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16711 Pearl Road Strongsville, Ohio 44136 (440) 238-6653

 

16 acres of freedom from the rat race...

Millions of Flowers/Billions of Blooms

 

 
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Cleveland's Secret Garden

Have you wondered what's behind the mysterious fence along Pearl Road (Rte 42) in Strongsville, Ohio. Since 1949, Henry Ross has spent his entire life creating a garden in the middle of a stripmall wasteland. What started out as 16 acres of swampy blue and yellow clay, overgrown with blackberry brambles and weeds...has been slowly transformed into the beautiful gardens that exist today.

An Outdoor Plant Collection

Everyweek from February thru November, something new is in bloom

 

 

The grounds consist of 16 acres...(6 acres of English Cottage Gardens made up of all kinds of extremely choice, uncommon and rare plants; with special emphasis on plants with variegated, silver, red, or colored foliage) and a 10 acre arboretum. There are numerous individual gardens, fitting together like pieces of a jig saw puzzle, into one glorious, overall picture.

The Arboretum contains 2000 flowering trees, under-planted with thousands of daffodils.

The season begins about the middle of February and lasts until at least the end of October.

The Gardenview Horticultural Park is unique for several reasons:

1. It was not created by a wealthy individual who gave their estate and a very large Endowment Fund with which to maintain it. It was created by an individual who had no estate or money, who was inspired by the fabulous gardens of England and wished to create a magnificent public garden here.

2. The emphasis at Gardenview is not upon providing a lavish and opulent spectacle of architectural features. Instead the emphasis is upon extremely choice, rare and uncommon plants; combined into an attractive garden settings in a natural and casual Cottage Garden style; something which looks like it might have happened itself. Indeed; some visitors assume that it did just happen by itself.

3. The purpose of Gardenview is to collect and exhibit rare, choice and unusual plants which are seldom seen in this country, to provide enjoyment to its visitors and inspire them to use the ideas they might have gotten here in their own garden.

Gardenview Horticultural Park began in the winter of 1949, with the purchase of 16 acres of vacant, snow-covered land. Unfortunately, when the snow melted in the Spring and land turned out to be a blue clay marsh completely covered with blackberry brambles and weeds, totally unsuited for the use as a garden. For the nest 45 years, with hardly and money to work with and only one person to do work, it was transformed into the magnificent Horticultual Park which exists today. THere are presently 6 acres of gardens and a 10 acre arboretum containing, among other things, 500 varieties of flowering crabapples under-planted with countless thousands of daffodils.

For the past 15 years, because of lack of funds, the entire 16 acres are still maintained by two unpaid volunteers. Up to the present time the only source of funds has been from memberships and an admission charge for those who do not wish to take out a membership. An endowment Fund is being built up, the income from which will be used to hire the help needed to maintain the grounds, in the condition, in which they should be kept.

Contributions to the Endowment Fund are esstential since Gardenview will not be able to exist forever without the Endowment Fund income to hire the people needed to maintain the gardens. If there is not enough income to maintain the gardens they would have to be eliminated and the grounds would then be maintained as green space or as an open woodland. What the grounds will look like in the future; depends entirely upon the size of the Endowment Fund. They WILL exist forever as some kind of green space and can never be used for Industrial, commercial, residential or municipal buildings.

 

Articles

Crabbiest fellow in town Cleveland Plain Dealer 1959

 

How His Garden Does Grow Akron Beacon Journal 9/15/1991

 

Gardens to Visit: Gardenview Horticulture May 1994

 

American Hosta Society Presidential Award June 2000

 

Ohio Glorious Gardens Ohio Magazine April 2003

Video

The Passion of Henry Ross, Our Ohio 2009

Gardenview is mentioned links

Official Gardenview website

From Wikipedia

J. C. Raulston's Slide Collection

picture taken at the view

Flickr photos Bokeh Bouquet 12/12/2007

Flickr photos A GARDENVIEW 5/7/2007

Flickr photos BACK TO GARDENVIEW 10/9/2007

Glasshouse Works linkpage

Flickr photos Gardenview Set 5/20/2007 & 5/16/2009

Flickr photo A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT 5/9/2007

Henry Ross establishes endowment fund to continue Gardenview Horticultural Park Sun Star-Courier 1/15/2010

A Gardener's Diary Episode GRD-307

Slice-n-Dice Hostas, aka 'Rossizing'

wiki-worldflicks.org satelite photo

Gardenview Plant Introductions

Ajuga Arctic Fox

Malus Coralburst

Malus White Cascade crabapple

Malus Henry Ross crabapple

Monarda didyma Gardenview Scarlet

Hosta introductions

Hosta Solar Flare


Links

Golden Conifers

The Gardener's Eden


honey

Honey was made in the 1980's

 

bee

 

From Seed To Garden

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About 7000 annuals to plant

aerial

 

 

drawing

 

 

patio

 

 

lydia

Anything But Green

Gold Is King Here

 

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Gold Rush

Goldrush Dawn Redwood

 

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Arum creticum

Cretan arum

 

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Arisaema sikokianum

Japanese jack in the pulpit

 

leafpuc

Hosta seedling

 

bulbs

Scilla & Chionodoxa enmasse

 

chard

Ruby Swiss Chard

Beta vulgaris cycla Ruby Chard

 

elephantear

Guttation on Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta

 

symphytum

Symphytum x uplandicum

Axminster Gold

Russian comfrey

 

canna

Canna Bengal Tiger

 

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Brugmansia

 

display

Greenhouse plants

 

fall

Quercus rubra

Red oak fall color

 

window

greenhouse plants

 

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Arum italicum

Italian arum seedhead

 

arundo

Arundo donax versicolor

 

bengaltiger

Canna Bengal Tiger

 

cleome

Cleome

 

doublecrab

Malus

 

pinkhyacinth

Muscari Pink

 

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Here is a source for plants

 

Great source for Organic Seeds

 

 

 

The New Wall - 2011

Gardenview Wall

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Paradise In The Wild

 

An Alchemist and

his apprentice

create a chaotic Eden

 

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Around every corner

a new scene

 

hostas

Hosta

 

lupine

Lupinus Lupines

 

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Gardenview Watercolors By Jeff Suntala

 

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Allan Armitage stopped by to visit 10/8/2010

 

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Plantsmen, Roger Swain & Henry Ross,

talking plants of course, on his visit here 5/14/2005

 

shoveling

 

 

barrowing

 

# 57,255,883,332,553,577,103,018th wheelbarrow

of horse manure,

just kidding. But it is true that it is part of the 10,000 truckloads of manure that has been shoveled, wheelbarrowed and spread a foot to 3 feet deep around the gardens. Mushrooms pop up everywhere, and the plants grow as if on steroids.

 

 

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swamp

Henry dug alot of drain tiles

 

house

 

 

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Barren Acres

Grow into Garden Mecca

 

 

aurea

Acer campestre aurea

 

autumn

Euonymus europeaus

European burning bush fall color

 

cobralily

 

 

crabapple

Malus

 

drummundii

Acer platanoides Drummondii

Variegated Norway maple

 

display

Medley of greenhouse plants

 

enmasse

Monarda Gardenview Scarlet

Gardenview Scarlet bee balm

 

hemero

Hemerocallis hybridus

Gardenview daylily seedling

 

peony

Peonia

Peony

 

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Magnolia Edith Bogue

 

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Spring scene

 

sunburst

Gleditsia tricanthos Sunburst

Sunburst honey locust

 

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Zinnia elegan Zowie

 

6 acres

of

garden beds

fit together

like a puzzle

to create

botanical heaven on earth

 

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One of the two ponds that attract:

Mallard ducks, Great Blue heron, green heron, and a kingfisher.

In summer it's loaded with waterlilies.

Roll your pointer over the pic to see lilies.

 

Roll your pointer over the pic

to see "PROGRESS"

across the street from us

 

It truly is a flowery abandon

Annuals, Biennials, Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Tropicals, Cacti, Succulents

 

Play Checkers on the living checker board table

 

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scilla

 

 

Gardenview Horticultural Park

16711 Pearl Road Strongsville Ohio 44136 (440) 238-6653

16 acres of freedom from the rat race...

All photos are property of Mark LaRosa, watercolors Jeff Suntala and cannot be copied without written permission