Remarkable Ohio


Below is a complete listing of all Ohio Historical Markers. To find a detailed marker listing including text, photographs, and locations, click on a county below. Our listing is updated by the markers program as new markers are installed and older markers are reported damaged or missing.

147-18 The Village Garden Club

Side A: In 1930, nine women from Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights formally organized The Village Garden Club and set as its goal the beautification of Shaker Parklands with trees. At a time when women were excluded from environmental activism, the club’s careful planning allowed members to lead civic improvements. Since its establishment, the club has planted and maintained flowering trees at Horseshoe Lake Park, pausing only during World War II. In the 1960s, The Village Garden Club and 34 other local organizations successfully fought the construction of the Clark-Lee Freeway. Club member Mary Elizabeth Croxton chaired the Park Conservation Committee that won the battle and established the Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center. The Village Garden Club continues its stewardship over the flowering grove with “civic and environmental responsibility” as its focus.
Side B: same
Sponsors: William G. Pomeroy Foundation, The Village Garden Club, The Shaker Historical Society; Ohio History Connection
Address: 16980 South Park Drive, 
Shaker Heights, 
Location: “Flowering Grove” in Horsehoe Lake Park on north side of South Park Blvd (across from 16980 South Park Blvd)
Latitude: 41.4817500
Longitude: -81.5600830