Friday, October 5, 2007

Cleveland - Petitti's, Botanical Gardens & Environmental Awards

Mom and Sue picked me up at 8:30 this morning and we began our 3½-hour journey to Cleveland. Though the Northeast Ohio Environmental Awards and reception preceding them - the reason we were going there - didn't begin until 5:30 in the evening, we had a few other things planned, so we needed the early start to our day.

About an hour after our journey began, we were driving through Waterville, Ohio and decided to stop at George Carruth's studio, Garden Smiles. Mom and I have been here many times before, but Sue had not. George Carruth is the creator of those whimsical stone pieces you've seen in many garden centers. I have a few of them in my own gardens and home. His home store in Waterville sells seconds as well as first quality pieces and you can find new pieces there that are not yet in the catalog.

We walked around the corner to Joe Cooper Florist, where I always manage to find something I can't live without. Today it was a metal wind chime featuring a flower. We then continued on our way to Cleveland via the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 80, stopping near Avon to eat lunch at Cracker Barrel.

Avon . . . hmmmm. Mom and I got 'that look' in our eyes when we both realized the
Petitti's we'd visited in May was located within view of the interstate and was only two exits further up the road. We decided to stop in, even though we'd planned to visit their Strongsville store tomorrow. I mean, how could we just go on by, being that close?

After spending about an hour and a half browsing the store and making some purchases (Aster alpinus 'White Beauty', Coreopsis 'Autumn Blush', Digitalis obscura 'Sunset', and Dendranthema grandiflorum 'Bolero'), we then went on to Cleveland Botanical Gardens. We had about an hour to tour the gardens before we needed to change our clothes for the Environmental Awards cocktail reception being held at the gardens prior to the awards ceremony.

The reception started at 5:30 and was held on the pavilion just outside the main building. Hors d'
œuvre were served as well as drinks while we mingled, listening to live music and hearing from Natalie Ronayne, Executive Director of Cleveland Botanical Gardens as well as Bruce Klink, President of Dominion East Ohio. Dominion is the sponsor of the awards, along with the Biodiversity Alliance, which consists of Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Following the reception, we walked across Wade Oval to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where the awards ceremony took place in Murch Auditorium. Mom and Sue accepted the Honorable Mention Award ($500 and a framed botanical print) on behalf of the Van Wert Master Gardeners. We then heard a very interesting talk about Caribbean Sea Turtles by Karen Eckert, Ph.D. She was available for questions and book signing following the awards ceremony.

The Museum was open for us to browse, as was the Ralph Mueller Observatory. I'd never been in an observatory before, so I was excited about getting to see this. We viewed a couple of unique star formations through the 108-year-old refracting telescope, originally located on the roof of Case Western Reserve University's physics building.

We finally made it to our hotel room in Independence half an hour after leaving the Museum and ready for a good night's sleep following a full day. There's more planned for tomorrow, including meeting a fellow garden blogger for the first time!

Scenes from the Gardens

Gate in Hershey Children's Garden

Water Lily

Giant Frog in Hershey Children's Garden

A Cat Visits the Restorative Garden

Tuscan Wall and Entrance to The Restorative Garden

Japanese Anemones

Reflecting Pool and Fountain

Mom and Sue by the placard highlighting
the Van Wert Master Gardeners

Mom and I enjoy our Diet Cokes

Monarch Update: Romie reports there is still no butterfly emerging yet and that the chrysalis still appears the same.


Anonymous said...

You really had a very busy and interesting day!! I guess you must have been tired in the evening....
Thank you for taking us to this tour! Looking forward to seeing more pictures...
Have a nice day!

Unknown said...

Wow, what great pictures... the gardens look like they've gotten their second wind since I visited there in July/August! You lovely ladies look very stylish and it seems like you had a good time.

I had forgotten to ask you on Saturday whether you met Natalie Ronayne. I am a closet groupie of hers--I'm constantly amazed at what she's doing at the CBG, even more so when I think that she's the same age as me. (Makes me feel like I ought to get to work! lol.)

Kylee Baumle said...

Thanks, Barbara! We did indeed have a very busy and interesting day! Just wait until you see my pictures of the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens!

Kim, we didn't meet Natalie personally, although we certainly could have. This was a reception where we could have conceivably 'met' every single person there if we had made that effort. We did speak with some men from Dominion and a few others.

Natalie is quite attractive, as you know, and I'm shocked to know that she is only 31. I don't know how old I thought she was, but I would have guessed older. You know, I really am and always have been an awful judge of age! Like we talked about on Saturday, until I meet someone in person, I always assume they are close to my age. I could be both your and Natalie's mother! LOL!

verobirdie said...

Must have been a great weekend! And you made beautiful pictures to show us. Thanks a lot.

Unknown said...

OOOOH....I WANT a fat cat plaque like that!!!I'll have to find out if Garden Smiles products are up here in Nova Scotia, and if not, if they will ship to Canada.

By the way,Kylee, your book is en route...I mailed it on Friday. LOVE the card from your garden, too!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Looks like you had a busy but funfilled day. You and your Mum are two peas in a pot as far as shopping is concerned, aren't you? ;-)

Please don't put links of such fun places as Garden Smiles on your blog. It took me over half an hour to look at all the fun things on their web catalog. Very bad as I needed to get cracking with my work. ;-)

Fat cat reminds me very much of my Surprise, she's on a diet now.

Lovely pics of lovely gardens; the entrance to the children's garden is so cute! And of course there was a kittycat in the Restorative Garden, where else would a clever kitty go? :-D

Great pic of you and your Mum, both looking very stylish!

Anonymous said...

Your mom told me about the trip to Cleveland, and mentioned that I should have been there to 'see it'. I got to thinking, if I want to see everything I'll just go to Kylee's blog. Voila! Every detail well written with wonderful photography.

Well done Kylee. And thank you for the wonderful publicity!

Andy Kleinschmidt

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