Detroit Shoreway

The Detroit Shoreway neighborhood is featured in GardenWalk 2018 on Saturday, July 7th ONLY, from 10am-5pm.

Detroit Shoreway is two miles west of downtown Cleveland and is connected to Lake Erie and the 151 acre Edgewater Park via the recently opened West 73rd Street Underpass, the West 65th Street bike/walking trail, and the West 76th Street bike/walking trail. Gordon Square was the heart of the area until the late 1930s. Now re-branded and revitalized as the Gordon Square Arts District, West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue has again become the commercial center of the neighborhood, anchored by three theaters and the historic Arcade Building. This neighborhood of 12,000 residents is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in the city of Cleveland. To learn more about Detroit Shoreway visit the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) website or follow DSCDO on social media by using the handle @detroitshoreway.

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Neighborhood Map

Gardens in Detroit Shoreway

  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Fruits, vegetables, perennials, annuals, and a new addition of a rain garden to the side of the front yard. Both sun and shade plantings.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Two rain gardens-one in front and one on the east side. Patio with picnic table. Annuals and perennials throughout. Stately large trees in side yard.
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  • Refreshment Station
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Tranquil garden oasis with large pond and waterfall. Outdoor living and dining spaces make the backyard a relaxing place to be. I hope you enjoy it!
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    The backyard is transforming into our grandchildren's play space along with our perennial flower beds, vegetable garden & fruit trees.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Nearly all perennials from shade to full sun. Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush, Red Currents, and Trumpet Vine as well. Unique cedar fence and gate.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    The highlights of this double-lot cottage garden include an expansive rose collection, a chicken coop, raised vegetable beds and fruit trees.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Solar panels on the garage roof. Fountain made from recycled plow blade. Mural on garage wall; old brick border wall. Evergreens/annuals. New patio.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    A garden filled with love, kittens, bikes, tropical flowers, veggies, and smiles.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    A very welcoming, enchanting, whimsical area. Full of life, comfort and so much to see within a small space. Enjoy the outside home!
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front flower bed of roses and hyrdrangea; backyard permaculture garden installed 4 years ago contains multiple berry bushes, plants & fruit trees.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Eclectic, continuous work-in-progress. Plants from several generations of family gardeners are included.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    A little piece of the old homestead in the middle of the city. An Emerald Necklace neighbor habitat. Well-shaded yard - perfect on a hot, sunny day.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Elegant front yard with small Koi pond in the back yard.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Our little piece of paradise. A little spot of serenity with a cute little greenhouse in the back of the backyard.
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  • Refreshment Station
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Our garden is a gathering place for friends, family, community...... A large pavilion for shade, a tropical oasis in the heart of the city.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Established rhododendrons in front yard along porch. Front, side and back yard in transition from chaos to order.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front yard is evolving into a native habitat. Chickens in back yard, along with gardens.
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  • Community Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Staff and patrons learn about and help plant, care for, and harvest produce and herbs from this garden yearly.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Our side yard to the east of the house has a pond visible from the sidewalk with gold fish and native plants/herbs around it.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    A bright, colorful house surrounded by an eclectic mix of annuals, perennials, herbs & vegetables. Come walk through the garden and feel the love!
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    The front yard has a large PeeGee Hydrangea that is at least 50 years old, as are the shrub roses in the side yard. Colorful backyard.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Vegetable garden, rain barrels, flowers, and recycled glass and stone planting beds adorn historic home.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    See our roses, clematis, a trumpet vine, and more, framed in a white picket fence, creating a big, beautiful hideaway in the city.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This is a large home garden featuring fruit trees and bushes and a large variety of lilies.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front yard is pretty plain but backyard is full of fruit trees, a vegetable garden and chickens. A space brimming with life.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Small front yard area with Hosta plants,Lilies & others. Porch has several flower boxes and hanging baskets which contain many geraniums.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: Less than 1 year
    New landscaping after a renovation of this formerly condemned house. The monochromatic scheme is a creative experiment reflective of the artist/owner.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Russian Sage, Bee Balm - who knows which of these native plants will show? All watered via a large rain garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Plantings elevated with red granite pavers from trans-atlantic ballast. Rear gardens feature CMA exhibition banners and vintage "seahorses" birdbath.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front rock garden is bisected stone cement walkway. Treelawn has recovered chipped bricks.
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  • Special Feature
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    This Garden is 100% organic & utilizes approximately 200 gallons of compost annually. It replicates the historic backyard Italian "giardinos".
  • Refreshment Station
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Created/maintained by the W Clinton Block Club, featuring a meditation walk by local artist Melissa Daubert and a sculpture by the late John Jackson.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Charming 19th century colonial home with romantic side yard complete with large weeping cherry tree. Abundant greenery frames classic front porch.
  • Community Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Community green space, orchard and vegetable garden. Bramble rows, fruit trees, perennial hopps and asparagus. Tables and benches to rest.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    While we inherited the mature fruit plants from previous owners we have spent the last 7 years working to make the yard the family space it is now.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Front lawn is an English-style flower bed while the backyard sports birdhouses, climbing tomatoes, and a salsa garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Tree lawn prairie (or jungle depending on who you are talking to) with raspberries, native plants and bulbs. New raised beds added this year.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Park like atmosphere with colorful flowers, bushes, fruit trees, etc.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Stately front yard garden with hydrangeas, hostas and more.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front rain garden leads to side yard transitioning from native plants to fruit trees and brambles. Back yard centered around kids' "treehouse" arbor.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Perennial garden centered by weeping cherry tree, grape vines along driveway,stone patio with arborvitae fencing.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Flowers, flowers, flowers! A profusion of foliage and color. Fish in a small pond! Best front porch on the street!
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  • Community Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Our garden, a gateway to Edgewater Hill, features vegetables, herbs, flowers, berry patches, greenhouse, and a community gathering space and fire pit.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Glenn's Bohemian courtyard garden is filled with perennials and whimsical yard art. His sidewalk patio is where neighbors enjoy the summer beauty.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This boutique garden has a slight beach vibe- showcasing Mary E. Kenney florals accompanied by live music courtesy of Terry McHale & Mike Shields!
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Front yard of century Victorian is filled with native plants which require low maintenance and water requirements, also attracting native wildlife.
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  • Special Feature
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Community bocce courts with lighting and re-purposed iron fencing. Native trees, bushes, flowers, and arborvitae fencing.
  • Special Feature
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    In this garden members of Bethany Presbyterian Church grow Vegetables and Herbs which are distributed at our Friday Night Community Meals.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Flower Gardens in front and back of lovely Victorian home.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Urban patio garden behind the mixed use building that hosts Banter Beer & Wine, bar/retailer that features craft beers, regional wines and poutine.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Our urban backyard is home to 6 chickens, blackberries, raspberries and various vegetables.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Garden features a chicken coop and some interesting chickens.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Place of peace. Colorfully adorned.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Open, friendly green space. Provides place of rest and respite.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Shade garden in the front yard, sunny perennial garden and vegetable gardens in the back yard.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Brick walks & a patio or two leading from sun to shade areas. Over-stuffed planting beads with trees, shrubs & perennials hopefully in bloom.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Peace Porch including Queen of Heaven Night-Blooming Cereus, Bird of Paradise, succulents and cacti, herbs and salad greens.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    This wildlife certified native front yard is now host for monarchs, visit/stop for eastern swallowtails, and most recently humming birds.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Walking into this garden is like taking a mini-trip to Italy! It's a slice of the "old country".
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Stately front and side yards. Backyard paradise with large array of plants, shrubs and trees and set-back retreat space in the rear.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Meticulous yard and stellar gardens adorn this beautiful Victorian home, with climbing roses, rose bushes, hostas and large vegetable garden in back.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Garden is a perennial garden with some annuals, hanging plants and a food garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: Less than 1 year
    Blossoming tree and flowering bushes on a shady street of Victorians.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: Less than 1 year
    This is a large house with a small, but well-maintained garden on one of Detroit-Shoreway's most charming streets.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Our front yard features a rain garden and other long-established plants. The yard has been evolving since installation.
  • Special Feature
    Garden Age: Less than 1 year
    Colorful and creative botanical chalk drawings expand the garden onto the sidewalk at 7708 Franklin Blvd. *Display is weather permitting.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    The front features art on the porch and flowers all over. The back has art on the shed, flowers beds and a rock garden accented with hen and chicks.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Well-established front garden adorns stately home.
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  • Refreshment Station
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    The outer world reflects the inner. A woodland garden with human interference. Erratic, eclectic, a sui generis. Remember:nature dislikes gardening!
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Mix of paths and seating areas with mixed foliage, bird houses, two ponds, pool area. Some areas still under construction.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Backyard garden retreat. Pollinator perennials. Fruit trees & berries. Chickens now roosting too. Raised bed veggie garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Front yard has an assortment of hanging plants, climbing Roses bushes, Hostas and Hydrangea bushes plus a 3 year old Pinky Winky Tree.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Victorian-era home with annuals, perennials, tomatoes eggplants, peppers, beans and herbs. Flowers started from seeds in the greenhouse next door.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Yard features rock garden from re-purposed rocks,stones & boulders with perennials, annuals & vegetables grown from the family greenhouse.
  • Community Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Features heart-shaped garden in front. Vegetable plant boxes to be shared are started in the greenhouse on Grace by the Pawlus family. Yard art, too.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Small front garden of annuals, Canna lilies and perennials. Tree lawn garden with re-purposed garden borders.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Tiny century home with small annual, bulb and perennial front yard garden. Located next to Graces Gardens Community Garden.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Beautiful Victorian era home,tastefully landscaped with a variety of perennials,annuals and vegetables as well as strategically placed,salvaged rocks.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Sweet Victorian era Century home with small perennial annual garden in front, hanging potters on porch.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Small front yard with a garden of perennials and annuals.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Features small front garden with a high tunnel 20x48 greenhouse in the backyard that grows flowers and vegetables almost year-round. A Must-See.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Beautiful I-90 greenspace featuring maple, plum, apple, mulberry, pines & walnut trees plus forsythia & butterfly weeds grown post-building of I-90.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Simple flower garden of annuals to brighten up the front yard.

Gardener Stories

Bernie and Civita met in an English language class shortly after they had both emigrated to the US. Bernie came from Germany at age 19 and Civita from Italy at age 16. They have been married for 52 years and raised 5 daughters in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

The house at 1329 West 65 street was built by a carpenter for his family in 1900. In 1942 the Isabella family bought the house for $5,231.00. Mr Isabella was a baker and he and his wife raised 9 children in the house. Ann Isabella, a daughter, described it as" a happy house", when she sold it to the present owner on Christmas Day in 1989. Alex remembered that day, ”My cousin, Branko, with whom I grew up in the former Yugoslavia, was present.  He took a photograph of me holding the key to the house.  It was my first house, at the age of 40...”

The neighborhood was rugged, loud and uncertain.The surrounding houses were occupied by transient tenants, coming and going, leaving their unwanted wounds on the tree lawn behind them. 

Mark DiDonato with chicken

Mark was born in Akron and came to Cleveland in 1994 to attend John Carroll University. He left after college and returned in 2004, living initially in Ohio City, before buying his present home in 2005. Mark’s back yard looks like a little farm with raspberry and blackberry bushes growing next to a concrete driveway and numerous containers seeded with vegetables. Mark has six hens, an arauchana who lays blue eggs and two handsome black and white rock hens. Mark and his grandfather built the multi-level henhouse which provides an area to lay eggs and a lower level where they scratch for worms in last year’s composting leaves. Mark is planning to build a spiral herb garden where the micro climes within the spiral accommodate different types of herbs.

Charles and Randy  bought their home in 1988. The house had been a boarding house for the previous thirty five years and every inch of the garden was paved over for parking. Once all the cement had been removed they found several inches of sand, which Charles discovered indicates that the land was once lakefront property.  Initially Charles mapped out what he wanted in the garden. They reused  sandstone slabs they found to create walkways and designed and built the deck which wraps around the west side of the house from the back.  A hemlock, weeping cypress, and pussy willow can be found in the back yard. Charles is very proud of his hosta gardens, gladiolus and hydrangeas which bloom prolifically thanks to the coffee grounds he digs in around their roots.

Dave was born and raised in Parma. He and his wife Sharon Hines moved into their present home in 2004 and have been developing the garden ever since. Dave wrote up a proposal so that he could rent land from the railroad. Three years ago they planted their orchard on that land which is directly behind their lot. They have the following fruit trees, apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, a grape vine, blueberries and brambles a paw paw and a butternut tree--- a total of about 30 trees. Dave installed his second bee hive this past weekend. The hives are kept on the garage roof. Dave and Sharon also have a traditional vegetable garden and four hens. The yard is decorated with Sharon's artistic flourishes and well placed yard art.