Uplift Activities

Uplift Activities

Uplift is a citywide GardenWalk initiative to spread beauty, diversity and possibility through gardens across the city of Cleveland.  With gardeners serving as ‘lights’ in neighborhoods, growth and gratitude projects in representing neighborhoods will have welcoming activities and acts of gratitude at designated gardens, where gardenwalkers can share in the growth and gratitude built through relationships among those participating. Activities will be held before, during and after the GardenWalk tour dates.

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Uplift Activities —All are Welcome!

Tuesday April 19, 4 pm
2298 E 93rd St
History of the African American Cultural Garden (AACG) presented by Lavita Ewing, AACG Board Member.  Classical music by Ariel Clayton, weather permitting. 

Saturday April 23, 1:30-3 pm
2229 E 97th St
Question and answers for gardeners or wannabe gardeners presented by Valerie Hairston, Master Gardener. 

Thursday May 12, 12-2 pm
2325 E 87th St
Forum on hoop houses, urban farms, garden art and more, presented by William Cook, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, and local artist Ron Shelton.

Saturday, July 9, 5 pm
GlenVillage: 1400 East 105th St
Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell has confirmed that his band Footprints will play  to close GardenWalk 2022 for Glenville. Come join the fun!

Sunday, July 10, 10 am to 4 pm
Detroit Shoreway: 7005 W Clinton Ave
Get your paint on!
Rock painting is an art of beauty, wellness, and fun. It can be healing and therapeutic, filling your soul as you create. But you don’t have to be an artist, just someone interested in adding splendor to your garden with bold, bright colors. All supplies provided: rocks, paint, brushes, and sealer. If you are not interested in creating one, but would still like to take one home, already designed rocks are available for you to take with you for your own garden. One per person, until supplies last. We hope you will join us!

Sunday July 10, 10 am to 5 pm
Detroit Shoreway: 1349 West 65th St
Decorated Terracotta Pots
Join me in my garden during GardenWalk Cleveland 2022, to create and decorate one- of-a-kind Terra-cotta Pots for your garden. You will be using glue with paper cutouts of flowers, leaves, and vines to decorate prepared and painted terra-cotta pots. One pot per person on a first come first serve basis. Be your own designer for this quick, creative craft project.

Sunday, July 10, 12:30 pm
Detroit Shoreway: Labyrinth Park, W 65th St & W Clinton, NE corner
From Trash to Terrarium: Upcycled Urban Containers with Selena Awesome Vicario
Do you wish you could have a garden but you don’t have enough space? Would you like to learn how to start an efficient edible garden using common household items/recycled materials and food scraps?

This accessible, family friendly activity will teach you the basics of efficient home container gardening. It is open to gardeners and learners of all ages (children must be supervised by an adult). Here you will develop basic seed sprouting (germination) techniques, methods for regrowing food scraps, seed saving strategies, and more. Get creative  and learn tips and tricks to repurpose/recycle common household items and create the beautiful garden you deserve. Some materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Some examples of the planters we will be making include: hanging planters from gallon water jugs, seed starters from paper rolls, seed germination incubators and self-irrigating terrariums from recycled bottles, and more.  (Container gardening resources will be available at the information table for those who cannot attend the workshop).

Sunday, July 10, 2 pm (option for a second tour at 5 pm if there is a demand for it)
Detroit Shoreway: Labyrinth Park, W 65th St & W Clinton, NE corner
Awesome Guided Native/Invasive Edible Plant Walk with Selena Awesome Vicario
Are you interested in foraging (sourcing food from  locally growing plants) but have no idea where to start? Do you wish you could name all of the plants you see on the street?
Join Selena Awesome Vicario for this interactive plant identification tour. Explore many of the native and invasive edible/medicinal plants that grow in our landscape. Learn the basic “do’s and don’ts” of urban foraging as we embrace our local ecosystem. Share tips and recipes about your favorite foraged foods. Practice your foraging and plant identification skills at this accessible activity. This plant walk is accessible to people with all abilities/disabilities; the route is wheelchair accessible, families are encouraged to attend (children must be supervised by an adult), leashed dogs are welcome to join the fun. It is never too early/late to connect with our natural environment and to build an inclusive, sustainable community together. (Plant Identification resources will be available at the information table for those who cannot attend the walk).

Sunday, July 10, 1 to 2 pm
Italian American Museum of Cleveland
Location: Italian American Museum of Cleveland, 12111 Mayfield Rd
Italian Immigrant Gardens
Presented by Pamela Dorazio Dean, Director, Italian American Museum of Cleveland

Join Pamela Dorazio Dean for a discussion and exploration of the history and tradition of the Italian immigrant gardens that were first cultivated in the United States during the early 20th century. The presentation will include a special focus on the immigrant gardens of Cleveland’s Little Italy.