Notre Dame College Campus Green Space, Greenhouse Highlight Regional GardenWalk

Notre Dame College with its on-campus community garden is now a featured stop on the City of South Euclid, Ohio, GardenWalk.

The now annual municipal garden tours in Northeast Ohio bring approximately 200 visitors from as far away as Columbus and Erie, Pa., to neighborhood yards, area parks and the green space at the College each season. The campus community garden showcases 17 raised beds of vegetables, flowering plants and related seedlings, but sightseers on the self-guided city tours to the College also experience an education, environmental and engineering innovation.

The Notre Dame community garden, called NDC Grows, contains a composting facility with a cistern on site to capture rain from the facility roof to provide water for the adjacent garden. The compost itself, generated from Notre Dame’s Campus Composters, part of the College’s food and waste reduction initiatives, also may be available for use in the cultivation plots.

The College garden also has a new greenhouse to allow for florae and fauna sights to see—and student and faculty coursework and research projects to take place—year-round.

Located on the east end of the Notre Dame campus, NDC Grows was established in summer 2016 with support from the Legacy Village Community Fund. The fenced-in garden contains gravel paths surrounding the beds with most plots accessible on four sides. Nine of the 4-by-8-foot raised beds, as well as the composting facility, are used by College students for environmental science courses and research projects and by youth summer programs on campus. Eight of the plots are available for community members.

The GardenWalk South Euclid, started during the city’s centennial year in 2017, opens with a weekend celebration in June each year. The free self-guided tours and complimentary map allow visitors to bike, walk or drive the urban tour route at their own pace and enjoy not just the wooded campus and community and neighborhood gardens but also a 21-acre nature reserve, a Sanctuary on the Green, a 9-mile wetland and three neighborhood perennial “pocket” parks throughout the city in Northeast Ohio.

All tour sites, including NDC Grows on the College campus, are included on the GardenWalk South Euclid map.

Information about NDC Grows is available from Tracey Meilander, Ph.D., Marie Goetz Geier Distinguished Professor of STEM and associate professor of biology at the College, at or on the City of South Euclid community garden website.

For details on GardenWalk tours or to download a garden map, visit

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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