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GLOW is a go!

There was some uncertainty, but we now know that the Glow festival at Cleveland Botanical Garden will happen this year.  The Westlake Garden Club has again decorated a tree for the festival.  We hope you attend and enjoy the decorated trees, wreaths, table settings and gingerbread houses.

Things will be a little different from years past.  Here is some information on the show, taken from the CBG website, and how to order tickets.

Glow will feature plants that we use to celebrate the holiday season – whether conifer treespoinsettias and holly, the herbs we use in cooking, the fruits and vegetables we feast on. Our holiday traditions are filled with plants and trees and this year they will take center stage throughout the botanical garden’s holiday season  

Timed entry tickets can be reserved beginning this Saturday, November 7thPlease note that members must also pre-register. Registrations can be made up to three weeks in advance of your visit. Glow is a socially-distanced, one-way guided path through indoor and outdoor visual experiences with plenty of photo opportunities and self-guided engagement for all ages. Visitors will be inspired by botanical holiday décor on front doors, in table settings as well as on trees and wreaths decorated by members of more than 30 affiliate garden clubs. Stroll through the Glasshouse to spot the holiday gnome homes – how many can you find? Clark Hall features a beautifully decorated 16-foot tall live white fir (Abies concolor) and community decorated gingerbread houses – vote for your favorites! 

Glow Hours

Wednesday, 10 a.m - 6 p.m

Thursday - Saturday, 12 p.m - 8:30 p.m

Sunday, 12 p.m - 6 p.m

The Botanical Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for Dec. 21st, 22nd , 28th and 29th when Glow will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that these hours are subject to change. Please check for updated information.

The Botanical Garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Glow admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child age 3 to 12 (free for children 2 and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. Glow tickets are available online, at or by calling 216-721-1600, ext. 110. Advance reservations are required to control capacity for the safety of our members and guests The Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.  Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability.



Schoepfle Gardens in early June

Roger and I hiked at Schoepfle Gardens in early June and were delighted by the wonderful trees, flowers and shrubs in bloom.  The Rhododendrons were blooming profusely as well as the Irises.  It is such a lovely, peaceful park, especially around the pond.  We hiked a lower trail by the Vermilion River and an upper trail through the woods, ending with a snack by the pond.  Schoepfle Gardens is part of the Lorain County Metro Parks and is a short drive from the Westshore area.  It is well worth the drive, whether your first visit or returning again and again.  Click on the "Photo Galleries" tab, 2020 Scheopfle Gardens for more photos.

How We Spend Our Time

We are all doing our part to stall the spread of the COVID19 pandemic.  This is a time that we could not have imagined six months ago, when we cannot meet with our friends and family and are severely limited on going out of our homes.  We are seeing shortages of items at the grocery store and are trying to make do with what we have on hand.  People are working from home or not working at all.  Kids are not going to school but are being home-schooled by parents. And we cannot visit loved ones who are in the hospital or nursing homes.  Everyone is trying to keep busy and productive in different ways; trying new recipes, cleaning closets and drawers, reading, watching TV, walking around neighborhoods and parks, doing puzzles, and so much more. I am painting rocks, yes, you read that correctly.  I collected rocks at Huntington Beach, washed and sealed them, then painted them. I have joined an online group called Northeast Ohio Rocks.  The idea is to hide your painted rocks at parks or around your neighborhood, someone finds a rock, posts a photo of it on Northeast Ohio Rocks facebook page, and re-hides the rock for someone else to find.  I call it a painted rock chainletter.  I gave five of the more detailed rocks to neighbors with an uplifting note and have hidden others at several parks when we are hiking. It has been fun but I am starting to get a little bored with it so I have gone back to painting on canvas and have a work in progress.  It has been a fun distraction that anyone can do, no real talent needed.  Take a look at the facebook page to see more of what people all over the area are doing.  I too have been baking and cooking, cleaning and reading, and trying to stay healthy and safe.  I hope you are all healthy and safe and trying to stay busy in your own way.  I so look forward to the time when we can again get together and laugh and share stories, and maybe we will be a little kinder and more tolerant than we were before this pandemic. Stay well my friends.


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