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Cleveland Botanical Garden Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Glasshouse with Free Admission

When the iconic Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse opened its doors on July 15, 2003, Cleveland Botanical Garden transformed into a true destination experience for Northeast Ohioans to enjoy all year long. More than 1 million people have found beauty, inspiration and magical moments in the Glasshouse; and the Garden is commemorating its 10th anniversary in a big way.

All are invited to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the Garden. Highlights include:

• Free admission to the Garden and Glasshouse for everyone
• Meet and greet Glasshouse horticulturists and animal-care staff all day
• Creature Features at 1 and 3 pm
• Butterfly Releases at 2 and 4 pm

Designed by famed architect Graham Gund, the Glasshouse spans 18,000 square feet and is made up of 3,400 pieces of glass and 738,000 pounds of steel. It’s one of the only conservatories in the country to feature two distinct biomes under one roof —the rainforest of Costa Rica and the spiny desert of Madagascar.

In addition to hundreds of species of rare and exotic plants, the Glasshouse is home to a collection of creatures from leaf-cutter ants and radiated tortoises to brightly colored birds and hundreds of butterflies. Guests to the Glasshouse learn about the fragile ecosystems of Costa Rica and Madagascar and what they can do in their own lives to help protect them for future generations.

Cleveland Botanical Garden, located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, is an ever-changing urban oasis where you find enrichment and inspiration. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $4 for kids ages 3-12 and free for Garden members and children under 3. For more information, please call 216-721-1600 or visit


Cleveland Botanical Garden receives public support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom O'Konowitz,, 216.707.2818 

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