Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Part II: Garden Tour
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, July 23, 2015
After our tour of Stan Hywet Hall, we went outside to see the gardens. Behind the house are several attractive terraces and lawn areas.
Also behind the house are an English garden and a Japanese garden
On the north side of the house is the Birch Tree Allée. As you may remember, Stan Hywet is Old English for "stone quarry." The stone quarry for which the estate was named is located at the far end of the allée.
The Great Garden is located between the main house and the carriage house. The garden covers a large area and is filled with annuals and perennials in spectacular bloom. There is also a section of the Great Garden that is used as a cutting garden. The cutting garden provides flowers for the beautiful arrangements inside the house we showed you in out last post.
This summer, there is a display of 32 glass sculptures by artist Craig Mitchell Smith throughout the gardens of Stan Hywet. Shown below are (clockwise from the upper left) - "Dragonfly," "Poppies of Oz," "Weeping Willow," and "Hydrangea." Click on the photo for a larger view.
As we headed toward the exit, we stopped to see the children's Playgarden where there was an old truck with flowers planted around it and in its bed. We'd love to take Lydia there someday. As you enter the garden a motion sensor starts a bubble machine and music. There's also a splash fountain, lawn bowling, and castle playhouse.
We also stopped in the Corbin Conservatory, which is a replica of the original greenhouse complex that was used for growing fruits and flowers.
There were loads of beautiful flowers in bloom - so many different varieties we couldn't begin to show them all. However, two that we found particularly interesting are shown below.
Unusual plant varieties at Stan Hywet - begonia rex 'Escargot' (top) and Gloriosa daisy 'Irish Eyes'
We enjoyed our time at Stan Hywet. The house tour was very interesting, and the gardens were beautiful.
From Akron, we headed south to Canton and stopped at Smoke the Burger Joint for a late lunch. We had gotten a coupon for a free order of fries for downloading their mobile app plus we got another coupon for a free hot dog in honor of the fact it was National Hot Dog Day. Like the burgers, the hot dogs are also smoked and are available plain or in a number of different versions. We each had a build-your-own burger, a small order of fries, and we split a Philly Dog, which had garlic-mustard-mayo, sauteed peppers, caramelized onions and melted provolone. The hot dog was excellent, and the burgers and fries were as good as we remembered them.
With our bellies full, we headed back to Scenic Hills to relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening.