Frequently Asked Questions

For Everyone

GardenWalk Cleveland is a rain or shine event.

GardenWalk is back! GardenWalk 2017 tours will be July 8 & 9 from 10AM to 5PM.

For Walkers

GardenWalk Cleveland is a free event.

Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and/or a hat, water, and in the case of a rainy forecast, an umbrella or waterproof outerwear. 

Maps - that can be printed or downloaded onto a smartphone - of each neighborhood showing the location of the neighborhood headquarters and the participating gardens will be posted on this website in advance of the event.  In addition, the maps will be compiled into a newsprint guide that will be available at the neighborhood headquarters.  The guides will also be available at many coffee shops, libraries and other sites.

Look for "GardenWalk Cleveland" signs in front yards.  Each sign will be marked to indicate which parts of a particular garden are open to walkers, be it the front, side or back garden(s).

There are no designated parking areas for the event.  Please park in a legal on-street parking space or public parking lot.

A GardenWalk headquarters is located in each neighborhood which offers access to restrooms.  The location of the headquaters is shown on the maps.  We recommend bringing your own water bottle that you can re-fill at the headquaters, but cups will be available.

If the yard sign has a "no dogs" sticker on it, then the garden owner has requested that walkers not bring dogs onto their property.  Please also respect gardener's verbal requests on this matter.

For Gardeners

No. We need gardeners to commit to have their gardens open for both days.  We pre-print the map guide and do not want the walkers to meet with disappointment by arriving at your garden only to find it closed.  Note, however, that you do not need to be at home during the walk if you so choose.

We do not require that you be in your garden, or indeed even be at home during the event.  We want to point out, however, that many of the gardeners who participated in the event last year reported that they enjoyed meeting and discussing their gardens with the walkers.  Other gardeners who were not in their gardens provided a guest book where walkers could leave comments.  It's entirely up to you to decide the degree to which you want to engage with the walkers.

Someone from the GardenWalk Cleveland committee who has volunteered to be the "Garden Finder" for your neighborhood will review your application and will ensure that you receive a postcard confirmation.

The volunteer "Garden Finder" for your neighborhood will ensure that you have a sign before the event.

You do not.  Every neighborhood will have a designated GardenWalk headquarters where walkers can obtain water and access restrooms.  The location of the headquarters will be shown on the GardenWalk map for your neighborhood. 

No, the GardenWalk is about building community, and we ask that you refrain from sales of any kind. 

Yes, please fill out a new application - it will only take a few minutes.  We need all participants to re-apply as garden information from each year is stored separately and maps built from that data each year, and because we re-evaluate neighborhood garden clusters.