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Russian Cultural Garden Dedication

Russian Cultural Garden Dedication
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cleveland
September 8, 2018

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden has been a work in progress since 2011 when Svetlana Stolyarova, Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and Sergio Lebid formed a committee to create a Russian garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain of gardens.

Russian Cultural Garden sign in Cleveland

Their rationale was 3 key points
  1. We believe that Russian culture is one of the world's most diverse and interesting.
  2. Russian is the second largest European language
  3. Russian culture in America deserves to be explored, represented and promoted.

The formal dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden was held on Saturday September 8, 2018. Svetlana Stolyarova served as MC and gave a little history of the Russian Garden.

Svetlana Stolyarova

Svetlana Stolyarova


She told how the Garden came to be and thanked the people who helped make it a reality. She also thanked and recognized leaders from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation who were in attendance.

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Svetlana then introduced Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Dr. Wael Khoury.



Svetlana Stolyarova and Dr. Wael Khoury

Svetlana Stolyarova and Dr. Wael Khoury


Next, Svetlana introduced board member Ken Kovach.



Svetlana Stolyarova and Ken Kovach

Svetlana Stolyarova and Ken Kovach


Next, Svetlana called up Dr. Boris Vinogradsky and board member Ken Kovach to cut the ribbon on the Russian Cultural Garden.



cutting the ribbon on the Russian Cultural Garden

Cutting the ribbon on the Russian Cultural Garden

cutting the ribbon on the Russian Cultural Garden

Making souvenirs of the ribbon

Making souvenirs of the ribbon


The Walk of Fame was a featured part of the first phase of the Russian Garden. Here is a quick video look at the first ring of the Walk of Fame honoring Russian cultural and scientific heroes such as Yuri Gagarin, Leo Tolstoy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Dmitri Shostakovich, Vladimir Nabokov and numerous Nobel Prize winners.



Russian Garden walk of fame


Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space


6 year old Eva made only her second public performance ever at the dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden. She is a student of Olga Druzhinina who accompanied her on keyboards. Eva sang My Little Garden by Tchaikovsky.



6 year old Eva  singing in the Russian Cultural Garden

6 year old Eva singing in the Russian Cultural Garden

6 year old Eva  singing in the Russian Cultural Garden

As attendees lifted their champagne glasses, Olga Druzhinina sang Zazdravnaya - loosely translated as Let us lift up the cup, let us have fun; let us be happy, etc.



Olga Druzhinina singing at the Russian Garden dedication

Olga Druzhinina singing at the Russian Garden dedication


After the dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden and the champagne toast some of the attendees gathered in front of the new sign for a group photo.



Russian Cultural Garden group photo

Enjoy these other images from the dedication of the Russian Cultural Garden.

Svetlana Stolyarova and Boris Vinogradsky

Svetlana Stolyarova and Boris Vinogradsky


6 year old singer Eva with her proud parents

6 year old singer Eva with her proud parents


Posing in front of the new sign

Posing in front of the new sign


Walk fo Fame donor showing her brick

Walk of Fame donor showing her brick


Olga Druzhinina  and her student Eva

Olga Druzhinina and her student Eva


Everyone wanted to pose with the figures

Everyone wanted to pose with the figures


Gia Hoa Ryan and Joe Meissner from the Vietnamese Garden

Gia Hoa Ryan and Joe Meissner from the Vietnamese Garden


Lori Ashyk and Wael Khoury

Lori Ashyk and Wael Khoury


Ken Kovach

Ken Kovach


Dan Hanson

Dan Hanson


6 year old singer Eva

6 year old singer Eva


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Tom Turkaly, Wael Khoury and Boris Vinogradsky

Tom Turkaly, Wael Khoury and Boris Vinogradsky


Tom Turkaly, Boris Vinogradsky, Lori Ashyk, Svetlana Stolyarova and Wael Khoury

Tom Turkaly, Boris Vinogradsky, Lori Ashyk,
Svetlana Stolyarova and Wael Khoury


Teacher and student

Teacher and student


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Congratulations to Svetlana and Boris and other leaders of the Russian Cultural Garden on this historic event.

Boris Vinogradsky and Svetlana Stolyarova

Boris Vinogradsky and Svetlana Stolyarova



Here are a few other bricks from the Walk of Fame in the Russian Cultural Garden.

Aleksandr Soltzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Soltzhenitsyn


Andrei Sakharov

Andrei Sakharov


Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov


Dmitry Shostakovich

Dmitry Shostakovich


Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky


Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky


Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov



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