History & Tourism

Fall Road Trips: Autumn Colors Everywhere, Including Right Here At Home

28 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Magazine’s most recent edition has highlighted places across the state where the bright colors of fall make their presence known.

Included are a selection of both arboretums and botanical gardens in all corners of Ohio, each displayed fall foliage in plentiful supply. Many also provide an opportunity for a day trip from Richland County, with recommended stops as close as Wooster, Newark, Fremont, and Columbus.

No such review could be complete, of course, without a mention of one of the Midwest’s finest public gardens right here at home. The article, entitled Ohio Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit this Fall by Macy Kile, Sarah Miller, Emma Shinker, Rebecca Vernak, and Krista Willis says this about Kingwood Center Gardens:

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African Violets To Grace Kingwood Next Weekend

12 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Officially, they are known as “Saintpaulia.” In the United States, these six to twenty species of perennials are known by the term “African violets,” reflecting their native origin in Tanzania and eastern Kenya.

Aficionados will be heading to Kingwood Center Gardens this coming weekend for events centered on these beautiful flowers. More…

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Kingwood Reopening Peacock Playhouse And Storybook Trail

27 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles are sure to appear when Kingwood Center Gardens reopens two of its attractions oriented toward its youngest visitors.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 4 PM, the Peacock Playhouse and the Storybook Trail will be officially reopened.

The Peacock Playhouse recently was refreshed and upgraded. The redesign and expansion of the venue will improve children’s experiences. First opened in 2017, and located in the old gatehouse on Kingwood’s Park Avenue corner, it features toys and activities to stimulate the senses.

On September 1 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM, Kingwood welcomes guests to a trip on the Storybook Trail by fairy light lantern. This fun, family night out will start on our trail and end with a campfire and s’mores. Please make sure to register all guests so that enough will be available for everyone. 

You can register online here.

This in an open-house style program. Registered participants can come enjoy the event any time between 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

Photos are below.

Source: Kingwood Center Gardens; Photo: Creative Commons License

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Three Types Of Tours At Kingwood This Month

10 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.”

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Last Week Arrives For Fragrant Kingwood Exhibit: Plant Market Next Weekend

24 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens has been a very smelly kind of place over that last several weeks – the good kind of smells, that is.

Since early February, it has hosted Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance, a unique exhibition that has brought thousands of attendees to Kingwood.

On February 1, we posted a look at the exhibit that included a photo and a short video. That post can be read here.

As we noted then, the exhibition at Kingwood runs through April 30. It takes place from 11L:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day.

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Ohio Tourism Website Highlights Inspirational Kingwood

13 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The folks behind Ohio. Find It Here, the state’s online tourism portal, routinely feature inspirational travel ideas from across the Buckeye State.

This month, they traveled to Mansfield.

“Spend a Day at Kingwood Center Gardens” is a full-length introduction to all things Kingwood. The staff-written piece begins this way:

“As you pass through the majestic wrought iron gates and follow the winding, tree-lined road into Kingwood Center Gardens, you may feel as though you’re entering the grounds of a castle. The illusion continues as you crest the hill and catch a glimpse of the stately brick mansion and enchanting gardens. It may feel impossible that just a few seconds ago you were on a busy road in Mansfield, Ohio, but that’s just part of the charm of this 47-acre horticulture wonderland.”

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Landmarks of Mansfield Special: The Kingwood Center Duck Pond

5 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is a special Landmarks of Mansfield post.

A beloved community asset, visited by generations of area residents, has temporarily closed.

Rest assured that that in this case closure is good news, however.

The Duck Pond at Kingwood Center Gardens, that remarkable place of the vending machines with pellets and the resulting waddling of ducks chasing after food, their voices quacking loudly at the same time, is getting a much needed makeover this year. The project began last month and will continue until this fall.

Kingwood shares that this is a repair project for the pond’s concrete liner as well as an effort to improve water quality – including increasing the pond’s center depth. The basic dimensions of the banks will remain the same.

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Raising Richland Community Garden Summit This Thursday

21 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Connect at Kingwood for the Raising Richland Community Garden Summit this Thursday, March 24, from 5-8 PM.

The summit is free and will include areas of interest for both children and adults with a theme this year of Herb Gardening.

Children will have Displays & Snacks and a Cultivating Kids session. Adults will enjoy garden exhibits & vendors, two herb gardening speaker sessions, refreshments, and door prize drawings.

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Color At Kingwood

7 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re choosing to ignore the monochromatic white outside and instead celebrate with Kingwood Center Gardens on their new website. If you haven’t yet visited Kingwood’s new online home, you can find it at: www.kingwoodcenter.org.

We’re doing so by revisiting a trip we made there back in the summer of 2016, right before 1812Blockhouse was launched. Below are photos from that visit. Click on the image to access the album.

Kingwood Center Gardens

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Kingwood Hosting Fragrant Exhibit This Winter And Spring

1 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a brand new experience at Kingwood Center Gardens, one which combines the world of fragrance with the beauty of gardens and horticulture.

A feast for the eyes and nose, in other words.

It’s called “Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance,” and it will be on display between February 5 and April 30.

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The Colors Of Kingwood Are Showcased On Its New Website

25 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

We all know Kingwood Center Gardens to be a beautiful place to visit. Strolling the sidewalks surrounded by color is a wonderful experience.

A beautiful place in the real world deserves a beautiful place in the digital world.

That is exactly what is in store for visitors to Kingwood’s new website, which bursts off the screen with colorful images. It remains at the same URL, www.kingwoodcenter.org.

Highlights of the new site include:

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State Tourism Office Tree Features Kingwood Ornament

15 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The office of Ohio. Find It Here, the state’s tourism effort headquartered in Columbus, is celebrating the holidays by bringing local Buckeye attractions inside, as it were.

The office’s large Christmas tree is bedecked with ornaments featuring a variety of attractions/tourism partners across Ohio, including from Richland County. Over the days leading up to Christmas, it will be showcasing several of those interesting additions to their tree on their Twitter page.

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Christmas At Kingwood Continues; Reindeer Arrive This Week

14 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Christmas at Kingwood, the celebration of lights, music, nature, and more, continues at Kingwood Center Gardens through December 30.

As a special treat, Christmas reindeer will be arriving at Kingwood this Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 PM each evening. The animals are sponsored by Smile Doctors of Mansfield.

A reminder that Kingwood will be closed all day on Tuesday but will reopen during the regular event outs that evening.

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Pumpkin Glow Is Back

13 Oct , 2021  

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Special to 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens will once again be aglow with the lights of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns this fall at the beloved Great Pumpkin Glow.

Now entering its ninth year, the Great Pumpkin Glow is back for two weekends in October.

The Great Pumpkin Glow is open from 5-10 PM on Saturdays and 5-9 PM Sundays on October 16-17 and 23-24. Timed tickets to this all-weather event are already available online at kingwoodcenter.org for $10 or $8 for members. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

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Pumpkin Carvers Sought

15 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Do you really, really enjoy pumpkin carving? Are you handy with a pumpkin and a carving knife?

If so, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

In order to prepare for its larger and better than ever 2021 Pumpkin Glow, Kingwood Center Gardens is on the lookout for volunteer carvers. The event has grown so that some several hundred pumpkins need to be carved and lit. More…

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