It is said that gardens don't outlive the gardener. Unfortunately, this is mostly true. However, there are exceptions and this is fortunate for those of us who love to visit well known gardens. During these cold winter months, it is exciting to think about an upcoming summer vacation to one of these gardens.
There is a spectacular garden in Mansfield, Ohio that was created by Charles Kelley King. He bought the property in the early 1900's and lived on the estate until his death in 1952. Kingwood Center is now a private non-profit educational institution that is open to the public year round.
There is so much to see and do there: classes, demonstrations, workshops, flower shows, and plant sales are offered for visitors. There are over 200 volunteers who work at the gardens as well as a professional staff.
Even in winter, there are masses of flowers to enjoy in the breathtaking displays of the greenhouses. There is also a wonderful library containing many garden resources. The center is supported by the King trust, memberships, and private contributions.
Here is the contact information for those interested in visiting:
900 Park Avenue West
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
Gardens open March - December