September 19, 2016

Exploring the Cleveland Botanical Garden

This Summer we took a day trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden and I can't rave enough about the beauty of this place, especially for the inexpensive price tag to get in and explore.

Conveniently located close to The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a year round facility that is open Tuesday through Sunday with plenty of areas to make your way through.

There are 11 garden areas and an indoor glasshouse with 2 areas to walk through. We started indoors at The Eleanor Armstrong Glasshouse in the desert area that is home to a chameleon and several other reptiles and plants. If you love greenery and exotic plants, this is the place for you. You can get an up close and personal view of so many amazing things.

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Moving on to the rainforest area was super exciting because this was the part of the visit I was most looking forward to. Butterflies are released daily and they float everywhere around you. Talk about beauty...I did not want to leave. There was one particular blue butterfly that was so cool and the only unfortunate part about this area is the fact that it's difficult to capture a good picture of them because they flutter away too fast.

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Next we made our way outside to check out the many garden areas. One of the main reasons for our trip was to see the Branch Out display. Six magical treehouses were created this past Summer at the Gardens each representing a different theme encouraging interaction, creativity and fun.

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While all of them were incredibly interesting, my favorite one was Seasons. Seasons was like a library in the woods, set right from the scene of a good book. The reading room had tiny individual shelves built in the wall with books you could read.

Another treehouse, the Light House was right by this one with yellow, blue and red colored windows so that you could experience nature in unique colors. There was a little book stop set up with a free library. They encouraged you to take a book, sit down and relax then return the book to the stop when you were done.

Along the way we stopped at the Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Gardens and were immediately cooled down on this hot day. The area provided some shaded areas along with a reflecting pool and some lavender and mint to smell also. There was a large wall with plants in interesting places and some cascading water. We sat and relaxed for a while in this area, and I was instantly relaxed,  and could have probably stayed in this one area all day.

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Call me a kid at heart, but The Hershey Children's Garden was the coolest place I have ever seen to something in this degree. Between all the bright colors, the quirky oversized decor and the cool tree houses, I felt like I was in a fairy garden or some amazing children's book.

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I was amazed at all the cute areas they had for children as far as houses to explore, gazebos to sit in and tree houses with aerial views to relax in. Ethan even laid down in the treehouse for a little break to look up at the sky, too cool!

They were offering a great tree climbing activity with ropes and guides that Ethan was able to enjoy. It was a nice bonus and something else for the children to do, and all of the workers were so nice and helpful which was great.

I was pleasantly surprised with how inexpensive it is to visit, considering all the areas there are to enjoy. Tickets were $11 for adults and $6 for children 3-12. Anyone under age 3 is free. For more information about the Cleveland Botanical Garden there is plenty of information on their website.

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