Bonney Castle

  The Gazebo and Alley at Bonney Castle Created as a formal English garden in 1974 by English Professor John Shaw and his “Garden in Literature” class, Bonney Castle Garden is noted for its grove of fruit trees, rockery, herb garden and its 18th Century New England gazebo. Bonney Castle Garden is named for the Inn, which forms its entrance. Home of the English Department, Bonney Castle welcomes us into a world of classical antiquity through its splendid Western Reserve doorway, an example of the Greco Revival in early nineteenth century American architecture. The garden is a favorite spot for Hiram College student weddings and other get-togethers. The garden is now a special project of the Hiram Alumni Volunteer Association and HCGS board members. Professor Charles McKinley is donating funds to rebuild the gazebo, an exact replica of the gazebo at Strawbery Bank in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The lovely small herb garden, which honors Mrs. Hester Crawford, an herbalist of national reputation, is in need of complete redesign and replanting as is the rockery and some perennial beds. Local resident Walter Chenchic moved the foundation of the gazebo to align it with a view of the woodland path connecting the Weekend College Garden. At Bonney Castle the following plants are present: Common yarrow