By Jamie Rhein, Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
In 1926, industrial giant Charles Kelley King began construction on his 47-acre gentleman’s pastoral estate complete with lush gardens. King later bequeathed his beloved home to the public to enjoy. Today, Kingwood Center Gardens is a botanical garden and horticulture showcase.
A stroll along walkways winding through terraced landscapes and flower beds will rejuvenate your soul. Blooms range from pastel shades to neon hues. From seasonal tulip displays to the historic Formal Garden, there’s a horticulture lesson at every turn — plant markers depict common and scientific names.
Don’t miss the new Storybook Trail, where color pages of a picture book lead you through the woods on a literary adventure. Other paths lead to bubbling fountains, benches in hidden nooks and outdoor art. Feed the ducks in the pond and keep your eye out for the majestic peacocks that roam the park. More…
The next time you consider a visit to Mansfield’s gem of a public garden, Kingwood Center Gardens, why not do some touring as well?
Kingwood offers three tours designed to interest history and garden lovers alike.
Tours of the main house, Kingwood Hall, have been going on since the fall of 1953. The house was the home of industrialist Charles Kelly King, who left a $3 million trust fund to transform Kingwood into a “…public garden and park to promote interests in horticulture, literature, music, and fine arts for residents of Mansfield and surrounding areas.” More…
On Saturday, June 12, take the opportunity to run not only through roses, but also scores of other flowering plants as Kingwood Center Gardens hosts its 11th Annual Family 5K Run/Walk.
Brought to you by Ohio Health, the event will take runners and walkers through charming gardens. Participants of all ages are welcome.
Registration begins at 7:45 AM, and the race starts at 9:00 AM. Due to COVID-19 there will be no award ceremony, however winners will be announced on social media. More…
Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield has always been a special place for kids and their parents.
Many Richland County and area children, even those who are now seniors, have rich memories of visits to that magical place in their youth — seeing the flowers and, of course, feeding the peacocks!
Kingwood has recently expanded its programs for the entire family. Below are a handful taking place through the end of May; click on any for more information and/or online registration. More…
Thinking of April conjures up tulips and spring air; warmer temperatures and blooming wildflowers.
It also suggests birds and butterflies — both of which are being showcase this month across Richland County.
Following are links to events and workshops on this theme — click on any for more information and, where available, online registration. Please note that the Birding Boat Tours repeat on Sunday, April 25 at the same times, and that other Mohican Wildlife Weekend events may have a component dealing with birds or butterflies. More…
Mansfield’s Kingwood Center Gardens is continuing its mission to share the beauty of its gardens together with horticultural education so you can succeed in your own gardening activities.
To that end, the landmark attraction welcomes visitors to attend workshops and educational programs throughout the year. Some are geared for children, some for “more seasoned” gardeners, and so for the entire family.
Here are several coming up during the month of April and the first part of May. More…
As the weather begins to warm up, slowly but surely, activity is beginning to increase all over Richland County — including at Kingwood Center Gardens.
Workshops and educational offerings are ramping up in March. Here are several that will be taking place between March 1 and 16. Click on any for more information.
Winter hours remain in effect for those part of Kingwood that are open at this time of year — the gardens and grounds from 10 AM to 5 PM, and the Garden & Gift Shop, Gateway Cafe, and Display Greenhouse from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. More…
While many Richland Countians engage in the pastime, it’s not everyday that cross-stitch artworks go on display in north central Ohio.
That is precisely what is taking place from March 1 through March 14 at Kingwood Center Gardens.
Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Around since the Middle Ages, the earliest known example in America was created in 1653. More…
There are still many things to do in the middle of some classic north central Ohio winter weather.
Why not exercise your creative side while taking a workshop or two at Mansfield’s Kingwood Center? There are several to choose from during the month of February — see below for details from Destination Mansfield – Richland County.
For more information on any of these, contact Kingwood Center at (419) 522-0211. More…
Christmas at Kingwood is underway at Mansfield’s magnificent public gardens, and there is much to see and do this year.
As we shared in a post last week,
“It’s one of the area’s most beloved holiday traditions. Christmas at Kingwood will be unique this year in at least two ways. First, it will be the first since the opening of the new Garden Gateway, which is sure to add to the holiday atmosphere and fun. Second, this year’s edition will include reserved times in light of the public health situation.”
One this is certain — as in years past, the event will provide visitors with an infusion of cheer. This particular year, that is something that many of us could use. More…
It’s one of the area’s most beloved holiday traditions.
Christmas at Kingwood will be unique this year in at least two ways. First, it will be the first since the opening of the new Garden Gateway, which is sure to add to the holiday atmosphere and fun. Second, this year’s edition will include reserved times in light of the public health situation.
Destination Mansfield – Richland County describes the event this way: More…
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, See! this our fathers did for us.” John Ruskin, art critic (1819-1900)
What the Board of Kingwood Center Gardens, backed by tremendous community support and countless volunteer hours, has done over the last two to three years is something that truly stands apart. As Ruskin’s quote suggests, the Garden Gateway Project, which opens this week, is designed and built in a way that captures the visitation of an industrialist benefactor; celebrates the beauty of flowers and landscaping; and which pays meticulous attention in even the smallest design elements.
So what Mansfield is actually receiving is something that does not come along that often — an instant community treasure and civic landmark.
This is the week when the Garden Gateway Project at Kingwood Center Gardens opens its doors to the public.
As Kingwood has done throughout, the Project Blog has been updated with the latest photos of the interior and exterior of the new Garden Gateway.
The latest edition, posted this past Wednesday and which can be accessed below, includes not only “sneak peeks” but images of the some of the most beautiful tile mosaics being installed.
1812Blockhouse will have a full story on Tuesday about the Grand Opening. More…
There has long been a saying, “God is in the details” which, while of debatable origin, means that sometimes it’s the smallest elements of design or execution that transform an object into something truly memorable.
That phrase would seem to apply to Kingwood Center Gardens as September winds to a close. October brings the opening of the Garden Gateway, and those working on the interior and exterior of the new facility are hard at work installing those last-minute touches or, because this is Kingwood Center, splashes of color and ornament.
Those changes are reflected in this week’s edition of the Project Blog. Photos shared include views of unique aspects of the nearly-finished building and grounds. More…