Take a Stroll through Lovely Fellows Riverside Gardens

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, and the months didn’t disappoint. Fellows Riverside Gardens is bursting with fragrant blooms across all twelve acres located just minutes from Downtown Youngstown. On the north end of Mill Creek Park with views of both the city and Lake Glacier, this natural treasure is more than meets the eye. Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet stroll through the rose gardens or looking to broaden your horticultural knowledge, Fellows Riverside Gardens has an activity for everyone.

History of Fellows Riverside Gardens

The gardens’ namesake, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fellows, bequeathed twelve acres of land to Mill Creek Park in 1958 with the funds necessary to create the public garden. In 1963, planting began and the gardens as we know it today took shape. The D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center opened in 2000 and has since been the centerpiece of the gardens, hosting countless events, classes, and special programs. The Center houses the John C. Melnick, M.D. Mill Creek Park Museum, The Andrew and Carol Weller Gallery, The Maxine Antonucci Library, and several classrooms and auditoriums.



What to Do

-Inside the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, have fun, and relax.
-The John C. Melnick, M.D. Mill Creek Park Museum houses exhibits old and new. With an ongoing historical exhibit, guests can take a peek into the unique history of Mill Creek MetroParks.
– The Arseny Melnick Observation Tower gives guests a bird’s eye view of Lake Glacier and the surrounding park.
Kravitz’s Garden Café & Inspired Catering offers soups, sandwiches, salads, a kids menu, and much more!
-Check out the calendars of events for June, July, & August for the most up to date event listings.


What to See

-Over 15 separate specialty gardens that each feature a different collection of flowers, herbs, trees, or shrubbery.
-Classic Gazebo: A Fellows Riverside Gardens icon, this beautiful structure houses both special events and every day relaxation.
-Outdoor Gallery: From May-October, view local artist Tony Armeni’s steel sculptures of flowers, figures, and celestial spheres.
-South Terrace and Kidstown Pavilion: Perfect for relaxing and taking in the scenic views of the gardens
-Blooming in June: Shrub Roses, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Irises, and Peonies


How to Get There

Just nine miles from the Ohio Turnpike and close to the Pennsylvania border, the Gardens are easily accessible from anywhere.

For easy directions, simply enter the following address into your GPS or smart phone:
123 McKinley Ave. Youngstown, OH 44509


Whether you are a Northeast Ohio native or simply visiting, Fellows Riverside Gardens never disappoints visitors. With summer on its way, the gardens promise to the at their peak beauty. Take a look at the garden map so you don’t miss a single thing. Happy exploring!

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