Little Italy

The Little Italy neighborhood is featured in GardenWalk 2018 on Sunday, July 8th ONLY, from 10am-5pm.

One of the city’s most enduring neighborhoods, Little Italy began as a community of Italian stone masons for Lakeview Cemetery.  Today it continues to celebrate its Italian heritage while offering variable housing options for workers from nearby hospitals and universities.  Garden spaces are many and varied in this one-square-mile area.

Transportation

There are many ways to access the gardens in Little Italy. There are two RTA stops – one on Mayfield Road and the other on Cedar Road. There are free UCI shuttle stops throughout the neighborhood. For a list of stops on the shuttle, go to www.universitycircle/circlelink.com. A parking lot at E. 119th St. and Mayfield Road is available. (You can use the Parkmobile app to pay. For more information contact parkmobile.com.) Or rent a bicycle at three locations: Tony Brush Park (Random & Mayfield Rds.), CWRU Dental School on Cornell Road and across the street from Rainbow Hospital on Adelbert Road.

Refreshment Stations

Pick up a GardenWalk Guide, a cool drink, or a light snack!

Download printable map: Little Italy neighborhood (PDF)

Neighborhood Map

Gardens in Little Italy

  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    This is a heritage garden created by Alta House Montessori students. Plants are identified with plaques to share stories behind their inclusion in th
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This shared garden between neighbors includes a side patio with a water feature, as well as a cutting and kitchen garden. Now that's neighborly!
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Lots of pots frame this garden of wildflowers and native plants.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This small, no-grass lot includes a brick patio, fruit trees and a river stone path through the garden.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    This well-maintained spot includes hydrangeas, ferns, a Lenten rose and a miniature dogwood tree, as well as flowers.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Wild and native flowers front a collection of large clay and sculpted pots w/ various plants and herbs. Structural bricks from property teardowns.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    In the family since 1926. Its three trees pollarded in European style include a sycamore about 120 years old! Rock garden includes winter-hardy cacti.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This condominium common area garden includes weeping cherry, hydrangea, hostas and other ornamentals.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    A container garden graces this front cement step.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    Flowers, vegetables, herbs and art intermingle in this no-grass yard. Back has pergola and grape arbor, side features chessboard patio.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    A pretty lawn and plants in the city.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Plants, trees and containers make up this "Best Exotic Marigold Hotspot!"
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    A decorative wall includes vines and potted plants. Hanging baskets, a Japanese Maple, hydrangeas, annuals and herbs complete the picture.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    At more than 50 years old, this garden is a tradition handed down. The soil is rich with nutrients and love in this hidden gem.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    These gardeners take great pride in the fact that some of their flowers have been transplanted here from their parents' homes.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    This is a grouping of garden collectibles among flowers and ferns. Feeders on the side draw birds to this colorful spot.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    This garden features a grape arbor and fig tree planted by the owner's grandfather, along with annual and perennial flowers and a topiary bush.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    This home and garden have been in the family for 73 years! A huge stone planter is a centerpiece in an area that is private and yet close to Cedar Rd.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    RESTAURANT. There is a lot to see at this historic 120-year-old property. Washington Place's patio is a favorite dining spot in the neighborhood.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    This shade garden is a gem hidden on a hillside of Murray Hill. It includes antique flowers and shrubs from New England.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Heirloom plants are part of this labor of love.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Succulents and ground covers fill a small front yard and tree lawn. The back garden shows how a gardener can add privacy amid a concrete sea.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: More than 20 years
    Flowers from this front garden spill onto the porch. Hummingbird feeders and stone sculptures complete the look.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    A Japanese Maple tree is surrounded by various types of roses. This small front yard welcomes visitors to the heart of Little Italy.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    Soft color and the gentle sound of foliage rustling in the breeze combine to make this an urban oasis. Come here to forget you're in the city!
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    This small front yard packs in herbs, butterfly bush, annuals, holly bushes, hydrangea, sweet woodruff, vinca, container plants and a Mary Garden.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    A flower and vegetable garden complement dwarf fruit trees and grape vines.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    This is a terraced garden with long established peonies, junipers, Japanese Maple, lambs ear, ferns, etc.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 1-2 years
    This back yard is full of colorful flowers and yard art, as well as vegetables in containers. Birdhouses attract feathered friends to enjoy the view.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 10-20 years
    This 9x12 fenced and flowered front yard is ready for its close-up!
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: Less than 1 year
    Flowers... lots of flowers.
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 5-10 years
    Sculpture and flowers make up this sweet urban spot.
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  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    RESTAURANT - This is the patio garden of Valentino's. Is this where they grow the pizzas?
  • Private (Home/Business) Garden
    Garden Age: 2-5 years
    Yards are small in this area, but this one is beautiful with perennials and annuals highlighted by a Japanese Maple.