The Serbian Cultural Garden was
inspired by the people and the land of Serbia. A gently curving path winds
through the garden’s mature beech and oak trees. The central terrace contains
raised seating inscribed with the motto “Only Unity Saves the Serbs.” Six
small terraces provide places to rest, each one centered on a great figure from
Serbia’s past. Featured in the Serbian Cultural Garden are busts of Bishop
Petar Njegosh, Mihajlo Pupin, King Peter I, Nikola Tesla, Stevan
Mokranjac, Vuk Karadzic and Mileva Maric, wife of Albert Einstein. A bronze
icon of St. Sava, Patron Saint of the Serbian People, was dedicated in the
Garden’s central terrace in September of 2009. Boris Tadic, President of the
Republic of Serbia, at that time, attended the dedication of the icon and
toured the Serbian Cultural Garden with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and
many Cleveland-area Serbians.
The Slovenian Cultural Garden was founded in 1934 and was
joined by Serbia and Croatia in 1937 to form the Yugoslav Garden. The three
coexisted peacefully and in harmony in Rockefeller Park until the breakup of
Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. At that point the Serbian and Croatian
representation left the Garden – and as a result the Yugoslav Garden once
again became the Slovenian Cultural Garden.
the spring of 2006, Alex Machaskee, then President and Publisher of The Plain
Dealer, led the initiative to raise the funds necessary to create a new Serbian
Cultural Garden on the west side of Martin Luther King Boulevard, just north of
the St. Clair overpass within Rockefeller Park. The Garden was dedicated on
October 5, 2008, in a grand ceremony which included Serbian government
officials, Serbian clergy, Senator George Voinovich, Mayor Jackson and many
local Serbians and supporters.
Garden is designed to be a beautiful and peaceful place to explore the wooded
pathways, and also to serve as a gathering place for events such as One World
Day, where people from many nations parade through the gardens.
come to visit periodically, as new features to the Serbian Cultural Garden are
planned for its future. On behalf of the entire Serbian community in Northeast
Ohio, we welcome you to a view of Serbian history and legacy – and thank you
for your support and interest in our project.
visit the Cleveland Cultural Gardens website http://www.culturalgardens.org/