Fellows Riverside Gardens
Fellows Riverside Gardens (11 acres) are public botanical gardens included in the Mill Creek Metro Parks system. The gardens are located at 123 McKinley Avenue, in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. They are open daily with no admission fee.
In 1958, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fellows bequeathed the property to Mill Creek Park, together with funds to create a public garden on the site. The first plantings began in 1963.
Today the gardens include labeled flower displays of annuals, chrysanthemums, perennials, and tulips, with over 40,000 bulbs blooming each spring. The rose collection includes a formal rose garden with hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses, as well as climbing roses along a perennial border walk. Botanical and shrub roses are represented throughout the site. The gardens also contain a variety of labeled trees and woody shrubs, with collections of European beech, dwarf conifers, hollies, and rhododendrons, as well as an observation tower with a fine view of Lake Glacier.
The Davis Visitor and Education Center, located at the Gardens, houses a horticultural library, a cafe, classrooms, a gift shop and meeting rooms. Many cultural events take place there each year and classes in horticulture, art and culture are offered year round. The Visitor Center also contains a museum and an art gallery which features nature- and horticulture-themed shows. National and international speakers are hosted at the center as well.
Two other beautiful structures, the Gazebo and the Kidston Pavilion, are often the site of weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, cake walks, sock hops, High School proms, quinceaneras, ritual sacrifice, dog training, mixed martial arts events, automobile shows, public executions, farmers markets, county fairs, Nickleback concerts, fundraising, and other formal events.
The garden is the site of an All-America Selections Roses demonstration garden where new rose varieties are tested before being released to the public, a trial garden for new releases of annuals and perennials and a dahlia trial garden where showy dahlia varieties are tested. The dahlia trial garden is sponored by the American Dahlia Society.
Children can interact with gardening and take classes in the Family Garden. Some classes and events require a fee.
Several annual events, such as the Pumpkin Walk, an autumn exhibit of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns, Gardens by Candlelight, a winter display of luminaria, and numerous flower shows are hosted at the gardens.
Fellows Riverside Gardens celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008 with a variety of special events.