Slavic Village

From the Annual Polish Constitution Day Parade to the Pierogi Dash to the imaginative temporary art installations at Rooms To Let, Broadway Slavic Village celebrates its rich, ethnic history while embracing a new active and artistic lifestyle that is attractive to all city dwellers. The neighborhood’s outdoor amenities have been complemented by public art projects such as Arch Park, the Rotaflora and Newburgh Park. These public works of art have been followed by new gallery spaces opening in Slavic Village including the Magalen, Elevate Gallery and the Village Stage which all feature performance and visual art. Slavic Village is also home to a variety of housing including "ready to move in" and "do-it-your-self" for homeowners, as well as lease and rental options. For information about housing in Slavic Village, please contact michelleb@slavicvillage.org, call 216-429-1182 ext. 102, or visit http://slavicvillagehomes.org/.

Headquarters

Find maps, parking, information and restrooms at:

Mill Creek Gazebo
4401 Sexton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44105

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Gardens in Slavic Village

  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Easy maintenance deep shade perennial front and side yard plantings. Rear yard includes herbs and fruit plantings integrated into flowering border
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Plants and flowers
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Main garden extends from front porch to side deck. Small side garden.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    A quaint modern take Ina traditional cottage garden. A focus on providing ultimate biodiversity in an urban garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Some annuals, mostly perennials, small vegetable garden, some decorative elements.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Sun and shade gardens with a small urban pond offer a summer of color and fragrance, and offer a home to bugs, birds and bees.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Daylilies, clematis and containers of annuals lend color to a narrow but sunny side yard with a patio made private with mature shrubs.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Cutting garden of traditional flowers takes advantage of a sunlit patch in shady front yard.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Shade tolerant perennials create attractive easy care front yard.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Our backyard is an oxymoron because it has the appearance of a secret wooded place of seclusion rather than an urban yard in a populated area.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Unique white cobbler stone design by Tim. Bird bath with fish sculpture and assorted plants decorate this front yard
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    "I love a variety of flowers and colors", using color accents to complement shade tolerant perennials.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Large back yard very lush with newly planted trees and two bee hives tucked away in the back, also beautiful vegetable garden with a verity of herbs.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Simple
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Circle of colors: borage, calendula, yarrow, asiatic lilies, Japanese clematis, and other plant pleasures. Low matainance is this gardeners goal.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, potted vegetables and herbs
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    We carry ancestral traditions and create anew with love to make our garden grow into a visual healing aesthetic gem with rocks, herbs and veggies!
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    No high heels of any kind in yard please
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Wildlife
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Easy care front yard that complements neighborhood streetscape with towering 40' maple and oak trees.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Transformed part of old Cleveland State Hospital lot into bird-loving, perennial garden.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Two duplex homeowners work together to enhance their shared small front yard garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    This Garden is a certified wildlife habitat. Features include pollinator friendly perennials, milkweed, stonescape, a fire pit and a gazebo.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Courtyard garden surrounding deck and tree plantings for meditative space in the city
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Backyard bower of Russian olive, Japanese Maple, rhododendron, laurel, ferns, helleborus & shade perennials. Side border of roses, zinnia, lavender.
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  • Special Feature
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    A former wasteland of rocks and weeds in the front of the Club was transformed into a beautiful oasis in the fall of 2016. The pollinator garden, which features plants specifically chosen for their attractiveness to pollinator insects, was laid out in a way be inviting to human visitors to the space as well.

Special Features

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

  • Boys & Girls Club garden
  • Boys & Girls Club garden
  • Boys & Girls Club - Pollinator Garden

Surprises await those who visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland site on Broadway Avenue in Slavic Village. In addition to the gymnasium, teen room and recording studio at the Club, the property has a half-acre farm, a pollinator garden, 25 newly planted trees and a new interactive Children’s Garden.

All are maintained by teens in BGCC’s horticulture program, a work-study program for high school students. The program teaches work skills to inner-city youth and inspires them to reach for success.

The agricultural plot is intensively planted with crops to sell at farm stands and to restaurants. It provides an opportunity for the youth to see the food growing process, from farm to table. Additionally, they gain valuable experience in customer service, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

A former wasteland of rocks and weeds in the front of the Club was transformed into a beautiful oasis in the fall of 2016.  The pollinator garden, which features plants specifically chosen for their attractiveness to pollinator insects, was laid out in a way be inviting to human visitors to the space as well. This summer, the pollinator garden will host a weekly reading event for the Club kids. It has been named the Soeder Family Garden in honor of the garden donor, Bill Soeder, and his brother, longtime BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder.

As part of the citywide effort to restore Cleveland’s tree canopy, 25 trees were planted at the Club this spring by volunteers working in conjunction with Reforest Slavic Village. The trees provide an opportunity for the farm teens to learn about tree care and will provide shade and aesthetic value in perpetuity.

The Children’s Garden, new for 2017, is a half-acre plot consisting of a serpentine path bordered by theme gardens. It features a living willow arch, a ‘secret garden’ woodland area and a music structure. It incorporates art, ecology and literacy components as well as providing safe space for youth. It will be a destination for kids from all Clubs as well as children from local schools and daycare centers.

Gardener Stories

Tony Zajac's garden

The house on Claasen looks like any other house on the street, but when I start walking down the drive I glimpse the magical kingdom in the back yard.  Tony Zajac has lived in this house for the past twenty years. During that time he has transformed the back yard into a tropical paradise with hundreds of flowers and shrubs.

Anthony’s love of plants and gardening started at Harvey Rice elementary school in the 4th grade.  He had his own 20’X25’ plot where he grew vegetables and some annuals. He tended this garden every summer until the 7th grade.

Upon meeting Avon Standard it quickly became apparent why he is now managing a second community garden, Regent Community Garden in Slavic Village.  He became involved in the mid 90’s and has continued to lead the efforts ever since. This includes using the large tractor and rototiller to turn and prepare the soil. Standing in the hoop house that opened last year his sense of enthusiasm is contagious.  The hoop house was featured in 'Minority Land Owner' magazine and now contains early thriving vegetables that will be shielded from adverse conditions and the groundhogs that would like to come for lunch.

In the 6 years Terry has lived in this house he has created a paradise in his back yard. The front yard is beautiful too and gives a hint to what a visitor will find in the back.

Lisa has lived in this house, which was built in 1914, for the past 12 years. She loves this part of Slavic Village because the neighbors are friendly and look out for each other. Lisa was born in Long Island and moved several times as a child because of her father's job. She was 13 when her family came to Cleveland.