The Cleveland Botanical Gardens

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens is located east of downtown Cleveland in the heart of University Circle. It is just one of the treasures you will find located there, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, which is always free, the Cleveland History Center, and the Natural History Center.



The glasshouse located at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens is split into two biomes, the Madagascar Spiny Desert and the Costa Rican Cloud Forest.   Each biome creates the coordinating environment.  Offering experiences as if you were actually visiting each country.

Madagascar Glasshouse | Photo: D. Rock MyOhioFun

Madagascar Glasshouse

The Madagascar exhibit includes exotic and endangered plants, 5 bird species, animals including a free-roaming chameleon and tortoises, plus “upside-down” trees.

Costa Rica Glasshouse

Tropical trees, ever-blooming shrubs, 5 bird species, and approximately 50 species of butterflies call the glasshouse home throughout the year.


Japanese Garden

Your going to want to spend time enjoying this garden. “Serenity” is used to describe this garden.  The garden was designed by David Slawson, who trained under one of Japan’s renowned garden masters, Kinsaku Nakane.

Other Gardens include:

Perennial Garden- Throughout the growing season, you will be treated to both the usual and unusual perennials. A great place to find your favorite perennial to plant at home.

Rose Garden – Dozen of varieties are on display during the height of the season.

Topiary Garden

Herb Garden – Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Herb Garden

Woodland Garden

Restorative Garden

Hershey Children’s Garden | Photo credit: Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Hershey Children’s Garden – A garden that is just perfect for exploring little ones.

Inspiration Garden

Kitchen Garden



ADDRESS:11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

TELE: 216-721-1600


2022 ADMISSION: non-members
Adults: $16
Children (3 – 12 years old): $12
Children (2 and under): Free

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Open rain or shine.

PARKING: The gardens has its own indoor parking garage. The garage is open 7am-7pm. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes. After that the cost will be determined by the number of hours. Metered parking is available around University Circle.



Cleveland Museum of Art
Baseball Heritage Museum
Cleveland History Center
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Dittrick Medical History Center & Museum
Dunham Tavern Museum
MOCA Cleveland – Museum of Contemporary Art
Lakeview Cemetery – James A. Garfield Memorial


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Diane Rock is the owner and editor of and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.

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