Fellows Riverside Gardens

Master Plan and Site Design

Youngstown, OH

In 1950, Elizabeth Fellows bequeathed fourteen acres to Youngstown “to build a free public garden” for its residents, and Fellows Riverside Gardens was born.  Today, the Garden remains one of the gems of the city.  With one face to Youngstown’s hustle and bustle and another to the quiet serenity of Lake Glacier and Millcreek MetroPark, it serves as a gateway to “nature” for the surrounding neighborhoods and a garden oasis for the region.

The Garden is beloved for its rose collection, formal allee, stately trees, rolling lawn and stunning annual display beds. The master plan honored these essential bones while unveiling the potential for growth, both in acres and in thematic direction.  Selective acquisition of adjacent parcels helped address the dire need for improved and expanded maintenance facilities, additional visitor parking, and a safer vehicular entrance.  A stronger commitment to welcoming an urban audience and sustainable design led to a proposed visitor arrival sequence that deepens the Garden’s brand to say, “We are more than a rose garden.” A new entrance drive and parking gardens will feature native plants, rain gardens, pervious paving and recycled hardscape materials.  Inside the Garden’s gates, Terra is designing a family garden that leads the search for “nature in the sidewalk crack,” and construction has been completed on an artful storm water exhibit near the newly-designed Ohio Woodland Gardens.


  • Civil & Environmental Consultants
  • Faniro Architects

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