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Master Gardener training, sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, consists of 50 hours of intensive training, and newly trained recruits volunteer at least fifty hours of service (such as at Kingwood Center!) to acquire the Master Gardener designation. For information contact OSU Extension in Richland County at 419-747-8755.
Built 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.
Kingwood Hall is the former home of Charles Kelley King, who was an influential and visionary at the Ohio Brass Company. Construction began in 1926 and the French provincial style home was designed by renowned architect, Clarence Mack. Following Mr. King's wishes, his garden estate and home opened to the public in 1953. Kingwood Hall continues to be enjoyed by visitors and maintains most of its original furnishings and decor.
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About Kingwood Center Gardens:
Built in 1926, Kingwood Center is the 47 acre historic estate of Charley Kelly King in Mansfield, Ohio. Following Mr. King’s death in 1952, the estate was opened as a public garden in 1953. Kingwood Center is a cultural and educational center with a mission to create exemplary gardens for enjoyment, education, and inspiration.