Berlin, OH - Events of August 3, 2016
August 3rd was our 48th wedding anniversary. We took a day trip to Cleveland to visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden to celebrate. We took somewhat of a cross-country route much of the way rather than taking the interstate so we were able to enjoy more rural scenery.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is a 10-acre garden that was founded in 1930. It is located a little less than 2 hours from Berlin on the eastern side of Cleveland next to Case Western University. Admission is $11 per person, and there is a $6 fee for parking.
We paid our admission and headed into the garden. Right outside the Visitor Center is a pond with a fountain and water lilies.
Cleveland Botanical Garden has numerous areas such as a Japanese garden, a woodland garden, a hosta garden, a rose garden and an idea garden with designs that could be adapted to your own back yard. Unfortunately, the only map available is the size of a half-sheet of paper, and numbers identifying the features on the map were so small we couldn't read them. As a result, we didn't always know the specific names of the areas we were seeing as we walked the garden paths. Therefore, rather than describe our tour of the garden area by area, we'll just show you the highlights of some of the things we saw.
The Hershey Children's Garden has lots of things that appeal to kids of all ages. There is a splash fountain, kid-sized structures to explore, a maze, a pond with goldfish and a tree house. There are also lots of daily children's activities.
The Hershey Children's Garden was one of the first such gardens in the country when it opened in 1999. The garden was designed with direct input from children, and a tree house topped their wish list. It is the centerpiece of the children's garden.
While in the Children's Garden, Paul got in touch with his inner child and pretended to ride a bronze frog like a bucking bronco.
In addition to the children's garden, there are also interactive activities for kids in the woodland garden. There were several groups of kids at the garden the day we were there from day care centers and/or day camps taking advantage of all the fun features for kids.
Cleveland Botanical Garden has the largest herb garden we have seen anywhere. There are different sections with medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, aromatic herbs, and herbs for dying fabrics with a total of over 3,500 plants.
On our way out of the garden, we stopped at the 18,000-square foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse that is attached to the Visitor Center. The glasshouse is divided into two sections - one featuring the spiny dessert of Madagascar and the other featuring a Costa Rican rain forest where you can walk through the jungle and watch hundreds of butterflies flitting about. There is a daily butterfly release at 2 p.m.
Butterflies weren't the only insects in the garden. There was a tree branch with a column of ants marching along carrying bits of leaves.
We enjoyed our visit to Cleveland Botanical Garden. The photo below shows just a few of the many flowers we saw.
Since it was our anniversary, since we had recently gotten a $10 discount coupon for Bahama Breeze that was going to expire soon, and since there was a Bahama Breeze on the eastern side of Cleveland not too far out of our way, we stopped there for lupper on our way back to Scenic Hills.
We had Firecracker Shrimp as an appetizer. Margery had almond encrusted talapia, and Paul had chicken with cilantro crema. We shared a Chocolate Island for dessert.
With our bellies full, we headed back to Berlin for an evening of TV.