's hope that the new overseers invest time and money in the garden to restore it to its former glory before it's too late to recover its reputation.

Thank Dawn M
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