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A Trip to Stan Hywet in Akron, OH

June 8th, 2009

Last Tuesday my mom and I went to Stan Hywet to see their peonies in bloom. If you were reading my blog last fall you’ll remember that I got my mom a membership to Stan Hywet for a gift. So far this spring we’ve gone twice, this past week was really nice. They have tons of peonies of all shapes colors and sizes. Unfortunately we had a big thunderstorm the night before so they were a little wet & droopy, but they still looked Fabulous! It happened to be super cold that day (in the 50’s), and kind of dark & dreary, but it was still beautiful!
So for those of you who love peonies and lovely gardens, here’s some eye candy for you. It was very difficult narrowing down the photos, I took so many while there. But here are the best 32 photos for you to enjoy. (the little icon in the top left-hand corner will allow you to see the photos in full screen if you’d like to see them bigger)
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What do you think of Stan Hywet?

16 Comments to “A Trip to Stan Hywet in Akron, OH”
  1. Mangochild on June 8, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I think its beautiful. So the membership allows the holder to visit a certain number of times? Your picture of the close-up of the red peony is my fav.

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    • Susy on June 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

      You’re allowed to go as often as wanted to free with a membership. You can also do self-guided house tours for free and you get discounts to special events that they have.

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  2. Helen - patientgardener on June 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Lovely photos – thanks for sharing your day out

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  3. Silke on June 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for that eye candy! What a day to start my day – with a full dose of flowers!! :) Silke

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  4. kristin on June 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Cool. My mom and I have often talked about doing a garden tour somewhere like England. Maybe someday . . .

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    • Susy on June 8, 2009 at 10:23 am

      That would be great!

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  5. Carol on June 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    The CF walk that I did in May had a loop through the grounds of Stan Hywet. It was beautiful!

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  6. ChristyACB on June 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! And the house…my goodness!

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  7. Ruthann on June 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I love SH. we have a home in medina that we no longer live in – and during the summer when we come back to check on things – we typically take a trip to the Stan Hywet gardens and the botanical gardens in cleveland. I just cannot get enough!!!

    thanks for the pictures!

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  8. lee on June 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Wow what a beautiful garden. You sure took some great pics. Those peonies look fantastic. Susy, maybe you should visit Huntington Library in San Marino, California one of these days. They have beautiful gardens there and apparently their famous Corpse Flower is about to bloom. I was there 2 weeks ago and it was not blooming :(

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  9. KitsapFG on June 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I would have had a tough time narrowing the pictures down too. The house and gardens are stunning. Thanks for posting these pictures – it was a pleasurable cyber garden tour!

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  10. Claire on June 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Wow – what a lovely place. Those Peonies are just wonderful! I neeeeed more Peonies!

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  11. Kelly Butler on June 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The pictures are AMAZING Susy! Thanks for sharing your visit with us all!

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  12. Bertie on June 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I seriously need to go to Stan Hywet sometime soon. I only live about 10 minutes away. For several years I lived about 1/2 block from there and always said that I needed to go see it, but I never did. I went a few times when I was little, but haven’t been there in years. My daughter would love all the flowers.

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    • Susy on June 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      It really is lovely. I got my mom a membership because she likes it so much. We’ve gone twice this spring, we’ll probably be going in a few weeks again.

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  13. Joy on June 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    such a great place. i remember going there as a kid, and walking below the grape arbor that was 20 feet long. and the asian secret gardens. and the christmas tour was soo cool – but that was inside. i’ve heard they have have completely redone the grounds.

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