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'Big Spring' Brings Big Fun to Cleveland Botanical Garden

Say goodbye to your winter slumber and enter a fantastical world where brightly colored flowers tower above you and the ladybugs are larger than life. Cleveland Botanical Garden awakens your senses with the all-new “Big Spring,” a supersized indoor and outdoor celebration full of vibrant colors, fresh scents and lots of fun things for kids to do.

Big Spring debuts on Saturday, March 23, and continues through Sunday, April 28, at the Garden, 11030 East Boulevard. Special evening hours will be offered until 9 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and the Garden will extend its schedule to be open every Monday during Big Spring.

Kids will feel like Alice in Wonderland in this world of enormous flowers and big bugs.

Whether you’re young or young at heart, Big Spring brings sights, sounds and activities for everyone to enjoy. Outside, the Garden presents its biggest-ever display of spring blooms, featuring more than 30,000 in all — from red, white and purple “spangle” tulips to lavender alliums with volleyball-sized flower clusters atop them.

Inside, you and your little ones will find lots to do, such as:

  • Exploring the Ladybug Labyrinth hedge maze
  • Dressing up as insects at The Toadstool Theater
  • Having an imaginative celebration at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  • Planting seeds or a seedling in the Hershey Children’s Garden
  • Dancing with the Garden’s honeybee mascot
  • Cheering on your own mealworm at our indoor racetrack
  • Coming eye to eye with Garden critters

Big Spring also offers plenty of great ways to free yourself from cabin fever. On the Garden’s Geis Terrace, you can sail toy boats in the Pinewood Regatta and play a giant-sized game of chess or checkers. In the Hershey Children’s Garden, you can climb up the treehouse and splash in the pond. Throughout the Garden, you can take in all the vibrancy, bright colors and sensational scents that make spring such an amazing time at the Garden.

Big Spring is the second in the Garden’s new series of seasonal celebrations. The first — a holiday spectacular called Glow — set attendance records last year.

Big Spring runs Saturday, March 23, through Sunday, April 28. Hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm; Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Admission to Big Spring is free for Garden members and children under 3, $12 per non-member adult and $8 per non-member child (ages 3-12).

Grown-ups are invited to celebrate the dawning of Big Spring during Flower Power, an out-of-sight party from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, March 22. Bust out your bell bottoms or just wear your favorite spring colors and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and far-out live music. Admission to Flower Power is $60 per Garden member and $75 per non-member, and reservations can be made by calling 216.721.1600 ext. 100 or visiting cbgarden.org.

Also, as part of Big Spring, Hershey Children’s Garden opens for its 15th season on Saturday, March 23. That’s more than a week earlier than usual.

Cleveland Botanical Garden, located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, is an ever-changing urban escape where you’ll find enrichment and inspiration through fabulous gardens, an exotic Glasshouse and enchanting events. We make our community greener and healthier by growing young lives and restoring land throughout the city.

To learn more or to purchase your tickets, visit cbgarden.org or call 216.721.1600 ext. 100.


Big Spring is sponsored by Petitti Garden Centers. Cleveland Botanical Garden receives public support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom O'Konowitz, tokonowitz@cbgarden.org, 216.707.2818

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