The Cleveland Botanical Garden shows the holiday spirit at its Twinkle in the 216th Holiday Celebration, which highlights the history of Cleveland’s neighborhoods through festive holiday decorations.
Twinkle in the 216 opens at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on November 19, adding historical displays of Cleveland and festive decorations for the holiday.
The gardens are adorned with a variety of poinsettias, gingerbread houses made by local artists, and painted murals of different Cleveland neighborhoods.
In addition to their new displays, the artists at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens have built a large Christmas tree made entirely of organic material, beginning with a moss base and decorated with various flowers throughout.
Ryan Sandy, exhibit manager for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, said many of the facts and artwork collected for each exhibit were provided by over 38 affiliated garden clubs in each selected community. The Botanical Garden hopes to share the knowledge it gathers to better understand its neighbors.
“We felt this was a great opportunity to highlight some of the neighborhoods surrounding the arboretum,” Sandy said. “It came together as a very good topic and excited our affiliated garden clubs. We are very happy to host this exhibition.”
Sandy said the gardens’ new decorations not only fulfill their mission by adding a new element to the natural beauty of the diverse ecosystems they host, but are also a demonstration of respect and brotherhood towards Cleveland’s many neighborhoods.
Various exhibits throughout the event provide interactive informational facts about different parts of Cleveland from Little Italy to League Park.
“There are so many areas in Cleveland that I wasn’t familiar with, and it was a great opportunity to work with people from those neighborhoods and get their input,” Sandy said. “I hope that people will use this as an opportunity to see places in our city that they don’t normally go to.”
The exhibition can also be visited at select nighttime hours, giving a whole new look at their normal gardens, which are now illuminated by a variety of lights and colours.
“We’re putting a lot of lights in the biomes that really add a new twist to an already cool exhibit and make it so much more festive,” Sandy said. “We wanted everything to have a holiday feel with a touch of nature. It is important for us to continue to have the plant focus alongside all our themes because at the end of the day we are still stewards of the environment.”
Twinkle in the 216 runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. through December 31 at The Botanical Gardens at 11030 East Blvd. are closed on Mondays except December 19th and 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m