Name your garden! BAYarts creates botanical destination

The Memorial Garden for Ruth Purdy Leslie at BAYarts features student-created garden art.

Thanks to the efforts of Cleveland Metroparks and Maple Leaf Landscaping, the Fuller House is not the only new attraction on the BAYarts campus. As a result of the Fuller restoration project, Cleveland Metroparks saw a need for updating the campus walkways, creating accessibility in an aesthetically inviting way.

The meandering paths that lead from Huntington Playhouse to BAYarts inspired new garden spaces. Kicked off by the Village Foundation with a "Welcome Garden," naming rights have been procured by various individuals and groups through donations. Working with landscape designer Julia Shutt of Maple Leaf, who have donated their services and labor, the owners' personal input is reflected in each garden.

Plant material has been purchased using the funding, with additional donations from Cahoon Nursery, Gale's Westlake Garden Center, The Rockpile and Landmark. The gardens are lovingly maintained by volunteers Linda Purdy and Patrick Graham.

There's more to see and more developing. For information on how you or your group can sponsor a garden and be part of history, please contact BAYarts at or 440-871-6543.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:45 PM, 08.09.2011