Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
The Gardens > English Garden
Not surprisingly, the walled English Garden has often been described as Gertrude Seiberling’s favorite garden refuge. She would frequently spend time there thinking, composing, and counseling her children. 

Although Warren Manning originally designed the garden, it didn’t match Gertrude’s original vision for the space. Manning later recommended that the Seiberlings hire renowned female landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman to redesign the garden. Shipman’s first plan for the garden included a variety of sun-loving perennials but, as the surrounding trees grew into larger canopies, it became apparent shade-loving perennials would be more appropriate. 

Between the years 1989-1992, the garden underwent extensive restorative efforts, funded in part by the Akron Garden Club. The resulting garden is a complete recreation of Shipman’s original design plan for the area and is one of the only intact Shipman gardens open to the public. The beautiful reflecting pool, lych gate and garden statue, “The Garden of the Water Goddess,” help give the Walled English Garden some of its unique architectural qualities. Today, the Akron Garden Club continues to support and care for the English Garden.

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