The Unified Voice of Hellenes in Northeast Ohio
7th Annual convention Pan Icarian Brotherhood of America, 1941. Gift of Lee Saphos

Greek Cultural Garden

Archbishop Athenagoras at Greek Garden dedication, 1940. Gift of Mary Karagiozis

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a collection of public gardens located within the City of Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park. Within the 276 acres of wooded parkland on the city’s East Side are 32 distinct gardens, each commemorating a different ethnic group whose immigrants have contributed to the heritage of the city over the centuries. 

The Greek Cultural Garden was dedicated June 24, 1940. HPS maintains the Greek Garden, restoring and replanting, and preserving this landmark reflecting our Hellenic heritage to the city. Two doric columns frame the garden’s entrance opening into a plaza, laid out in the shape of a cross, containing a reflecting pool. A wall and pylons symbolize the wall of the Parthenon. Stone tablets on the wall are inscribed with the names of prominent Greek artists, philosophers, writers and scientists. 

Since HPS re-dedicated the garden in 1994, we have seen the realization of several new gardens. Our involvement has helped to sustain this unique cultural gem in the city of Cleveland. Our long-term plans call for a Poet’s Bench and a bronze relief sculpture on the Parthenon wall to fully realize the original garden plans. 

The Greek Garden is a popular location for weddings and wedding pictures throughout the year.

The Annual One World Day Festival is a fun event with a parade of nations, a naturalization ceremony, music food and dancing, and tours throughout the gardens. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation has hosted this event since 1946. 

Help Us Stand with Ukraine

Message from our President: Linda Glynias

Thank you so much for your membership in 2021. I’m happy to report that we reached the 100-member mark and raised $10,000 in dues. We thank you very much for your generosity! This year, with your support, we were able to sponsor the internationally recognized Byzantine Conference, which was held here in Cleveland at CWRU and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Additionally, we continue to put your donations to good use toward maintaining the Greek Garden. While we had programming planned for the spring, because of the uncertainty of live events, our 2022 schedule is still being developed. More details on our calendar will follow. As the HPS, we have an important mission to promote our Greek heritage. I hope that anyone interested in this endeavor will join our HPS group and HPS Board to help. We are hoping to unfold some larger projects and would love the support. Our group encompasses NE Ohio, including Akron and Lorain. We have many areas where we can use help: the Greek Garden, One World Day, HPS Collection/Archives, Education (youth and adult), Speaker/Author series. Please contact me if your are interested in participating at lglynias@gmail. com. If you aren’t a member yet, please sign up or contact us at to join our organization!

Our Vision

HPS provides resources and guidance to the Greek community in Northeast Ohio with the goal of perpetuating Hellenic cultural identity across generations.

Your sponsorship helps us to continue to grow and preserve our Collections and Archives which document the immigrant experience of the Greeks in Northeastern Ohio, support the Annual Collis Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, maintain the Greek Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, and provide speakers and programs of interest to the community.

Contact us at to see how you can get involved!


Calendar of Events

Our Collections: Virtual Museum

Unlaminated photocopy of Greek Garden event, c. 1940. Gift of Themistocles Rodis
Black and white photograph of the Pancretan Union of America Sixth National Convention, 1938. Gift of Dr. John and Helen Collis
Christmas Dinner, Daughters of Theano, 1946.
7th Annual convention Pan Icarian Brotherhood of America, 1941. Gift of Lee Saphos
Part of a collection of photos and memorabilia of Philoptochos and church events. Gift of Estelle Callas
Panoramic photo. Greek War Relief Fundraiser Dinner 1946. Gift of Eleni Tartara
Panoramic photo. Pan-Arcadian Convention circa 1940. Gift of Harriet Lalos
Group photograph. Possibly a choir convention, Looks like late 1960s-early 1970s. Back of envelope reads “BP Oil ATTN: Argerie”
Testimonial dinner C. Gatsos, 1955. Gift of Elaine Simon
AHEPA 9th annual conv San Francisco
AHEPA 8th annual conv Boston, 1930. Gift of Irene Bates
AHEPA 8th annual conv Boston, 1930. Gift of Irene Bates
PanSamian 2nd annual picnic, 1926. Gift of Themistocles and Rose Rodis
AHEPA Convention Cleveland, 1950
AHEPA picnic McKirahan’s Grove
AHEPA Supreme Lodge with Pres. Coolidge, 1929
AHEPA 8th Anniversary, Warren, OH. 1930
AHEPA 8th Annual Convention, Boston, 1930
13th Annual picnic of the Pythagoras Society, 1937
4th Annual AHEPA Convention, 10th District, 1935
4th Annual picnic of the PanCretan Union in America, 1932. Gift of Rose Vourlis
AHEPA 3rd Annual outing at Mara’s Grove, 1928. Gift of Tom Pastis

HPS preserves artifacts of Greek immigration to Northeast Ohio. These artifacts are donated by members of the Northeastern Ohio Greek Community. Our diverse collection consists of items made by or used by Greek immigrants as they emigrated to the area and made a new life for themselves.

In addition to the collection, the archives consist of photographs, manuscripts, and documents describing the Greek immigrant experience.

HPS underwrote the cost to fully restore 30 icons from Annunciation Church of Cleveland, Ohio.  These icons were painted by Reverend John Zographos in 1929. After the restoration, the icons have been displayed at area churches. Those icons can be seen here: Icons donated in 1992

If you have items that represent the Greek Immigrant experience and are interested in donating, please contact us at

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