The gardens are an ongoing project begun in 1957 when the family moved to the dairy farm. What was once fields and meadows has become a patchwork of gardens to entice and intrigue. Visit us and take a delightful walking tour among the gardens, some special ones to us are...
The Tea House Garden began as a garden we created for Floralscape, the Cleveland Botanical Garden's flower and garden show for many years. Beautiful in spring with giant allium, anemone blanda and euphorbia polychroma, look for heliopsis and acanthus to pop up in the summer and Russian sage, Japanese anemone and, in the fall plumbago.
The 1800's Schoolhouse was originally a smoke house that had stood at a nearby farm. Using the original bricks, trusses and size, including the window openings and lintels, it was reconstructed here. We added a fireplace for comfort and warmth. The schoolhouse now contains a collection of early antiques of the era. Surrounding it are a variety of old fashioned plants: itea, lilac, southern magnolia, fothergilla, crab apple and herbs such as artemesia, lavender, bouncing bet and thyme.
The formal Herb Garden was constructed in 1986 and is flanked by a bench on each end with climbing roses and clematis paniculata. Mints are grown in terra cotta tiles. There is a scented geranium bed, 21 thyme species, 10-20 rosemary varieties, a bed of culinary herbs and a border of lavender. In the center is a knot of germander, Varder Valley boxwood and Crimson Pygmy barberry.
You will also find several gardens with water as a focal point. Great for garden planning or simply relaxing is a wisteria covered sitting area.
Bring a picnic lunch, a book or a sketch pad and spend as long as you like in the serenity of our gardens.
The gardens are an enjoyable and educational destination for garden groups. Garden tours at Quailcrest are self guided for each member's pace, Tuesday through Saturday, during business hours. Our picnic pavilion and gallery are available for groups and gatherings by reservation, as well as gourmet box lunches (menu available upon request for groups of 12 or more). Quailcrest is the perfect setting for small group seminars, meetings, showers, creative workshops or holiday parties.
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