By Ken Quiggle
Did you know that the Finnish Heritage Museum is now the sponsor of the Finnish Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens? Our museum is collaborating with former sponsor members to maintain and improve the Finnish Garden.
This year 2016, is the one hundredth anniversary of the Cultural Gardens on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Cleveland. A big effort is underway to make 2016 a memorable anniversary with events such as the Centennial Gala and One World Day.
Next year 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Finland. This is why we want to enhance the appearance of the Finnish Garden by improving the landscape with plantings that reflect the Nordic Finnish Culture.
As you may know, the Finnish Heritage Museum is organization of all volunteers. We depend on donations and a very reasonable dues structure plus sales at our gift shop to support our programs and maintain our museum. We are hoping to generate some interest in this new project not only from our members but also those Finns and Finn lovers in the Cleveland and greater Cleveland area. We will be looking for people to help with landscape maintenance in the spring and through the summer. Of course we will also need financial support as well. Any amount is welcome and will go exclusively to improve and enhance the Finnish Cultural Garden. Some of us have already put some hours into trimming, raking and planting.
Please consider donating your time and/or sending a donation to the Finnish Heritage Museum, 301 High St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077, and designate it to the Garden.
Thank you for your consideration and please visit this site for more information on volunteering at the Garden this Spring and Summer.
Additional pictures: Runeberg on the left and Snellman on the right.