Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know Fall's finest with today's Groupon to Cleveland Botanical Garden's second annual Ripe! Fest. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get two admission tickets to Ripe! Fest on Friday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:23 p.m. (up to a $24 value).
- For $14, you get two admission tickets to Ripe! Fest on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:21 p.m. (up to a $24 value).
- For $14, you get two admission tickets to Ripe! Fest on Sunday, September 25 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:19 p.m. (up to a $24 value).
Spread over 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens, Cleveland Botanical Garden’s second annual three-day Ripe! Fest celebrates local chefs and farmers with live cooking demonstrations, live musical performances, culinary and gardening programs for children and adults, and a marketplace of vendors who purvey sustainable products. Navigating the festival guides green enthusiasts through nearly one dozen formal and informal gardens, skipping by the pebbled trails of the Japanese garden or sniffing at the aromatic petals of the Mary Ann Sears Swetland rose garden.
Guests craving knowledge can check out a culinary program such as "Backyard Pizza Garden" with chef Dean DeLuciano or gardening programs including "Bees and Honey" by members of Cuyahoga County Beekeepers Association (dates and times TBA). Tremont Tap House and Indigo Imp Brewery tap into their local brews for sips from and dips in their Olympic-sized brewing vats. Children can motor toward the pedal-tractor trail, clamber over the interactive farm funhouse, or discern the palatable variations between gala, red delicious, and juicy-juice apples in a cider-making class. Festivities are held rain or shine and end at sundown.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
To most, the garden featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is purely make-believe. But not to people who've smelled the chocolate-scented varietals blooming amongst hidden trails and a climbable tree house at the Hershey Children's Garden. This sweet-smelling garden is just one of the Cleveland Botanical Garden's 20 gardens, which encompass everything from 3,500 herb plants to lotuses and water lilies floating atop a 74-foot-long reflecting pool. Vibrant hydrangeas complement sculptures in an art garden, while the Guren Art Gallery's ever-changing exhibits spotlight new work inspired by botany and the power of pruning shears.
Shaded boardwalks and winding trails connect all these visual splendors, eventually leading visitors to the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Divided into a Madagascar desert and a Costa Rican rainforest, the glasshouse showcases 50 types of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, plus 350 exotic plants, including a colossal strangler fig. Experts shine a light on such specimens during botanical lectures, which are one of many educational programs the garden offers, ranging from gardening symposia to kids science classes.
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