Calendar / Events

>>> 2010 <<<

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Each year gardeners are invited and encouraged to attend the ice cream social. The event features ice cream, root beer floats and a chance to meet and socialize with other gardeners.

Gardeners are welcome to bring along family and friends for a good time and a scoop or two.

All Access Home and Bicycle Tour

Saturday, July 17, 2010
12 Noon to 4 PM

The garden will be a destination stop on the trolley tour. Two trolleys will be in circulation with pickup and drop off expected about every 15-20 minutes.

Cuyahoga County Fair – Fairgrounds in Berea

August 9th thru August 15th, 2010

The garden will be an entrant in the Community Garden category. Ben Franklin looks to take home the coveted blue ribbon for the third year in a row. Produce from multiple gardeners will be on display within the exhibit.

Also look for entries by individual gardeners in the produce shed. Ben Franklin gardeners have a history of good showing (placing and winning) within the agriculture events.

Harvest Picnic

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The annual Harvest Picnic is another opportunity to meet fellow gardeners and share that which unites us – GOOD FOOD. It also gives us a chance to swap “war stories” about our battle with cucumber beetles, leaf spot and bacterial blight.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Hot dogs, brats and drinks are provided by the garden.

The gardeners will also elect four members to the operating committee.

Save the date on your calendars and plan on attending.

Garden Closing

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Before leaving for the year Gardeners must: remove weed blocking material; level raised beds; remove/use straw in bales; make sure there is no standing vegetation over two feet high and no vines over four feet long.

Gardeners must be “cleared” by the Garden Coordinator or a Garden Committee member.

>>> 2011 <<<

2011 Garden Plot Applications

Monday, March 28, 2011

Applications to reserve garden plots for the 2011 season have been mailed to returning
gardeners; they must be returned with payment to the Old Brooklyn Community Development
Corporation (OBCDC) office, 3344 Broadview Rd., by Monday, March 28th.

Applications for new gardeners will be available after Tuesday, April 5th; they must be
returned with payment by Wednesday, April 20th.

Contact Garden coordinator Carol Stadden or Sandy Worona at 216-459-1000.

2nd Annual Fundraiser

CleatsSaturday, March 26, 2011
6 to 8 p.m.

Cleats Club Seat Grille
3995 Jennings Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

$20 in advance; $25 at the door
Limit 175 ($10 tax-deductible)

All you can Eat & Drink!
Pizza, Wings, Beer & Well Drinks

Chinese Raffle | 50/50 Raffle | Door Prizes | Side Boards

For tickets or to donate an item for the raffle, contact Jeff at 216-218-4095.
Proceeds go towards operation of the garden

>>> 2012 <<<

3rd Annual Fundraiser

Cleats Fundraiser

2012 Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, May 3, 2012
6 PM
City of Brooklyn Senior Center
7727 Memphis Ave.

Garden Opening

The 2012 garden is open (Wednesday, May 16th)!

Pedal For Prizes / Dollar Dog Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012
11:30 – 1:00 PM

KeyBank Neighbors Make the Difference®

Thursday, May 24, 2012
KeyBank volunteers will spend the afternoon working at various tasks in the garden as part of this annual day of community service. Watch for their red shirts!

Dollar Dog Night

Thursday, June 21, 2012
5:30 - 7 pm
Hot dogs/sausages $1
Chips, pop, watermelon $0.50 each

11th Annual Ice Cream Social & Dollar Dog Night

Thursday, July 12, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Free ice cream cones, root beer floats and $1 hot dogs
50/50 raffle
Please bring a lawn chair

Cleveland Garden Walk

Saturday/Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2012

Cuyahoga County Fair

August 6 thru August 12, 2012

Dollar Dog Night

Saturday, August 18, 2012
5:30 - 7 pm

Harvest Picnic/Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Noon – 3:30 PM

The weather forecast is iffy, but the Harvest Picnic will occur rain or shine. We will have access to the classroom building if it rains. Plan to arrive about noon to share your potluck dish and sample everyone else's. There also will be burgers, brats and dogs. The program will begin about 1:30 and include updates on garden activities (see annual report), election of committee members and a vote on proposed changes to the By-Laws. There will be a 50/50 raffle too. 

Garden Closing

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The garden will close for the season at dusk.. When you have finished the plot clean-up process, please make arrangements with TJ or a Garden Committee member to complete the required checkout form.

>>> 2013<<<

Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, April 13, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Cleats Club Seat Grille, 3995 Jennings Rd, Cleveland 44109
Download flyer to print


First Time Gardeners Orientation Meeting

Saturday, April 27, 2013
10:00 AM to Noon

Brooklyn Heights United Church of Christ, 2005 West Schaaf Rd (at corner of Broadview and Schaaf) 44109

Garden Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

City of Brooklyn Senior Center, 7727 Memphis Ave, Brooklyn 44144

Garden Opens

May 16, 2013  1:00 PM

Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes/Hot Dog Sale

Saturday, May 18, 2013
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

The garden will serve as a stop for the Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes. During the three hour competition, contestants will be cycling in and out of the garden. For the second year, the garden will be hosting a hot dog sale. All gardeners and cyclists are welcome to enjoy grilled hot dogs for $1.50. Beverages will also be available.

Due to the increased foot (and pedal) traffic the garden area will be closed to vehicular traffic. Parking will be limited to the school parking lot. Please show caution around the garden and the city on Saturday.

Planting Warm Season Big and/or Colorful Vegetables

Thursday, May 30, 2013
10 AM

Master Gardeners in vegetable demo garden talk about big & colorful varieties of warm season vegetables

Welcoming Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Other Friends to the Garden - Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners

Thursday, July 11, 2013
10:00 AM

Demonstration Garden

BFCG Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 11, 2013
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Diagnostic Walk and Make Your Own Garden Art Out of Concrete - Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners

July 18, 2013
10:00 a.m.

Demonstration Garden
With Ohio State University Extension Educator Jacqueline Kowalski -- to identify and discuss the gardening issues of the day.

Herb Classics - Not Just One-Hit Wonders - Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners

Thursday, July 25, 2013
10:00 AM

Herb Garden

BFCG Harvest Picnic

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Noon to 3:00 PM

Potluck picnic and annual meeting

Reviewing the Big and/or Colorful Vegetable Harvest - Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners

Thursday, September 12, 2013
10:00 AM

Vegetable Garden

Garden Closes

October 19, 2013

>>> 2014<<<

5th Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:00 to 9:00 PM

Wing Warehouse, 7979 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights 44147
(between Sprague and Wallings -- ample parking!)
Fundraiser flyer
Download flyer to print

Pre-Season Gardeners Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Brooklyn Senior Center, 7727 Memphis Ave. 44144

The Garden is Open!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (The flag was raised at 6 p.m.)

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Harvest Picnic & Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Noon - 3 PM

Garden Closing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

>>> 2015<<<

6th Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Local Tavern, 5513 Pearl Rd., Parma, OH 44129 [download flyer]

Spring Fling 4/18/15

Kick-off Meeting

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Brooklyn Senior Center, 7727 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, OH 44144

First-time Gardeners

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 am - Noon
Ben Franklin Community Garden

Garden Opening

Friday, May 15, 2015

Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes Stop

Saturday, May 16, 2015
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Participant bicyclists will stop at Garden. Refreshments for sale.

OSU Extension Service Program
Integrated Pest Management in Community Gardens Series

Thursday, June 25, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Slugs, bugs and other fun things! Different approaches community gardeners can take to manage some of the insects and diseases that regularly affect our gardens. Each garden location will present different good and bad insects to identify and diseases to diagnose.

See for other dates and locations for this series.

Ice Cream Social

July 9, 2015

Harvest Picnic & Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Noon – 3:00 PM

Bring your potluck dish and sample everyone else's. There also will be burgers, brats and dogs, beverages. The annual meeting includes updates on garden activities and election of committee members. 50/50 raffle

Garden Closing

October 17

>>> 2016<<<

Annual Fundraiser

April 23, 2016
Thanks to everyone who made the fundraiser a success!

Kick-off meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Senior Community Center
7727 Memphis Ave., 44144 (use rear entrance)

First Timers Meeting

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. at the Garden

Garden Opening

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Special thanks to our donorHealthy Grow

We received a donation of 500 pounds of organic fertilizer which was distributed to each gardener. Thanks so much to Dave Thompson's Organic Healthy Grow®. You can find information about this product at


Saturday Morning Coffee

June 11, 2016 and July 9, 2016, August 13, 2016, September 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. at the Garden

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Harvest Picnic and Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Noon at the Garden

Putting Your Gardens to Bed

Thursday, October 6, 2016
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
presented by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County

Garden Closing

Saturday, October 22, 2016

>>> 2017<<<

Kick-off meeting

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Senior Community Center
7727 Memphis Ave., 44144 (use rear entrance)

First Timers Meeting

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. at the Garden


Saturday, May 6, 2017
6-9:00 p.m.
Sachsenheim Hall
More info...

Garden Opening

Saturday, May 13, 2017 weather permitting.

Unfortunately, weather did not permit! The projected opening is now May 20th. Stay tuned!

Saturday Morning Coffee

June 10, July 8, August 12, 2017
9:00 a.m. at the Garden

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:00 p.m. Bring a chair! More details to follow.

Harvest Picnic and Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Noon at the Garden

Clambake in the Garden 9/23

We're having our first-ever clambake! Saturday, Sept. 23 from 3-7 pm.
Food + drink, music + games, friends + new folks to mee
Invite your friends to join us! Download a flyer to post and share.t—all in our beautiful garden!
Details and tickets:

Garden Closing

Saturday, October 14, 2017

>>> 2018<<<


Saturday, April 14
6-9:00 p.m.
Sachsenheim Hall

M.A.D. Club Gilmour Academy Chapter all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser

Saturday, 4/21 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Hunger Center Gardens tended by the students!

Volunteer days

Saturday, April 21
Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Garden

Kick-off Meeting

Tuesday, May 1
6:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Senior-Community Center, 7727 Memphis Ave., 44144

First Timers Meeting

Saturday, May 5
10:00 a.m. at the Garden (classroom Building)

Garden Opening

Saturday, May 26, 2018. THE GARDEN IS OPEN!

Targeted for Saturday, May 12 (conditions permitting). Conditions should improve enough to be able to stake the Garden on Saturday, May 26. You can help the effort by joining the staking crew at 8 a.m. If all goes well, we can open later that day!

Ceremonial Garden Opening

Saturday, May 26
10:00 a.m.

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative, Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District will visit for a special Garden Opening ceremony. All are invited to attend.

Garden Blessing

Monday, May 14 Postponed until Monday, May 21
6:00 p.m. at the Garden
Rev. Douglas Brown, pastor of Mary Queen of Peace Parish

Pedal for Prizes

Saturday, May 19
approx. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – the Garden is one of 20 Old Brooklyn "destinations" during this neighborhood event. Pedal for Prizes info.

Saturday Morning Coffees – 2nd Saturdays

June 9, July 14, August 11
9:00 a.m. at the Garden (classroom building)

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 11
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Garden. Bring a chair! Free ice cream. Hot dogs/brats $1.50; water/soda $.50, chips $.50. 50/50 raffle.

Open House

Saturday, August 18
10am – Noon or 4pm –6pm for refreshments and guided tours

open house flyer

Harvest Picnic and Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 8
Noon at the Garden

Harvest Potluck

Garden Closing

Saturday, October 13
All plots must be closed out by 4:00 p.m.