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Annual Report, 2014

For the last six years Kingwood has been on a new trajectory. We understand that our future depends on more income diversity, and a more market oriented approach to offering Mr. King’s estate, a place where the joys, appreciation and knowledge of gardens, gardening and associated interests can be cultivated. We need to earn and raise more money to support our mission while making more efficient and targeted use of the resources we have. We have made steady progress on all counts, but 2014 brought some vital advances.

Our earned income rose 11% over 2013 to $264,051; our endowment income increased by 6% to $750,000, but our contributions and grants increased by 1,780% to $610,635!

With the generous gifts we have initiated some vital planning. Terra Design Studios of Pittsburgh has assembled a team of advisors to guide Kingwood through a master planning process that should prove vital in guiding us along our new path of providing better more profound experiences for our visitors while bolstering the long-term viability of Kingwood Center. The planning is expected to be completed in July of 2015.

Our operating expenses for 2014 were $1,014,896 which was comfortably below the $1,020,005 budget. Capital and special operating expenses took initial advantage of some restricted gifts to venture $9,343 over budget and spend $81,593. Our net operating assets increased from $164,951 in 2013 to $758,193 at the end of 2014.

We were very saddened by the death of long time Kingwood employee, Charles Applegate. Charles was the embodiment of Kingwood horticulture. As Charles continued working through his seventies and into his eighties others gradually assumed responsibility for his daily duties, but it is hard to imagine anyone replacing his infectious love of gardening.

Our fourth Great Pumpkin Glow was a smash hit. Expanded to two days the event attracted almost 7,000 visitors and earned Kingwood Center over $24,000. It was a maximum effort of every resource we could garner from staff to volunteers to hired policemen to cooperative Mansfield School administrators, to contributors and sponsors and on and on.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters, but special mention should be made of those who have given us $1,000 or more over the past year.


James R. Borden: $463,261

James and Johanna Bodiford: $100,000

Michael McKinley: $5,000

Ohio Daylily Society: $2,500 for the Applegate Memorial Fund

William B. Sharp & the Sharp Family Foundation: $2,000

Therm-O-Disc: $1,000


Richland County Foundation Designated Funds:

                Rex E. & Marjorie Sue Collins Fund: $2,204

                William & Katherine Jane McCarrick Fund: $3,129

                Rowland & Delight Patricia Poth Fund: $8,516

                Sara & Eugene Goin Donor Advised Fund: $3,000

                Kingwood Center Fund: $15,000

                Fran & Warren Rupp Donor Advised Fund: $6,300 for a summer and a winter intern

Marian Bonte Fund of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay: $1,074


Corporate Sponsorships:

Med Central Hospital: $1,500 for our Kingwood 5K Run

Century Link: $2,500 for the Great Pumpkin Glow


MEMBERSHIPS @ the $1,000 level:

Ephraim Bacquet

John & Mimi Fernyak

Tom & Lola Riester

Dan & Sue Phallen

Nancy Porter

Richard & Helen Taylor

Robert and Sandra Baxter

Dedication CeremonyBuilt in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King, the 47-acre estate opened as a public garden in 1953, one year after Mr. King's death. Mr. King, who was married and divorced twice, never had children. He left most of his estate to the private foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today. Mr. King made his fortune in Mansfield, Ohio working with the Ohio Brass Company. Hired as the company's first electrical engineer in 1893, he led Ohio Brass into new ventures, particularly the manufacture of electrical fittings for railroads and trolleys. Mr. King eventually became President and Chairman of the Board of Ohio Brass.

The King home was designed by prominent Cleveland architect Clarence Mack, who made a career of building fashionable homes in Lakewood and Shaker Heights, Ohio and in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Displaced by the Great Depression, Mack began a second successful career in 1935 designing residences in and around Palm Beach, Florida. Today the King home is used, as Mr. King directed, to house a horticultural library and the administrative offices of Kingwood Center. Much of the main floor, however, is on display in a manner similar to its original arrangement with many of Mr. King's furnishings.

King home mansion


Thank you for your interest in Kingwood Center Gardens!


Part Time Visitor Services Associate

Dedicated in 1953, Kingwood Center Gardens is a cultural and educational center with special emphasis on ornamental horticulture and gardening. The Kingwood mission is “to create beautiful gardens for enjoyment, education, and inspiration”.

Become a member of Kingwood Center Gardens Visitor Services Team and enjoy the unique opportunity to work outdoors in the splendor of our beautiful horticultural displays. Spend your summer as a guest ambassador and be a part of all the events and happenings offered here at Mansfield’s garden oasis. This is an exciting time to come aboard as Kingwood is presently in an era of growth and development, with many new offerings planned just around the corner.

This position reports to the Visitor Services Supervisor. It is a part-time, seasonal position, running from April through October, including limited work in November and December. Applicants must be willing to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends. The pay for this position is $10 per hour and ranges from 16 - 24 hours a week. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Admissions: Collecting appropriate admission fees via an electronic POS system.  Providing any and all necessary information to assist in the creation of a quality experience for all visitors upon their arrival to Kingwood Center.
  • Rentals & Events: Assist with the successful implementation of all Kingwood rentals and events. This can include but is not limited to; setting up chairs and tables for venues, cleaning venues, assisting other staff with tasks that help to make Kingwood rentals and events quality experiences for guests.
  • General Clean Up:  Conducting basic clean up functions around Kingwood Center Gardens. This would include, but is not limited to; making sure that trash cans are emptied at appropriate times, cleaning the visitor rest rooms, and picking up all litter and debris encountered while on regular patrols.
  • Safety & Security: Be a first responder to ensure the safety of patrons, staff, and center grounds. This would include, but is not limited to; providing passive deterrence of theft and vandalism in the parking lot, making rounds to ensure the security of all Kingwood buildings by turning out lights, checking thermostats, locking doors, and setting alarm systems, and making sure that all visitors have left the Kingwood premises and closing the gate at closing time.
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance while demonstrating a superior level of hospitality when working with the public, volunteers and staff.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, enjoyable and helpful atmosphere for visitors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to conduct each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and /or abilities required. 

  • Must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License.
  • Ability to interact effectively, professionally, and courteously with visitors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to relate to persons of all ages, diverse backgrounds, skills, and abilities.
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects or tasks.
  • Comply with a flexible work schedule.
  • Should expect occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching; and requires full extension of arms, grasping, holding, and pulling in all of these positions. 
  • Should be able to lift and carry approximately 50 pounds.
  • Should be able to access by foot all areas of Kingwood property.
  • Ability to work in a standing position for extended periods of time.
  • Smoking/tobacco use is prohibited while on the property.
  • We require applicant's be 16 years or older to apply. 

Email resumes and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please no phone calls or in person visits regarding the position. 

*Please note that applications are only accepted for currently advertised job openings and all applications will be kept on record for 90 days.