Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kingswood Center Gardens

Kingswood Center Gardens are located in Mansfield, Ohio.  They are on the property of the former estate of Charles King, past president of the Ohio Brass Company.  They were opened to the public in 1953, one year after his death.

Today, the property covers 47 acres, 25 of which are formal gardens and greenhouses.

Spring is an especially beautiful time to visit, as the magnolias, daffodils, crocus, and dogwoods are in bloom.  Any time of the year, however, is a good time  for a visit to this remarkable place.  On the property is a 9000 foot green house which contains cacti, succulents, and orchids.  There's a lovely water fowl pond, and plenty of fountains, statues, and flowers.

In the summer, from the end of June to the beginning of August, there are free Friday evening concerts that start at 7:00 PM.  Musicians from the local union perform.  It's a really nice way to spend a summer evening.

The gardens are open from April 14 through October 14 daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.  The greenhouse is open daily from 8 AM to 4:20 PM.  Admission is $5.00.  Tours of the estate are also offered for a fee (most of the estate is now a horicultural education center).