Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens



Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, located in Akron, Ohio, is one of my favorite places to visit.  It was originally the vast estate of the Seiberling family, founders of the Good Year Tire Company.  The estate originally covered more than 3,000 acres.  Now it covers 70 acres.

The gardens were designed between 1912 and 1915 by the famous American landscape architect, Warren Manning.  The gardens are divided into ten sections:  The English Garden (Gertrude Seiberling's favorite), Birch Allee Vista, The Dell, Grape Arbor, Great Meadow, Japanese Garden, Lagoon, West Terrace, The Great Garden, and the Breakfast Room Garden.  My personal favorite is the Breakfast Room Garden.  With its blue, white, and gold color scheme and lovely fountain, it compliments the Breakfast Room of the manor perfectly.


The gardens open April 1st and remain open through December.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.  Admission for non members is $8.00 per person.


14 comments:

  1. I'd enjoy exploring the old house!

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    1. It's a gorgeous place. I really enjoy the conservatory. There are quite a few instruments in there.

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  2. So many in Ohio. We need to see some of them next time we visit family in Columbus.

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    1. Since I live in Ohio, I've been fortunate to see all of these.

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  3. wow - I love when rich folks decide to cede their property to the public. This place looks fantastic. Sounds like a visit to Ohio is needed soon - in summer, of course

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    1. Yes. Summer is the best time, although this mansion looks spectacular when it is decorated for Christmas!

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  4. This is a garden I’d be sure to enjoy. The many different parts sound intriguing. I’d love to see them all.

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    1. It is a really nice place to explore. I've seen a lot of weddings there, too.

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  5. Wow, Sherry, that location looks very much like the high school my son attended in England. Very nice, indeed. Thank you.

    Gary

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  6. Hi Sherry - love our English gardens and everything is so late this year .. the gardens should stay well into the early Autumn for spectacular viewing ...

    I must get out and see a few of the gardens around here .. cheers Hilary

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    1. There are so many beautiful gardens where you live!

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  7. I love a good mansion and garden tour.

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