Looking Ahead to 2021

An entire year has now passed with the Westlake Garden Club unable to meet.  We all have missed the educational and inspiring programs of past years, and most of all, have missed the socializing with each other.  During 2020, we elected a new Board and tried to stay connected with members by our newsletter, Garden Scoop, a Zoom meeting and phone calls. With so much uncertainty going into 2021, we have not planned programs and events.  We will have Zoom Board meetings and, hopefully, at least one Zoom meeting/program with the membership during the first quarter.  This is a trying time for everyone and we know that other clubs and organizations are experiencing the same thing. We appreciate our members and are so happy that they are sticking with us, even though we cannot have normal meetings and programs.  The new year is a year of hope; hope that the vaccine will start slowing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. And hope that things will start to open up by the second quarter.  We are all in this together and we will, together, get through it.  Please reach out to your fellow club members with a card or a phone call to say hello, how are you.  Until we can once again meet in person, please take care, stay safe and stay well.



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 cbgarden.org 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 cbgarden.org 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.


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