Frequently Asked Questions

For Everyone

GardenWalk Cleveland is a rain or shine event.

GardenWalk is back! GardenWalk 2018 tours will be July 7 & 8 from 10AM to 5PM. Saturday, July 7th in West Park and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods. Sunday, July 8th in Little Italy, North Collinwood, and Slavic Village/Broadway neighborhoods.

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 refreshment stations 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 refreshment stations.  The guides will also be available at many Dave's Markets, 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.

GardenWalk Refreshment Stations are located in each neighborhood and will provide access to restrooms.  The location of the Refreshment Stations are shown on the maps.  We recommend bringing your own water bottle that you can re-fill at the Refreshment Stations.

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

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 designated Refreshment Stations where walkers can obtain water and access restrooms.  The location of the Refreshment Stations 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.