CLEVELAND — GardenWalk Cleveland, a free, self-guided tour of private gardens, community gardens and home orchards in several of the city’s neighborhoods, kicks off this weekend in Cleveland.
The public is invited to explore the unique characteristics of Cleveland’s neighborhoods through gardens.
“It’s amazing what you can see when you walk through Cleveland,” said Garden Walk board member Kevin Borowiak. “You’d never know there was such beauty.”
The event runs Saturday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and each day different neighborhoods will showcase their best.
“For so long, people thought Cleveland was ‘eh.’ And now, we’re on the up and up finally,” Borowiak said. “To see that we have lush gardens in the city of Cleveland, in the neighborhoods, in the yards of our neighborhoods, I think is an incredible promotion.”
The Garden Walk was grafted from a similar event in Buffalo and has blossomed to more than 290 residential locations in nine different neighborhoods.
“It can bring tears to your eyes a little bit because you know how much work it is. To see people appreciate it, it’s a good feeling,” said David Horneck, who has been showing off his lush backyard for the last six years.
“Every summer, every spring, every fall. It’s hard to add up the hours,” Horneck said.
On Saturday, residents in Fairfax, Glenville, Old Brooklyn and West Park will show off their green thumbs.
On Sunday, the public can check out Broadway Slavic Village, Clifton-Baltic, Collinwood, Detroit Shoreway and Little Italy.
Visitors should look out for “GardenWalk Cleveland” signs in front yards and can use the showcase to learn a little something for themselves that they can take back home.
“The best thing a gardener can do to make their garden the best, do what they like.” Put your own personality into it, because it shows,” Horneck said.
Click here for more information and a map of the participating gardens and homes.
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