The Holden Arboretum (located at 9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland, Ohio) has officially announced that it is exploring the possibility of unification with the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. These plans are to create one organization dedicated to improving the world through plants by building green, healthy communities as well as conserve forests and engaging our children with “green education’ here in Northeast Ohio and beyond into the future.
Both organizations are renowned for their efforts in introducing and educating the population as to the benefits of live greenery and by combining will have a far greater impact and significance than if both organizations would work separately. The shared mission of both organizations has been and will remain to have even greater impact through environmental education, applied botanical research and joint efforts to promote trees, gardens and forests for the betterment of the communities of Northeast Ohio and beyond.
“We envision our community better served by a pooling of our organizational strengths and resources,” says Natalie Ronayne, President of Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district. “By leveraging each other’s strengths, we can create the scale necessary to become a regional and national leader in environmental stewardship and sustainable practices for community health.”
Along with the continuing work and research that is being done, the combining of Holden Arboretum and The Cleveland Botanical gardens would create the 13th largest public garden space in the country. By doing this combining it would provide a new institution with a greater ability to raise funds, attract top gardening talent as well as more effectively serving its members, visitors and the general community.
What this combination does for Northeast Ohio residents is to offer the integration of an urban botanical garden with an exurban arboretum which is something that has never been attempted in the United States before now.
While there is a tremendous amount of work to do in order to see this dream come true, both organizations wish to make assure their visitors and members that they will be doing everything in their power to see that the transition is smooth.