Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cleveland Rocks!

Today we drove to Cleveland to take my fathers wife to Cleveland Clinic. She had to go for a surgical follow up appointment. It is about 3 hours from where we live. Luckily it was a great day for a drive.
While they were at the appointment, we decided to drive around instead of sitting in the waiting room. On the way to the clinic, we drove through Rockefeller Park, and decided to go back to check it out.
We stopped and took some pictures of this pond....

and the wildlife that was there.

Chris picked the right street to drive up. We found The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse.
Plans for the City Greenhouse were presented in 1902. Three years later the first units were completed on a portion of the 270 acres donated to the City by John D. Rockefeller. The Greenhouse was initially used solely for growing the plants used to landscape City parks and gardens. The Greenhouse and grounds have since evolved into a Botanical garden with specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens.

There are exotic Orchids and Bromeliads displayed in bloom.

This is one of the Orchids. (Ladies Slipper)

Click HERE to check out their website.

This is a Gardenia. It is warm weather shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall.

This tree is growing along the winding paths of one of the outdoor gardens.
After our exciting day, we started the long drive home. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Erie for dinner.
We didn't expect to enjoy ourselves while in Cleveland, but we really did. The best part is that it was free!


Jean said...

How great that you found something to do that you could enjoy so much! Great pics! I'm sure you have more! Mom

Ann said...

What a nice visit you had. Lovely pictures of the flowers. I like eating at Cracker Barrel but we don't have one in our town so we only get to do that on trips out of town too. Hope your enjoying spring! Ann

Zoey said...

What a great idea to turn a routine trip into something exciting! I hope everything went well with your Dad's wife.

Rachel said...

After so much snow, seeing all the flowers was probably a breath of fresh air!...beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Chris & laurie Ann, that tree looks like it might be almost as old as me!
Uncle John

Tammy said...

If I had known you were coming I would have baked a! I'm glad you had a good time, I've not been to Cleveland yet...I live near Columbus.
PS...luv me some Crackerbarrel chickin' and dumplins!!