Blossom Music Center
The experience of being at this beautiful 250-acre site, bordering and strongly related to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, evokes an appreciative response from visitors. In a recent redevelopment plan beginning at the front entrance, the landscape architect worked together with the land conservation manager at a neighboring arboretum to replace turf grass with a mix of tall native meadow grasses and wildflowers that make the approach to Blossom a "rural experience." Nearer to the pavilion (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra), planting beds are filled with a canopy and carpet of trees and shrubs, strengthening the idea of Blossom as a clearing in the woodlands. At the amphitheatre, visitors encounter a clear view through a new ceremonial entry gate of the soaring pavilion - landscape, architecture, and graphics conspire to create a powerful sense of place.