Stan Hywet opens for the 2012 season April 1.
This year, the historical estate will focus on culture and the arts with the theme “The Art of Living Beautifully,” honoring Gertrude Seiberling’s role as a hostess, arts patron and artist. She and her husband, Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling, were Stan Hywet’s original owners.
Events will include:
• Inspiration in Bloom, a display of floral arrangements by local floral designers, gardens clubs and award-winning gardeners, April 13 to 15.
• The exhibit Finer Things: Jewelry & Accessories from 1885 to the 1930s, April 1 through Oct. 28.
• Citrus Garden: Luxury of the Day, featuring citrus plants in the Corbin Conservatory, May 1 to Oct. 28.
• Beauty in Flight: Butterflies of North America, an exhibit of domestic butterflies, July through September.
Stan Hywet is at 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. It is open form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Ticket prices and other details at are www.stanhywet.org.
Start picturing your dream yard. Keep Akron Beautiful has begun selling tickets for its annual Dreamscape raffle.
For the ninth year, the beautification agency will give away a front- or backyard makeover worth $10,000. Area businesses donate services and materials for the fundraiser, and Keep Akron Beautiful puts the ticket proceeds toward its Flowerscape public gardens.
Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. They may be purchased from board members, at the Keep Akron Beautiful office or at these garden centers: Dayton Nurseries in Norton; Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center in Akron; Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscape and Paul’s Greenhouse, both in Copley Township; Hoffman’s Garden Center in Green; and Suncrest Gardens in Boston Township.
A mail-in order form is also expected to be available on the Keep Akron Beautiful website, www.keepakronbeautiful.org.
Only owners of property in Summit County are eligible. The drawing will be June 7.
• Ravenna Garden Club Crafts and Collectables Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Portage County Gardeners’ Center, 5154 S. Prospect St., Ravenna. Twenty-four vendors. Free admission.
• North Canton Lions Club Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Hoover High School, 525 Seventh St. NE, North Canton. Free admission.
• Wayne County Arts & Crafts Guild Spring Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Greenbriar Conference & Party Centre, 50 Riffel Road, Wooster. Juried arts and crafts show with more than 125 booths. Free admission. Information: 330-345-5962 or www.greenbriarwooster.com.
• Spring Fling, noon to 3 p.m. today, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township. Events include a giveaway of white pine seedlings to the first 100 visitors, gardening information tables, help from Sherwin-Williams on choosing a color palette, entertainment and a book sale. Free. Information: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Tour Around Town Akron 2012, ends today. Shopping event involving 14 small businesses near downtown Akron, many featuring antiques, home maintenance and home decor items. People who visit at least four businesses can enter a drawing for gift certificates. Each business will collect money and canned goods (no glass) for the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. Participating businesses are Stagecoach Antiques, the Bomb Shelter, Hazel Tree Interiors, Zelio Noto Boutique, West Hill Hardware, Akron Family Restaurant, The Bookseller, Every Blooming Thing Florist, Angel Falls Coffee, Good Life Tattoos, Urban Eats, the Market Path, Nervous Dog Coffee Bar and Next. Information: http://tinyurl.com/7y4qylm.
• Orchid Mania, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-3 p.m. today. $9.50; ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or http://www.cbgarden.org.
• Western Reserve Rose Society meeting, 7-9 p.m. Monday, North Royalton Branch Library, 14600 State Road. Program: advances in fungal diseases and organic choices. Information: 330-220-2213 or www.westernreserverosesociety.org.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Registration: 330-273-4150.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. Information: 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Needlework Circle, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. Information: 330-769-2852.
• Spring Garden Preparation and Plantings, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Visitors Center, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Program by master gardener Jeanne Poremski. Part of the Summit County Master Gardeners’ Meet Me in the Garden series. Free. Information: www.summitmastergardeners.org.
• Backyard Vegetable Gardening, 11 a.m. March 31, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Presentation by master gardener Lee Paulson. Free. Reservations: 330-724-0550, ext. 110.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• How to Plan My Raised Bed Garden, 1:30 p.m. March 31, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Presentation by Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design. Free. Reservations: 234-678-8266 or Michelle@neohiogarden.com.
• The Elegant Egg, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 and 1 to 5 p.m. April 1, Akron First Presbyterian Church, 647 E. Market St. Show and sale of eggshell artistry. $3; 12 and younger, free. Egg decorating classes at 2 p.m. March 31, $10 (reservations required). Information: http://TheElegantEgg.weebly.com, email@example.com or 330-322-7966.
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