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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.
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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.
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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.