realNEO HD360 1: 2010-01-08; 15:30: Rockefeller Greenhouse in Winter 2010 1

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 22:22.

360 degree high definition (1080i) panorama of the back right bay of the Rockefeller Greenhouse interior public display area, with view of back left bay, featuring cacti.

The Rockefeller Greenhouse is the City of Cleveland greenhouse, located in historic Rockefeller Park, featuring the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Rockefeller Greenhouse is free and open to the public every day, including weekends and holidays, from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Title: realNEO HD 360 1: 2010-01-08;  15:30: Rockefeller Greenhouse in Winter 2010 1
Producer: Norm Roulet
Location: Rockefeller Greenhouse, Rockefeller Park, Cleveland, Ohio, realNEO
Date: 2010 - 01 - 08
Time: 3:30 pm
Format: 1080i
Camera: Panasonic AG-HMC40P

Tags: "realneo HD 360" REALNEO "Rockefeller Greenhouse" cacti "City of Cleveland" greenhouse historic "Rockefeller Park" "Cleveland Cultural Gardens" free "John D. Rockefeller"

From their website, found at

The first 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. While city beautification is still one of our goals, the Greenhouse and grounds have since evolved into a Botanical garden with specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens.

The Japanese Garden was developed during the 1960s. This picturesque garden recreates a Japanese courtyard with its bamboo hut, gently running water basin, and pond. Of special interest is the metasequoia, or Dawn Redwood tree located across from the running water basin. The tree was grown from one of six seeds brought from Japan.

The Betty Ott Talking Garden uses tape-recorded descriptions to guide sight-impaired visitors. Plants here are chosen for their appeal to all the senses. A raised bed invites visitors to touch and smell the plants, and signs give information in both Roman and Braille type. This is one of only a few such special-interest gardens in the country.

The Mall is a traditional formal garden with clipped hedges enclosing the manicured grass center. The corner statues represent the four seasons.

Throughout the summer, the Latin American Garden showcases cacti, succulents, flowering plants, and tropical fruits found in the Latin region of Central and South America.

A stroll along the winding path of the Peace Garden takes visitors through an old-fashioned gazebo and rose, herb, and perennial gardens.

Inside the Greenhouse, visitors can experience:

  • Tropical fruits and palms including citrus trees and banana plants.
  • Seasonal flowers in the main showhouse featuring spectacular holiday poinsettias, spring bulbs, and flowering plant displays throughout the year.
  • A variety of ferns and a sunken carpet of baby tears.
  • The southwestern desert setting of the cactus house.
  • Exotic orchids and bromeliads displayed in bloom.

The Greenhouse is easily accessible from I-90.

Take the Martin Luther King Drive exit (about 5 miles east of downtown Cleveland).

Go south on MLK, then follow the signs taking the first left onto the ramp to East 88th street.

From the south, follow MLK Drive north. Follow the signs turning right on the East 88th Street ramp.

The Greenhouse is on the top of the hill on the right.

750 East 88th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44108

thank you Norm

 The Rockefeller Greenhouse is my winter escape from the seasonal affective madness of late January and February. The orchids are in bloom at this time. The cactus room has a picnic table. It is a great place to go in the dead of winter, take off the winter gear, and have a picnic. Watch those grapefruit trees, though. When those fruit drop, you don't want to be under them.

Thanks for capturing this on video. I am very much enjoying your videos. 

Thanks Norm.  Nice video of

Thanks Norm.  Nice video of the greenhouse plants.  I enjoyed it.

A colorful place to call home

REALNEO has dark, grey times, for sure, but we are a community of colorful people and places. In Winter, it is hard to find the color in our places... I looked for days... then I thought of the most colorful place in town. I thought we would all enjoy the break.

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and it is free

It is right off the shoreway, easy to get to. Besides being free, it is handicap accessible, usually quiet, and always warm (walk the outside gardens in the summer).  

Lots of benches for quiet reflection

Open 365 days of the year, from 10 AM - 4 PM, and a great area to walk even in winter.

But, do they have wifi?

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wifi and quiet reflection

 this seems to contrast. I would not want to share my picnic table or bench with someone not in the moment of the surroundings. Some places are better without the intrusion of information technology.

overcast sky of Cleveland

In the last month or more, we have had very few days of sun. It got cold and stayed cold since late November.  Then I remember the videos of the greenhouse that Norm shot last winter. He posted them 1/8/10 so I see that I am right on schedule with the need to see green plants, cacti and flowers in bloom. Again, thank you, Norm.