Every two years, the Cleveland Botanical Garden welcomes spring with a lavish showing of twenty specially-created gardens, expert lecturers and demonstrations, and a world-class horticulture and flower-arranging competition. This, the largest outdoor flower show in North America, is held over Memorial Day weekend. The 2013 dates are May 21 - 25.
What is the CBG Flower Show?:
The Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show is modeled after the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. The CBG Flower Show, the largest outdoor show in America, features all-new show gardens, an exhibit hall filled with floral art from all over the US, a bustling garden marketplace, and a variety of expert lecturers and demonstrations.
In addition to the ten acres of award-winning permanent collection gardens at the CBG, the twenty gardens at the 2007 show were set up around six theme gardens, which explored the show's "Rhytnm and Hue" theme; four temporary show gardens, designed by top are designers; non-profit gardens, which seek to educate viewers about conservation issues, respect for natural resources, and the bond between horticulture and the environment; and OLA Gardens, small gardens designed by members of the Ohio Landscapers' Association.
Special events in conjunction with the 2013 show included a magical preview party. In addition, there was a luncheon with top Dutch floral designer, Pim van den Akker, and a Dutch floral workshop.
Hours and Admission for the 2013 Show:
The Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show is open May 24 - 27 from 10am to 8pm and on Monday, May 28, from 10am to 5pm. Advance tickets are $12 for CBG members and $16 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $14 for CBG members, $20 for non-members, and $6 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. All-Show passes are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
Tickets are available via the CBG Web site or by calling 216 721-1600.
Three are lots are reserved for Flower Show patrons, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the show. In addition, there is on-site valet service for $15.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Hotels near the Cleveland Botanical Garden:
The Intercontinental Hotel (check rates), at the Cleveland Clinic, is less than a mile away from the Garden and offers elegant accommodations as well as a full range of services. Smaller and more intimate is the Glidden House (check rates), just around the corner. It's a charming bed and breakfast inn, created out of an historic mansion.
Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show Photo Gallery:
I had the good fortune to visit the 2007 Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show and came home with lots of pictures. Join me for a visit to the CBG Flower Show.