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Ilona has gardened actively for most of her life and has been a writer and webmaster online since 1998. Homeschooled all 10 of her children.

Dawes Arboretum in Autumn | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Dawes Arboretum in Autumn | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Finding The Gardens Of Ohio

I thought that people visiting or new to Ohio might like a gardener's recommendations of the sights to see. It also occurred to me that I might like to discover some new ones and record the experience.

I garden and have lived most of my life in Ohio- because I like it! One of the things I love to do is visit other peoples gardens and public ones for inspiration and just plain enjoyment.

The garden in the photo is of the Children's garden section of Inniswood Metro Park, also known as the Sister's Garden. it is a garden our family has visited many times. Looking like an Ohio farmhouse and orchard, it holds a child's discovery area, including a water play area. There are many such delightful discoveries for garden lovers of all ages in Ohio. If going on vacation to Ohio, be sure to see some of the available gardens near your destination. Make your travel plans more fun!


Ohio In Autumn

See the video to view Stan Hywet's autumn beauty. Admittedly, tree foliage color steals the show, and our flowers play a background role at that time. Strong showings are made by purple and pink asters, golden and various colored chrysanthemums, but if you pay close attention you will find there are many others whether the wild look of goldenrods or the bright blues of leadwort. My favorite pastime in autumn Ohio is to walk among the trees in flaming colors of fall.


Discover more about a garden you want to visit- see if they have a travel guide available.

Ohio Redevelopment Projects - ODSA Follow Akron-Stan Hywet Hall Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Ohio Redevelopment Projects - ODSA Follow Akron-Stan Hywet Hall Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The Best Ohio Gardens

Don't Miss These Public Gardens and Arboretums

Stan Hywet-The Seiberling mansion and its grounds.

If you go to Akron, Ohio don't miss this destination. It is closed during the winter months of January to March, but reopens in April. The grounds are well kept and full of interesting gardens of several types. Warren Manning designed the gardens, and Ellen Biddle Shipman redesigned the English garden. Warren Manning advocated "informal and naturalistic "wild garden" approach" (1) in much the same way as William Robinson, famous for changing English gardening tastes to this style from the stiff Victorian bedding and decorative garden fashions. Ellen Biddle Shipman was once called the "Dean of American Women Landscape Architects".

Besides the sunken garden in the English style, there is a Japanese garden, a Rhododendron walk, and a famous Birch allee; the wildflower "Dell" and the Lagoon are other features. This is one of the few grand residences and gardens in our state that mimic the great gardens of England. Many wedding photos take place here for good reason. I think two of my favorite features has always been the birch walk and the Japanese garden, which winds down the hillside.

Stan Hywet is the magnificent house and gardens that F. A. Seiberling built in Akron, Ohio. The tours through the home highlight important features and fill in details with anecdotes of the family and this wonderful place in its heydey.

If you can travel to Stan Hywet, you will seef a beautiful property and Tudor home built in the last century by the Goodyear magnate.

(1) Warren H Manning

Stan Hywet official site

Dawes Arboretum - the legacy of the Dawes family

A famous Ohio family (Beman Gates Dawes, brother of Charles Dawes who was the 30th Vice President of the United States) created this arboretum with gardens around his historical home. Perennial gardens, a Japanese garden, Rhododendron dell, along with the many examples of trees and shrubs, fill the 1,800 acres of the arboretum. It is a short drive from Columbus, located about 20 miles east in Newark, Ohio.

I enjoy the perennial gardens the best, situated down a hillside from the visitor center, followed by the fern garden, and the magnificent Japanese garden. In fact, Dawes is a great place for the Japanophile. Besides the large Japanese garden with teahouse, there are fine bonsai on display in their own garden connected to the visitor center.


Dawes Arboretum official site

Franklin Park Conservatory -adjacent to the suburb of Bexley

Rain or shine, gardener or not, Franklin Park Conservatory is fun to visit. Inside are fine displays of climate zones, sometimes with special art exhibitions, sometimes with a live butterfly event (usually beginning in March and running through the summer months.) Outside are botanical gardens, but it is indoors where the real show resides. Walking from desert climes through tropical rainforests is something few can do in a daytrip, but you will find that here. Everyone seems to love the live butterfly event, where the tropical plants vie with attention that clouds of exotic, brightly colored, and friendly butterflies attract as they float through the rainforest enclosure.

Franklin Park official site

Kingwood Center Gardens - a former estate garden

Gorgeous gardens, especially in spring. The sunken garden, an orangery, garden flower collections of peonies,roses,daylilies and iris mean there is quite a show in early to mid summer, too. The beautiful season displays are accented by fountains and many like to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Greenhouses full of interesting plants and a beautiful herb garden are not to be missed. Forty seven acres that many visitors feel are like a storybook come alive. Only a parking fee is charged.

The house is open and costs a small fee to enter, and there are events throughout the year. Located in Mansfield, closed in January and February, it is an easy distance from Columbus, Akron, Cleveland and Malabar Farm State Park is not far.

Kingwood Center Gardens

Whetstone Park of Roses- Columbus promises a rose garden

Within the city, right off High Street, is a lovely park; inside the park is a grand rose garden filled with roses, with a gazebo, with a perennial garden, and an herb garden as well. The height of rose season in June is the best time to visit, but with the wooded surroundings and the other gardens, it is a peaceful and beautiful any time of year. This is a favorite place for weddings and you might see one being celebrated here.And what is more romantic than thousands of roses blooming and filling the air with fragrance? An old fashioned rose garden is at the highest point of the garden from which to view the main axis of a formally laid out garden plan, or you can climb to the top of a wrought iron viewing platform. It is a gem of a garden and isn't to be missed, whether it is high season for roses or not. There are private gardens to see which surround the park and offer intriguing glimpses through their gates as one tours the garden and follows the avenue back out into the bustling city. One of my Gardener's Top Ten favorite places to go in Columbus.

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Take a Tour

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Whetstone Park of Roses

Heirloom Roses in June are part of what you would expect to see in this world class rose garden. There are hundreds of roses of all types blooming throughout the peak season of May through June. Concerts are held all through the summer month weekends.

Inniswood Metro Park- made by visionary sisters

Another in the top ten gardens to visit in Columbus, Ohio is this once private garden which was given to the metro parks system. It retains much of its personal feeling despite public walkways and the necessary changes a public park must make for the visits of so many people. From the home, which serves as a visitor center today, to the mini-train area right outside the door, to the further reaches of the park, there are many intimate places to discover with many garden ideas. I especially like the secret garden in an area of "old ruins". There are many types of exposures from sunny to shady which hold a great array of flowers and landscape plants.

Inniswood.org

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Inniswood Garden - A Metro Park Garden

Inniswood rock garden

Inniswood rock garden

Inniswood Gardens Herb Garden

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Cox Arboretum and Gardens - Dayton's Must See

James M. Cox, Jr. donated his family property for the arboretum which now has a Butterfly House, a tall grass prairie, a wetlands preserve, and many gardens within. The director of the arboretum hopes that people find a refuge and peaceful place here. It has a shrub garden with over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs, a children's maze, crab apple allee, herb garden, ornamental grass collection, and 3.5 miles of walking trails besides all the gardens.

Cox Arboretum official site

Ault Park- Cincinnati's Home of the Cincinnati Flower Show

The fourth largest park of Cincinnati plays host to the flower show, has flower gardens and considered to have a place on the "must-see in Cincinnati" list on the Cincinnati Enquirer. I really would like to see this garden after reading the blog. 'a year in the park', about the Ault gardens.

Ault Park official page.

Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati

Krohn Conservatory, a part of the Eden Park landscape, was built in 1930 in the Art Deco style. In similarity to the Franklin Park Conservatory it hosts a Butterfly Show and is available to rent for events. It holds special events including 5 annual flower shows. Open everyday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and extended hours for the winter holiday show. Call the visitor center at 513-352-4080 for information.

Krohn Conservatory site


Take Your Camera, Too

I always try to remember my camera when visiting public gardens. Besides recording memories, it saves the great ideas that such gardens provide. You think you will remember each idea and the experience, but time fades so many details that a photo captures so well.

A Canon camera is on my personal wish list- it takes wonderful pictures. The garden bloggers who take the finest photos use this brand of camera, so I hope to obtain one soon to improve the quality of my photos. I love that way it captures color and detail.

Cleveland's Botanical Garden- Take a Tour

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland has a very fine children's garden within, the Hershey's Children's Garden. The Hershey Children's Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden has been considered one of the best of the new public children's gardens that are being built throughout the country.

It is home to the Japanese Garden (Gan Ryuu Tei). Gan Ryuu Tei translates from Japanese to 'Dry Rock Stream', giving you the focus but holding the mystery of how beautiful this can be. There is also a Rose garden, an Herb garden, and a "Restorative" garden - which is what I would call a Serenity garden. Their site has photos of the beautiful displays, the events and more that you can find there.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland State University Cultural Gardens

Whether you are interested in the Italian cultural garden or the Armenian, the Hungarian ... or one of the others... there are beautiful landscaping, sculptures, ironwork, all with a celebration of a particular culture.

The Szekely Gate in the Cleveland

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The Szekely Gate in the Cleveland

"Clara Lederer, in Their Paths are Peace, describes the principal plot on the upper level as "a rectangular reflecting pool and fountain are set in a pattern of low walls and geometric walks of brick, stone, and marble, and rich plantings of the growths best known in Hungary--hawthorn, yew, cotoneasters, and azaleas. Two linden trees, formal flower beds, and brick, stone, and marble walls and walks are the features of the lower garden. Two wing sections, formal arrangements of lawn, brick paths, and sculptured stone benches, adjoin the larger upper garden. In the section to the left of the entrance is a bas-relief of Franz Liszt." - The Hungarian Cultural Garden"

Toledo Botanical Garden

Toledo Botanical Garden has many features and helps neighborhoods to create community gardens. Among the interesting things to see are the Artist Village, small buildings that resemble cottages to showcase different artistic forms such as glassblowing. there is an English border, a collection of hostas, and shade, herb and perennial garden features.

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Kingwood Center

5403 Elmer Drive

Toledo, Ohio 43615

(419) 936-2986

More About Kingwood Center

-visit the site for fabulous photos,detailed descriptions, and events.

In Mansfield, Ohio is the French Provincial house with gorgeous gardens that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King built. It is now a center for horticultural education. It is well known for a fine spring display with huge numbers of bulbs, so if you are able to visit in Spring, you will see one of the greatest features of this garden.

This is one of the most popular gardens in Ohio to see, with woodland, perennial, and special collections to enjoy. It is also available for weddings.

Kingwood Center Gardens

900 Park Avenue West,

Mansfield, Ohio, OH 44906

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George Seurat's Painting In Topiary

Inniswood Metro Park Secret Garden

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Inniswood

Like visiting a private garden because it used to be one, Inniswood is chock full of ideas for your own home garden, but groomed and planted so that it is an exciting place to visit and while away the day.

Two maiden sisters with complementary ideas for their garden bequeathed a natural reserve garden and very lovely gardens constructed in both informal and formal style.

Herb gardens, a rose garden, a child's garden, secret garden, with numerous features enough to fill a small book. One of my own favorite haunts in the Columbus area.

Features of Inniswood Gardens

  • Woodland Reserve
  • Perennial garden
  • Herb garden
  • Rockery
  • Children's garden
  • Rose garden


Dawes Arboretum - Make It A Daytrip

Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum

A visit to Dawes is an all day adventure. It is one of the best for different age groups, for different reasons. For children, there is a wonderful basement room in the visitor center with a big picture window viewing birds visiting the feeders, a real honey bee hive encased in glass, puzzles, books, exhibits, a great way to get children interested in nature.

For the elderly the entire arboretum is accessible through a driving tour, parking to inspect features of interest and taking a short walk. For everyone else there are lots of walking trails and interesting features. some of my favorites are the log cabin hidden in a wildflower-filled woods, the old graveyard, the mixed shrub and perennial display gardens. You mind discover your own favorite areas.

Located in Central Ohio, not far from Columbus.

Vicarious Visits in Ohio Gardens

Ohio Autumn Activities

Autumn in Stan Hywet, Late Summer in Inniswood, Ohio has many moods.

Even a topiary garden replicating the French Impressionist painting 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' by Georges Seurat. You might be inspired to make a topiary garden yourself, after seeing it.

Hershey's Childrens Garden - In Cleveland Ohio

Get the book and visit the garden!

Hershey Children's Garden was created as the first public children's garden in the state of Ohio and it is also one of the few of its kind in the United States.

Hershey's Children Garden

The Best Time To Visit Ohio Gardens - Spring, Summer, Fall?

Daylilies in Whetstone Park in late June/early July

Daylilies in Whetstone Park in late June/early July

Whetstone Park Of Roses In All Seasons


Fall

Located in a temperate climate in intercontinental USA, winter is not an ideal time to see the gardens, although an indoor conservatory like Franklin Park Conservatory is ideal at that time. Ohio outdoors tends to be at its best for wildflowers in late April to late May ( although each park has it height of bloom and highlights), late spring to early summer for its perennial gardens, and late summer to mid fall for fall colors. The Ohio Dept of Natural Resources has a site to alert visitors and fall foliage lovers to the season's forecast and reports. Check out their site, Ohio Fall Foliage.

I think September and October (especially October!) are the best times to visit Ohio and walk through gardens and the parks. The weather is as near perfect as one might be able to expect in Ohio. Springtime can be quite variable with rain and chilly temperatures.

Roses Begin In Spring

Roses start blooming in late May with the "old roses", and that is the time to catch the bloom for the heritage rose portion of the Park of Roses in Columbus.

The main show for roses arrives in the second week of June, usually, though June is the time when roses, peonies, and all sorts of perennials burst forth.

Late summer can be a bit dry and not a time when Ohio gardens are at their best,with a resurgence of late summer bloom and beautiful berried bushes in early fall.


Spring At Dawes Arboretum

One of my favorite places for spring wildflowers is Dawes Arboretum, while a hike through Old Man's Cave in Hocking County is also a great place to see dogwood trees, trilliums, dog-tooth violets and numerous others.

Many of the Parks have Spring Features


To see garden bulbs in bloom, visit Inniswood Metro Park Garden, daffodils in the Park of Roses, the grounds of Franklin conservatory, the renowned bulb show at Kingswood (35,000 tulips! this gives you an idea of what kind of a floral show you can find in these months.


Summer Highlights

The best gardens to visit in early summer,but any time during summer can be delightfully flowery, are those that major in perennial and annual displays.

The gardens of Inniswood Metro Park, Reeves in Dover Ohio, and others are brimming with the best show during early summer and into July, but there are still lovely things in August especially when annuals complete the show.

If you have time to visit Gambier, Ohio during the small window it is open in June, you can enjoy the treat of Schnormeier Gardens. There is an admission fee during the short time it is open to the public.


Did you realize that the zoos are often botanical gardens,as well? Columbus Zoo is outstanding.

Lovely Herb Garden in Columbus' Whetstone Park

photo by Ilona's Garden

photo by Ilona's Garden

Related Ohio Attractions - Frank Lloyd Wright

Are you a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright? One of the few of his houses that are available for rent include the Penfield House in Willoughby, Ohio. A beautiful review with telling pictures is written by Peter Beers.

Situated within the woods, there are not gardens per se, but a natural environment that FLW loved to incorporate into his designs.

What Do You Think Of Ohio Now?

Chadwick Arboretum

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OSU Buckeyes

What we are really famous for: football.

Chadwick Arboretum on Campus is a nice little detour.

You've been here, and now tell us what gardens *you* like.

I write about home gardening from an Ohio perspective. Join on Facebook to keep updated, if you like.


Are there Ohio gardens you have seen? - Or do you like my lens? Let me know, please :)

Ananya Mishra from Indore on February 24, 2020:

Ohio has always been a beautiful place to visit but it is an even better place to live. The economy of Ohio is helping many businesses to nurture, especially tech businesses. With the long trail of investments and development of the IT sector, Ohio will soon be giving a good competition to Silicon Valley!

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on January 01, 2019:

I want to visit. ^_^

Cindy from New Jersey on March 17, 2017:

I would love to visit the gardens in Ohio. Thanks for sharing the types of botanical gardens you could see. Truly nice to know!

BodyHairRemoval on June 02, 2014:

I'm from Akron, Ohio. I've seen the first one you showed. Absolutely breathtaking.

TommysPal on August 22, 2013:

I'm actually from Warren, Ohio. I moved away from there when I was 15. It is a beautiful place.

roger530 on June 11, 2013:

Great lens on Beautiful Gardens To See In Ohio. Good work...

roger530 on June 11, 2013:

Great lens on Beautiful Gardens To See In Ohio. Keep up the great work...

CaztyBon on May 07, 2013:

Nice lens on gardens. I would love to visit someday

laurenrich on January 12, 2013:

Thank you for a beautiful lens. I love lovely gardens. Thanks for sharing.

laurenrich on January 12, 2013:

Thank you for a beautiful lens. I love lovely gardens. Thanks for sharing.

cmadden on December 31, 2012:

Enjoyed this lens!

Fay Favored from USA on September 23, 2012:

I have been to Ohio several times, but have never been able to visit the gardens. I surely would have liked to seem them. Blessed

srsddn lm on September 14, 2012:

I wish I could visit some of these. Really beautiful gardens.

anonymous on September 03, 2012:

I would love to visit the Dawes Arboretum!

intermarks on July 30, 2012:

You have such a nice picture of these beautiful garden. I really enjoy it.

mel-kav on July 29, 2012:

I really enjoyed this lens!

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on July 23, 2012:

Beautiful lens! Next time we are in Ohio we will visit these wonderful place!

JoshK47 on July 19, 2012:

Slipping in here to bless this wonderful lens. :)

SteveKaye on June 27, 2012:

I enjoy walks so it was a pleasure reading this lens. Thank you for publishing it. The photos are beautiful.

Rosaquid on June 23, 2012:

Thank you for the lovely garden tours!

psiloveyou1 on June 06, 2012:

Wonderful places to visit! I love all of the great photos.

Marilyn Thompson from Washington State on May 18, 2012:

Wonderful lens! Love the Szerely Gate

livingfrontiers on May 17, 2012:

Such a lovely lens, and I appreciate the visual journey!

Shannon from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Gorgeous! My favorite garden was the rose garden my dad had when we lived near Dayton. Excellent lens! I just came across it since I just published a lens on Ohio.

RuralFloridaLiving on May 14, 2012:

Enjoyed seeing the gardens of Ohio. You did such a nice job of helping us to discover them!

jtay123 on May 10, 2012:

Really great lens, thank you.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on May 04, 2012:

I would love to return to Ohio and see some of these gardens - I was born in Lakewood and left when I was small- The daylillys in the photo are lovely-blessed

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 09, 2012:

I lived in Chardon, Ohio for a few years, but missed my chance to see these gardens. sure enjoyed seeing them through your eyes.

satto76 on April 09, 2012:

Wonderful photographs and a beautiful lens.

Shannon from Florida on March 25, 2012:

Very nice! I remember going to the Topiary Garden in Columbus. I'm sure I've been to others but don't remember. I lived in Beaver Creek for the first 7 years of my life. We probably didn't need to visit too many gardens because my father had a lovely rose garden in our back yard. Blessed and liked.

anonymous on March 25, 2012:

Very lovely! Thank you! Always looking for interesting places to go! :) There's also Wegerzyn Gardens in Dayton, Ohio, it's very nice. :) http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/WegerzynGarden/Hom...

nickirc lm on February 29, 2012:

Beautiful lens, what a great idea.

oxfordian on February 23, 2012:

What a stunning lens! I'm from Ohio and although my mother moved us to California when I was little, I spent every summer in Akron with my grandparents until I was 16. I went back often all my life to visit my father who lived in Cleveland until he got sick and I brought him to live with me in 2008. My mother (who was an avid gardener) used to go to parties at Stan Hewyt Hall when she was in college. This was a great nostalgic trip down memory lane for me. Thank you so much!

GhostMan LM on January 20, 2012:

Never knew there were so many great gardens in Ohio

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on January 09, 2012:

@julescorriere: Thanks! Quite an honor :) I appreciate the Squidoo community for being so wonderful.

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on January 09, 2012:

Happy New Year! Congratulations on your lens being chosen as a top 100 Community Favorite for 2011!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on December 31, 2011:

@Auntiekatkat: Thank you so much :)

Auntiekatkat on December 31, 2011:

Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

JoyfulReviewer on December 31, 2011:

These gardens are gorgeous ... thanks for the wonderful info and pictures. Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on December 31, 2011:

@RinchenChodron: Thanks for your vote of confidence- it is people like you who make Squidoo so positive.

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on December 31, 2011:

@MCB2011: woohoo- I'm happy! what a nice way to start out the new year :)

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on December 31, 2011:

@OhMe: Thanks!

I really appreciate the encouragement of the supportive Squidoo community. And for Squidoo itself that provides such a great platform to work with :)

MCB2011 on December 31, 2011:

This is inspiring. I have been to Ohio, but not the gardens. Thank you. Congratulations on your nomination.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 31, 2011:

Back to congratulate you on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites

RinchenChodron on December 30, 2011:

Wow - great job on this lens. I'm voting for it on the best of 2011. Ohio sure has many lovely gardens to visit. I live in Colorado and we may have 3 in the whole state.

jadehorseshoe on December 29, 2011:

Great Lens!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage from southwestern Virginia on November 15, 2011:

As a former Buckeye, native of northeast Cleveland and graduate of Miami U. (Oxford), I am familiar with many of these gardens and learned about some I never knew existed. Thanks for expanding my knowledge base and for your beautiful pictures. Cercis

Rose Jones on October 23, 2011:

I'll pass these over to my garden freak sister who lives in Missouri. As I looked at the pictures I could see why going to beautiful gardens gets in your blood.

fugeecat lm on October 16, 2011:

I live in Indiana and I want to come over and visit some of these gardens.

Mr-Green-Thumb on October 14, 2011:

Incredible lens. Love the pictures

dahlia369 on October 13, 2011:

I love gardens, no matter where they are and this is one beautiful lens!! :)

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

enjoyed browsing and reading your lens more this morning.

lucybrz1 on October 04, 2011:

Paradise gardens. Heaven on Earth.

anonymous on October 01, 2011:

I liked these indeed, love gardens and love what you've shown me on Ohio gardens. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

Steve Jones from Birmingham UK on September 22, 2011:

A very useful and interesting lens indeed.

spiritualll on August 30, 2011:

HI!

I saw your lenses now!

They are nice!

I was thinking to show them to others. I hope you keep creating them.

I didn't hesitate to squidlike some of them!

GOOD LUCK ON SQUIDOO

May you earn much Money $$$!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on August 24, 2011:

@trippste: Thank you!

trippste on August 01, 2011:

great lens! I love gardens. thumbs up!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on July 14, 2011:

@BarbRad: Sometimes refreshing the page will help load the pictures. Next time you visit just travel straight up High Street to visit the Park of Roses. There are some good ethnic restaurants on the route, as well.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on July 11, 2011:

Congrats on your LOTD. I love gardens. Unfortunately, the only days I've spent in Ohio were working weekends with no time to see anything but the convention center downtown, my motel, and the immediate surroundings. Didn't know about the gardens back then. I wish more of you pictures had loaded. I was only able to see a few of them.

anonymous on July 02, 2011:

Beautiful lens! Since I live in Ohio, I've seen a few of these--Kingwood Center, and Franklin Park Conservatory, and since it's close to where I live, I've visited the lovely Dawes Arboretum many times! Well deserved LOTD, congratulations!

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on July 02, 2011:

How beautiful! I miss seeing real gardens like this. Here in Nevada it's more dust and rocks and a real bear to keep anything green. I'll have to make a special effort to visit Ohio one day. Thanks for sharing!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 28, 2011:

@juditpaton: Happy that you could vicariously visit :)

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 28, 2011:

@pawpaw911: I do hope you get to visit sometime.

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 28, 2011:

@serenity4me lm: I like the look, but the amount of work it takes to keep everything trimmed! Glad it is there to visit ;)

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 28, 2011:

@Katherine89135: That is one of the best gardens to visit, by far. One of my favorites, too.

Katherine89135 on June 28, 2011:

Ohio certainly has beautiful gardens! I would love to visit them sometime! I think my favorite picture is of the Herb Garden at Inniswood.

serenity4me lm on June 28, 2011:

I really like the pictures of the topiary garden, how beautiful!

pawpaw911 on June 28, 2011:

Very beautiful. I hope to visit Ohio some day. Some of my ancestors lived and died there.

Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on June 27, 2011:

beautiful photos, i am almost there in those gardens.

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 25, 2011:

@avorodisa lm: They are serene, but usually take a lot of work to produce. I applaud the volunteers who help care for public gardens.

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 25, 2011:

@ajilcliaen: You live in Michigan? Love you anyway ( just kidding!) Thank you for visitn gthe lens and your kind words :)

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 22, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi Benjamin! Columbus has changed a lot since then... but their Metro parks have always been top notch.

anonymous on June 21, 2011:

Reminds me of the three years I lived on Cow Town. Lovely!

ajilcliaen on June 21, 2011:

My cousin had his wedding at the Toledo botanical garden - ABSOLUTELY beautiful. People may not think gardens when they think Ohio, heck I didn't either because I live in Michigan, but wow! The sight was breathtaking. Great lens :)

avorodisa lm on June 19, 2011:

This is a lovely lens! The gardens that you describe look really serene and naturally pure.

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

Ohio has incredibly beautiful gardens, someday I would love to visit.

Congrats on LOTD.

watercat87 on June 19, 2011:

These are great! I am a professional gardener in Ohio. Lovely!

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

very great of Ohio gardens, thanks for your sharing.

grannysage on June 19, 2011:

I think I will never make it out of Ohio! I want to see the hidden log cabin. What a wonderful showcase. Congrats on LOTD.

myshelle01 on June 19, 2011:

How absolutely lovely you are a true Ambassador for Ohio.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 19, 2011:

I remember some of these gardens from when I lived in Ohio. Congratulations on your lens of the day!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2011:

@NoYouAreNot: Thank you- I remember you and I appreciate the revisit and time you gave to comment :)

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2011:

@anonymous: Thank you- I appreciate the kindness and support of all the squid angels here at Squidoo! You all help make it a great experience in the community.

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2011:

@Psycho-Gamer: Your wish is my command. I think more pictures of some of the gardens is a good idea.

MasterPsycho from Earth on June 19, 2011:

you have done a great job....i really love gardening and especially landscape architecture

i would love to see some more photos of those gardens

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

I grew up in Ohio and have visited some of these gardens. Congratulations on LotD!

Ilona E (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2011:

@NC Shepherd: oh I am so sorry to hear that- that is truly sad. While the trees cannot soon be replaced, I hope they restore the garden.

NC Shepherd on June 19, 2011:

I'm from Ohio, too, and I've experienced some of these gardens. Also interesting if you're in the area is the rose garden at the OARDC campus of Ohio State in Wooster. There were various gardens and a lovely arboretum until the tornado of Sept 2010 ripped through. Many of the large, old trees were destroyed. It was a sad, sad day for many of us.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on June 19, 2011:

Wow!! Lots of beautiful gardens blessed by a squidangel

kwhiting644 lm on June 19, 2011:

This is a beautiful lens and living in Columbus, it was good to see some gardens that are in my city. I love Whetstone Park of Roses. Congrats on LOTD.

sheriangell on June 19, 2011:

Congrats on your LotD, it's well deserved. I love to visit gardens of any kind, the ones you feature here are beautiful.

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

This was not what I expected to read about, I was curious since I am preparing to make a Garden for my Home! I really like the Bench in the Flowers, that looks like a Good place for Serinty, Peace and Connecting with Nature; the Sights, Sounds and the Feeling!! These are not the Garden I was expecting to find, they are Much Better! :)

Congratulation for the "Lens of the Day!"

beatrizld on June 18, 2011:

Really enjoyable to see all the gardens. Thank you. Beatriz

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on June 18, 2011:

Gorgeous photos. Hmmm, Maybe I'll have to pay a visit soon to my niece who lives in Findlay. I love beautiful, peaceful gardens, and I thoroughly enjoyed this lens. Thank you for sharing.

pheonix76 from WNY on June 18, 2011:

Beautiful garden lens....I enjoy gardening and love visiting gardens and botanical gardens. Congrats on your LotD!!! :D

Oceana on June 18, 2011:

It was SO lovely to see all my beloved Ohio's gardens.........particularly those in the Central Ohio area where I lived my whole life (Granville) before moving to Florida a few years ago. Of course, Dawes was the closest, but I've also spent countless hours at Inniswood Metro Park, Columbus Park of Roses, Kingwood Center and Franklin Park Conservatory as well. It really warmed my heart to see your beautiful lens. Thank you! :)

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on June 18, 2011:

I like garden strolling.

Bercton1 on June 18, 2011:

Great garden photos ..Beautiful lens. Congratulations on lens of the day

jseven lm on June 18, 2011:

I love this type of informative lens because I can save and use it if I ever visit that city. Great job!

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