Holden Forests & Gardens Planning for the Future


Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty at U.S. Botanical Gardens in 2019https://www.usbg.gov/Dougherty

A plan for the future is pending for Holden Forests & Gardens whose mission is to “connect people with the wonder, beauty and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.”

They have hired Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and GWWO Architects to formulate the master plan.

The future plan for HF&G with lands in both Lake and Geauga counties, supports goals that address issues including building community presence, improved visitor experience, modeling solutions for environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusiveness, and sustainable financial growth.

The HF& G campus is over 3,500 lush woodlands, 200 acres of cultivated gardens, including Cleveland Botanical Gardens, home to rare collections and themed glasshouses containing cultivated specimens.

Holden Forests & Gardens is a wonderful place to visit for the entire family.

I live nearby and I wasn't even aware of everything available until doing research for this article. I can't imagine what other activities and events might be included in the new masterplan.

Here's a sneak peak at what's already available if you're planning a visit this Spring:

  • Return of the Butterflies (themed glasshouse)
  • Murch Canopy Walk (activity)
  • Kalberer Emergent Tower (activity)
  • Art Gallery (exhibit)
  • Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty (exhibit/activity)
  • Twighlight in the Whimsical Woods (fundraiser picnic)
  • Lantern Court (exhibit)
  • Little Mountain (video tour)
  • Black Roots: The Black Botanical Legacy (virtual event)
  • People for Trees (community event)
  • Buckeye Bud's Adventure Woods (activity)
  • Stebbins Gulch (landmark-group tours only)

If you're looking for a great place to explore the outdoors with family or even if you're searching for a way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of home, there's something for everyone through Holden Forests and Gardens.

Tickets are available for individual activities and events, but with so much to explore that even I wasn't aware of, an annual family membership seems to be the best value.

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