You may already be familiar with the loveliness of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – the more than 30 themed gardens that beautify the drive along Martin Luther King Jr. and East boulevards in Cleveland – but do you know their history?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally named Liberty Boulevard, and it honored the young men from Cleveland who fought and died in World War I. The gardens were planned as a path to represent the many cultures of our world that came together in Cleveland. It’s beautified with fountains, statuary, trees from Japan, roses from Verona, and the soil of more than 40 nations.

Learn more about the history and origin of the Liberty Gardens from Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history. Her expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

You can learn more from Ms. McFarland on our YouTube channel: