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 - 6 pm. Admission for non-members is $8.00 per person.