In a recent interview I did with Tim Wood of Spring Meadow Nursery, he told me he thought, “Kingwod Center was a hidden jewel in Ohio.” I think he is right; the people around Mansfield have a real gem in their midst. It was the first public botanical garden I visited after moving to Ohio, it was just wonderful.
So if you want to stay gardening, why visit a botanical garden? Well, inspiration for one. You get to see other gardeners’ handiwork and can gleam from their ideas what you might use back home. Botanical gardens, by definition, are meant to be educational. You should easily find plants accurately labeled, plenty of classes offered and garden clubs staffing tables.
Do yourself a favor, check out their calendar of events for next time and never leave home without something to take notes with and a camera.
Along the walkways, there are plenty of benches to sit and soak in the view. Okay, that is the second reason to visit, just to be there. To replenish yourself being surrounded by what you love.
Their gardens are filled with roses
peonies and herb plantings. There is a pond and courtyard with tables and chairs. One of the glasshouses is a desert conservatory; Kingwood is also known for their holiday displays in a greenhouse set aside just for that purpose.
Kingwood Center has enough gardens on its 47 acres that you will find something outside or indoors to see, no matter the time of year. Remember to check out their place set up to sell plants, too. A real bargain, I think, since you know who grew the plants.
Speaking of bargains, this botanical garden’s admission fees are cheap; $5 for a car load of people or walk-ins are $2. Leave your pets safe at home; you will see a lot of wildlife at Kingwood Center in the park.
So, to stay gardening when you don’t feel like it, take yourself to someone else’s garden. Kingwood Center, in Ohio, is one place to start.