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Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art JULY 2016

The lively history of remarkable gardens

Today we received our first copies of the beautiful Gardens: The Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum is located on rolling green land donated by generous patrons: a snapshot of wholesome American heritage, stuffed to the brim with masterpieces, teeming with visitors and buzzing with energy. 

The gardens in which the museum is set are also remarkable. They glow with resplendent colour in spring and summer, catch fire in the autumn – leaves shimmering in gold and red – and in winter they are blanketed in white snow. Statues nestle among the plants: the signs of the Zodiac, a small boy delighting in the flowers around him; modern sculpture shoulder-to-shoulder with the traditional. It is both a celebration of nature and a living testament to the power of philanthropy. 

The garden was not always so lovely. In the 1920s it was just a neglected parcel of land with a small, murky lake owned by the City of Cleveland. The Garden Club of Cleveland took on the monumental job of turning this into a place that everyone could enjoy – and, as one can clearly see, their efforts were resoundingly successful. 

Mary Hoerner presents the history of the Fine Arts Garden and Jeffrey Stearn discusses the development of the museum’s grounds since the 1930s as well as the coming plans for the future. Lavish photography and informative essays tell the lively history of these wonderful grounds.