Tulips in bloom in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Last fall, volunteers gathered to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden. Now their efforts have paid off.

Turkish Cultural Garden
Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots. Many cultivated varieties of tulips were widely grown in Turkey long before they were brought to Holland from Turkey In the 16th Century.

Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time between 1718-1730 is called the “Tulip Era of Turkey”. It was under the reign of sultan Ahmed III and tulips became an important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life during this peaceful time.

The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word “tulbend” or “turban”, which the flower resembles. It’s considered as the King of Bulbs.

See more of the tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden Update

The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 7th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 74th independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.  See photos and videos of Lebanon Day 2017.

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans
Lebanese Cultural Garden plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the ceremony they gave an update on the proposed Lebanese Cultural Garden.
 

 

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 – 94 years ago. Last year in 2016 the Cleveland Turkish community dedicated the new Turkish Cultural Garden.

They gathered again one year later on Sunday October 29, 2017 to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden.

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden
Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots.

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in the Croatian Cultural Garden

The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Cleveland (Eastlake) Ohio is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture, source materials, and artifacts. They hosted a concert of Croatian tamburitza music in the Croatian Cultural Garden on Sunday September 17, 2017.

The Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performed a concert of traditional Croatian tamburitza music

Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden
Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

See photos and videos from the Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

 

Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America

The Choir gave a beautiful performance with selections in Hungarian and English at the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Walton Hills in the evening. In the morning they toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden.

Selfie with Ady in the Hungarian Garden
Selfie with Ady in the Hungarian Garden

See more photos and videos from the Choir in the Hungarian Garden

 

Dining with Duchnovic in Rusin Garden

Rusyns and friends gathered in the Rusin Cultural Garden on Sunday July 23, 2017 for a musical picnic. The bust of Aleksander Duchnovic became the focal point as the picnic turned into a sing-along, dance and czardas lessons accompanied by the accordion music of Tom Katrenich.

Rusin Cultural Garden
Rusin Cultural Garden

Rusin Cultural Garden

Rusin Cultural Garden

 

Chinese Cultural Garden

In this video, Anthony Yen and Dr. Wang Yunmei spoke about the Chinese Garden, part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, to the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers at The Pearl Asian Kitchen. They emphasized the importance of teachers who are honored in the Chinese Garden each year.

They also spoke about the huge 7.5 ton granite Confucius statue and the male and female lion statues which protect the Chinese Garden.

Lebanese Cultural Garden Update

A presentation was made on the current status an future plans for the Lebanese Cultural Garden by Natalie Ronayne, Chairperson of the Lebanese Cultural Garden Committee, and committee member Amy McDonald at the celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland City Hall. 

Natalie Ronayne showing plans for Lebanese Cultural Garden
Natalie Ronayne showing plans for Lebanese Cultural Garden

Photos and videos of the Lebanese Garden presentation

Finnish Cultural Garden on Kid’s Day

The Finnish Cultural Garden was dedicated September 14, 1958. On the first annual Kid’s Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, kids (of all ages) learned about the Finnish language, culture, history, geography and more. (Did you know that Angry Birds was created in Finland?)

Ken Quiggle of the Finnish Cultural Garden was one of the co-chairs of Kid’s Day in the Gardens. When the group arrived at the Finnish Garden Ken welcomed them and explained the various activities such as having the Finnish flag painted on your hand or making your own Finnish flag.

Painting a Finnish Flag on a girls hand
Painting a Finnish Flag on a girls hand

See more from the Finnish Garden on Kid’s Day

 

Estonian Cultural Garden on Kid’s Day

The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. On the first annual Kid’s Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, kids (of all ages) learned about the Estonian language, culture, history, geography and more.

Teevi Champa of the Estonian Cultural Garden was one of the co-chairs of Kid’s Day in the Gardens. When the group arrived at the Estonian Garden Teevi and Erika Puussarwelcomed them and explained the various activities. The kids colored pictures of a Cornflower which is the national flower of Estonia.

Then story time with Erika Puussar where the kids learned to say dog (koer) in Estonian, and they played the Bees in the Garden game led by Teevi Champa that every kid plays in Estonia.

Playing an Estonian Game
Playing an Estonian Game

See more from the Estonian Garden on Kid’s Day