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About Us

A History of Friends

Founded in 1988, Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, Inc. is a non-profit corporation committed to the preservation and improvement of Fellows Riverside Gardens as a cultural, educational, and aesthetic center in the community where people and plants connect. Under the auspices of Mill Creek MetroParks, a county-based park system serving Mahoning County, Fellows Riverside Gardens encompasses twelve acres in the Mahoning Commons near downtown Youngstown. 

The Gift of a Garden

Fellows Riverside Gardens is the culmination of Elizabeth Fellows' dream to create a beauty spot for all to enjoy. Mrs. Fellows willed the land and money to Mill Creek MetroParks to build and maintain a free public garden. In 1958, Elizabeth died at the age of 96 in her home. Since its first planting in 1963, the Gardens have been shaped by the generosity of many people.     

The D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center

The Gift of a Visitor Center

Through the fundraising efforts of Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens and generosity from the Davis family, this exquisite facility opened December 15, 2000. Constructed entirely through private donations, the building was given to Mill Creek MetroParks for the community to enjoy. This year-round facility welcomes visitors from the local community and across the nation and serves as a special venue for a variety of events, programs, and rental needs.

Interested in Rental Information?

Many of the rooms inside the Davis Center are available to rent for weddings, meetings, and special events Visit the MetroParks website to find out more.

Shop in the Gardens

Friends funds the Shop in the Gardens, a spectacular boutique with a unique selection of gifts, home decor, bath & beauty products, candles and garden items. Stop in to find the perfect wedding or shower gift, or even pick up special seasonal items like MetroParks-made honey and maple syrup! All proceeds from Shop sales are donated directly to Fellows Riverside Gardens or used to fund Friends-sponsored programs and events.


Shop Staff:

Jeanne Simeone, buyer

Eileen Stankovich, manager

Carol Gehm, cashier

Carolyn Little, cashier


Plus, a huge thank you to the many wonderful volunteers who help day-to-day to keep our beautiful shop running smoothly. We couln't do it without you!


To reach the Shop in the Gardens, call 330-740-7116 or email shopinthegardens@millcreekmetroparks.org