As you will see in my 5th article in my Minor League Sports Culture series (coming in a couple of days), I was at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron a couple weeks ago. I was there with my dad to see a three team tourney of Vintage League Baseball. I won’t bore you with the details (you can see for yourself in the article) but the main gist was that guys come together and play Base Ball with the 1860’s rules. It’s really fun to watch.
Back to my point, I also intended to take some pics of the various gardens at the Stan Hywet Mansion and write an article about that. Everything was going great, I had it half way done, and then I read the friendly “Photography Guidelines” for their guests. I zoned out after the term “photography fees” was bandied about. Sufficed to say, I will not be doing an actual article on my trip there.
But, there is nothing that says I can’t do a blog. lol
The gardens at Stan Hywet were beautiful. They surrounded the mansion and were augmented by numerous statues.
Even though it was fairly overcast that day, the flowers still were vibrant and there were no shortage of bumble bees appreciating the flowers as well.
There was a peaceful and tranquil Japanese garden that had been given to the grounds by the people of Japan. It had stone walkways, a Shinto Gateway, or Torii, and a calming waterfall that pulled it all together.
We ended our tour in the large row gardens filled with roses, lupines and a bunch of other types of flowers that I just don’t know the names to. lol
I don’t want it to seem like I am dumping on the good folks at Stan Hywet Hall. They keep that place it great condition and it is a piece of history that we can all enjoy. I just wish they didn’t such strict rules of photography but hey, you can’t have everything.
ps. There was also a butterfly enclosure with some monarch butterflies still hanging around.
written by 110isnotdead on 2012-10-16