Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show Tickets Now on Sale at http://www.cbgarden.org

- Largest Outdoor Flower Show in the Country Returns to Cleveland May 27 – 30, 2005

- Discounts Apply For Advance Sales, Groups

CLEVELAND, April 4 /PRNewswire/ — Advance, discounted tickets to Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show, the largest outdoor flower show in North America (May 27 – 30, 2005), are now on sale through the Garden’s website at http://www.cbgarden.org/ . In the Cleveland region, general admission tickets are also available at all Heinen’s Fine Foods locations and at the Garden. Advance tickets are $12 for Garden members and $16 for nonmembers (member discounts available only online and through the Garden). The Show also welcomes groups of 20 or more visitors with specially priced admission, complimentary motor coach parking, specially priced box lunches, and more.

Cleveland Botanical Garden is located in the heart of University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural district, across from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The address is 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106 (phone: 216.721.1600 or 888.853.7091).

Presented by National City Private Client Group, the Show is modeled after the Royal Botanical Society’s famed Chelsea Flower Show in London, and it is the only outdoor flower show honored with Major Show status by both National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Garden Club of America. The Show also hosts expert lectures and demonstrations and a world class horticulture and flower arranging competition. The centerpiece is always ten award-winning acres of more than 30 spectacular gardens – both new ones created especially for the Show and the Garden’s many significant collection gardens.

“We bring about 30,000 visitors through the Show in four days,” says Brian E. Holley, the Garden’s executive director. “It is one of the Midwest’s premier horticultural experiences, a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend, and a perfect opportunity for garden-lovers and neophytes alike to embrace beautiful gardens and the new gardening season.”

A lovely garden is a work of art. The creative teams planning the 2005 Show are taking that idea and running with it. The Show’s theme, “The Garden as Art,” explores the natural affinities between the worlds of horticulture and the visual arts. “We’re working with the area’s top talent,” says Holley, “to bring out surprising harmonies between the twin elements of horticulture and art.”

Many all-new gardens are being created especially for the Show. The featured theme garden, “Living Rooms – Bringing the Inside Out,” is a collaboration between the landscaping firm DTR Associates and nationally recognized artist Penny Rakoff. A unique collaboration between an artist and a landscape design firm, “Living Rooms – Bringing the Inside Out” is an elegant yet whimsical space that unifies the worlds of interior and landscape design.

World renowned floral designer Hitomi Gilliam is the Keynote Speaker at a special ticketed luncheon on May 27 ($65/member; $80/nonmember; $150/patron). East meets west as Gilliam, who attracts large audiences wherever she speaks, introduces the newest trends in international design and explores the creative potentials of contemporary floral artistry. She has won awards from the U.S. and Mexico to England and Japan and is the author of definitive books on flower arranging.

In addition, The American Horticultural Society Lecture Series, running Saturday through Monday of the Show, features free (with Show admission) talks by some of the country’s foremost horticulturists, nurserymen and garden designers, including Katy Moss Warner, president of The American Horticultural Society (AHS). Better Homes and Gardens’ Elvin McDonald, “the dean of American garden writers,” will present a humorous take on the social history of gardening from his forthcoming book, The Gardening Husband. (See http://www.cbgarden.org/ for a complete list of speakers and topics.)

“Grand Promenade,” a magical preview party benefiting the Garden’s education and urban outreach programs, will be held during the evening of Thursday, May 26, 2005 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at $250, $500 and $1,000, with corporate tables of ten at $5,000 and $10,000. Call 216.707.2819 for more information and to order tickets.

The Garden is also pleased to offer its out-of-town visitors a splendid way to take in the Flower Show while enjoying the comforts and amenities of three fabulous options for accommodations. Visitors may inquire about specials for Cleveland Botanical Garden guests with its preferred hotels: Glidden House (Inn at University Circle, 216.231.8900; 800.759.8358 or InterContinental Hotels Cleveland (Suites or Conference Center Hotel, 877.707.8999).

Cleveland Botanical Garden, which began as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland, the country’s first urban garden center, celebrates its 75th anniversary year in 2005. A nonprofit garden, the institution is a national leader in urban horticulture and botanical education. From its 10-acre campus in University Circle to three inter-city learning gardens and dozens of outdoor classrooms at area schools, the Garden has introduced the benefits of gardening to thousands of people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities. Since its founding in 1930, education has been the core of the Garden’s mission, guiding expansion in recent years to include urban outreach, school programs that support national academic standards, and sustainable economic development. It has 6,000 members and bi-annually hosts the nation’s largest outdoor flower show. The Garden’s website is at http://www.cbgarden.org/ .

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