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Thousands of Beautiful Blooms Bring Vibrancy to 'Spring at the Garden' Festivities

Spring always brings a sea of magnificent colors to Cleveland Botanical Garden.

This year’s powerful palette of hues will be reflected in more than 30,000 flowering bulbs, dozens of floral design masterpieces and – for the first time at the Garden – botanically inspired interior design vignettes by some of Northeast Ohio’s top talent.

The Interior Design Showcase, running Saturday, April 14, through Sunday, May 13, will feature 10 room designs all inspired by some element of plant life. Conceptualized and crafted by well-known interior designers from Greater Cleveland, the home vignettes will offer Garden guests stunning design concepts, as well as some inspiration to spruce up a room or two at home.

Those already on board include Travis Abbott of Travis Abbott Interior, Jorge Castillo of Jorge Castillo Design Inc., Chris Kascsak and Bret Manning of In Design Inc., Charles Phillips of Charles Phillips Beautiful Flowers, Thomas Randleman of Design Consultant, Ltd., Donald Bingham Schmitt of Donald Bingham Schmitt, Kim Smith of i. design studios, ltd., Mitchell Sotka of Mitchell Sotka, Ltd., and Carol Wellman of Carol M. Wellman Interiors. Plus, “Ask the Interior Designer” sessions will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, April 21 and 28, so Garden guests can get expert advice for their own homes.

The Garden’s popular Invitational Floral Design Show returns Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, with creative floral designs by top talent. Dozens of arrangements will be showcased in five classes, including Traditional American Style, Modern European Design, Contemporary, Tablescapes and Ikebana -- the Japanese style of floral design. Ikebana masters Lorna Mierke and Shoko Morton will demonstrate their art from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Floral Design Show participants also will create arrangements to complement the home vignettes in the Interior Design Showcase, and their choices will be displayed throughout the weekend.

This year’s Spring at the Garden lineup includes lots more:

  • Spring Blooms features more than 30,000 flowering bulbs from April 14 to May 13, depending on weather. Notably, 10,000 masterfully arranged tulips near the Garden’s terrace will complement the Rembrandt in America exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This living masterpiece will feature bold brushstrokes of maroon, red, orange, white and yellow tulips. Additionally, all of the outdoor gardens, sprawling more than 10 acres of Cleveland’s University Circle, come to life during Spring at the Garden, featuring fragrant daffodils, ornamental alliums and hyacinths of many hues.
  • The African Violet & Gesneriad Show, Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, features the ornate foliage and beautiful blossoms the exotic African violet and other members of the gesneriad family. Peacock plants, flame violets and lipstick plants are just a few of the varieties in this spectacular show, organized by the North Coast Gesneriad Club.
  • Suit up for spring at the “Blooms, Bites & Bubbly” cocktail reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 20, featuring hors d’oeuvres, salsa and merengue by Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew and a meet-and-greet with featured interior designers. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for non-members, and proceeds benefit Garden programs.

Cleveland Botanical Garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $9.50 per adult, $4 per child (ages 3-12) and free for Garden members and children 2 and under. For details, call (216) 721-1600 or visit


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