Or should I say "holey" Toledo Botanical Garden, since the Japanese beetles were enjoying the beautiful gardens as much as myself. Good to know even the professionals can't escape this scourge.
I've been on the road with my husband for a combination "visit family/tag along on a work trip" jaunt to Cleveland, Toledo, Indianapolis and central Illinois before heading home to where the quickly ripening cukes and beans (and hopefully tomatoes) are waiting for me.
Our first stop was in Cleveland to see our son and his new apartment/summer job where he also attends Case Western University. The apartment is very urban and cool, and surprisingly tidy. I especially loved that the plaza just outside and facing the new Museum of Contemporary Art has gorgeous landscaping. I'm not quite sure what his job at this new startup entails but it seems terribly mathy. Impressive. And of course the Cleveland Botanical Garden was closed both days we were there.
While my husband took care of business in Toledo, I wandered the Toledo Botanical Garden and found it impressive (and hey, Cleveland... it's open everyday during daylight hours) too. I was pleased to find a balanced mixture of enclosed specialized plantings and broad expanses of natural landscape with cottages and artist studios situated here and there.
I spent several hours exploring the nooks and crannies and walking the paths to the outer reaches of the gardens taking photos along the way. I loved walking through the Grand Allee. I'm a sucker for a good allee, and this double allee of silver lindens is very special.Here's a small sampling of what I saw in case you're thinking of a visit.
(Pardon the picture size today, slow wi-fi in the hotel, wouldn't ya know)
Make sure to walk the Grand Allee