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Each year since 1959, the city of Alliance comes together to honor the Carnation City through the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival, a multi-week celebration full of parades, food and fun throughout the community. The festival features more than 40 unique events held at venues throughout Alliance, including Beech Creek Gardens!

Celebrate Carnation Days at Beech Creek Gardens with the public grand opening of the Dr. Levi Lamborn Carnation Museum which pays homage to Ohio's state flower, the red carnation. The museum is a historically accurate rendition of the mid-1800’s conservatory that Dr. Levi Lamborn used for breeding the “scarlet carnation” the Ohio state flower. Inside the conservatory are historical artifacts and interactive displays illustrating the extraordinary life of Dr. Levi Lamborn and the history of the scarlet carnation. Children also enjoy free hands-on make & take crafts.


Access to the Dr. Levi Lamborn Carnation Museum and the Carnation Days exhibits is free during the 3-day event, but exploring the grounds and the other current exhibits, including the Butterfly House, is subject to the general admission cost. Beech Creek Members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission. 

Please note: For groups of 10 or more, please call ahead to make a group reservation. Click here to view the detailed Group Reservation Form.

Guests at the Greater Alliance Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration enjoyed a preview of the Dr. Levi Lamborn Carnation Museum which opens to the public during Carnation Days at Beech Creek Gardens from August 8-10.

Free activities we offer include:

Scarlet Carnation Museum Exhibits Highlighting

Dr. Levi Lamborn, the Father of the Scarlet Carnation

Carnation history, cultivation, fragrance, varieties, and the cultivation of the scarlet carnation.

Carnation garden beds

Hands-On "Make & Take" Craft Projects

Scarlet carnation flower

Lamborn coloring pages

Bookmark coloring


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Beech Creek Gardens is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a 181-acre site in Stark County’s Washington Township in the heart of northeast Ohio. We provide educational opportunities and interactive experiences that inspire people to be good stewards of their communities and the world. 

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Beech Creek Gardens and these participating organizations & businesses in Stark County have pledged to follow Ohio Health Department's Responsible Restart Ohio sector-specific business guidelines for opening. We have implemented guidelines that protect the health of visitors and employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.