One man's vision for a private English Garden-style park, Gardenview Park has been a work in progress since the 1940s.
You can almost miss it, on a road full of fast-food stops and chain stores. But behind these brick walls in Stongsville, you can find Gardenview Horticultural Park.
The garden was initially built single-handed by Henry A Ross. In 1949, Ross purchased the 16 acres of then-barren soil. He set about transforming the land into his dream garden, day by day for over 12 years. Gardenview became a public park in 1961, where Ross continued to work, until he passed away in 2014, at the age of 88.
The garden continues to flourish today, ever-expanding with the assistance of a small staff. The acres of English cottage gardens are made up of rare and unusual plants from around the world. There are themed park areas, statuary, greenhouses, and water features like the lily pond.
If you’re looking for a little scenic getaway, give the Gardenview Horticultural Park a visit, and enjoy Ross’ vision for a garden paradise.
The park is located at 16711 Pearl Road, Strongsville.
Open April 1- October 15
Tuesday-Friday: 12:00-5:00. Closed Mondays
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-6:00
Members anytime by appointment
Children and young adults (5-18) $3.00
Children under five admitted free