ROCKEFELLER PARK GREENHOUSE

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November 2014

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Rockefeller, Wade, Rockefeller, Wade… Seems to be a theme in Cleveland history, eh? Well, truth is that through land donations from these wealthy local industrialists, in this case John D. Rockefeller, much of Cleveland has taken shape—whether to preserve green space or to anchor the area’s cultural institutions—including Wade Park and Rockefeller Park.

Rockefeller Park covers about 200 acres on Cleveland’s eastside on land specifically deeded to the city in 1897 to be used as a park. It extends from lakefront Gordon Park to Shaker Heights. Accessible off of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. is the park’s greenhouse, which was first used only to grow landscaping plants for city parks and gardens. It has since evolved into a public greenhouse with theme gardens, specialty plant collections and seasonal displays.

A free, public community greenhouse. Is it something you take advantage of? If so, is it to avoid yucky weather? To be surrounded by citrus or desert plants? To show visitors? Or something else?

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse Texture

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