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Tom Hrivnak
Director of Horticulture
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Akron, Ohio
B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1988
Area of emphasis: Forestry


As Director of Horticulture for Stan Hywett Hall and Gardens, Tom Hrivnak oversees 70 acres of gardens originally designed by landscape architect Warren Manning between 1915 and 1929. “As part of the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens mission to preserve, restore and interpret the F.A. Seiberling family legacy, our horticultural mission is to preserve, protect and restore the gardens of Warren Manning,” explains Hrivnak.

Originally a private estate, the extensive renovation plans have been developed from a combination of plant lists, old photographs and correspondence between owner Charles Sieberling and Manning. “Analyzing this historical data has resulted in a long term effort to return the Stan Hywett estate to its original grandeur,” says Hrivnak.

With a full-time staff of six, Hrivnak manages the unique collection of gardens including, a Birch allee, a breakfast room garden, a dell, a grape arbor, the Great Garden, the Great Meadow, a greenhouse, a conservatory, a Japanese garden, a lagoon and the west terrace. One of the most beloved is the English Garden designed by pioneer female landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. The fully-restored walled garden is the only Shipman garden in the country open to the public.