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The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse had its origins more than a century ago. The first plans for the City Garden, as it was originally called, were presented in 1902. Three years later the first units were completed on a portion of the 200 plus acres donated to the City by John D. Rockefeller.
At first the Greenhouse was used solely for growing the plants used to landscape City Parks and Gardens. While City beautification is still a major goal, the Greenhouse and grounds have evolved into a botanical garden with specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens.
Read about the Rockefeller Park legacy in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
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The Bird of Paradise, or Strelitzia, is a genus of five species of perennial plants native to South Africa. This is just one of the many exotic plants on display at the Greenhouse.