On Friday afternoon, Kingwood Center Gardens officials made an exciting announcement both in an outdoor event and via Facebook Live.

In December, it was shared that some $7 million had been raised in an “Honoring the Past, Growing the Future” campaign that had an overall goal of $8.5 million (our story can be found here). That amount would fund an initial phase of hoped-for improvements.

On Friday, just four months later, that total sum has been raised, it was shared. Not only that, but with a revised goal of $9.25 million, some future projects can be brought into current planning and execution.

The goal was reached with previously announced gifts, as well as a recent $1 million grant from an unnamed couple that was described as “intentional.”

The first work will involve a horticulture maintenance area, with work getting underway as early as June. The new Garden Gateway Visitors/Education Center facility, at the end of the “allee,” is targeted for a June 2020 completion date. This 15,000 square foot facility will include a multi purpose space that can realize Charles Kelley King’s hope for an auditorium at Kingwood.

The new additions to the phase one projects include a “Grand Perennial Walk,” which will connect the Visitors Center and Kingwood Hall. Also included will be an “Auto Gardens” area for parking which will feature plantings and trees. “When you first drive in, you will have a sense of garden immediately,” it was said.

When all is completed in phase one, including through donated funds, grant, and trust funds, over $10 million will have been spent to take Kingwood Center Gardens to the next level.

The Facebook Live video of the announcement can be viewed below.

Photos: 1812Blockhouse

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