School may be out, but summer is still a wonderful time to learn! 

This year, for Cultivation Education, we are offering 3 different series for your children to enjoy. Admission for every class is FREE for children (parents are still required to pay regular admission) and will be hosted at the Peacock Playhouse, every Tuesday.

*Series 3 Update* For the final series of this season, we will be combining both classes and they will run from 10:00am to 11:30am.

For for more information on each class and to register your child, please see below:


 Series 1: Amazing Animals Series 2: Vibrant Earth Series 3: Forces of Nature
 May 15 - Bugs & Pollinators  June 19 - Living vs. Non-Living Beings  July 17 - Parts of a Plant
 May 22 - Predators & Prey  June 26 - States of Matter  July 24 - Imagine
 May 29 - Metamorphosis  July 3 - Seasons  July 31 - Weather
 June 5 - Life Cycle of a Butterfly  July 10 - Agriculture  August 7 - Sound
June 12 - Habitats    August 14 - Build

 Register for Series 1

 Ages 4-7

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 Ages 8-13

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 Register for Series 2 

 Ages 4-7

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 Ages 8-13

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Register for Series 3

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 Or Register by phone at (419) 522-0211


Welcome to the Peacock Playhouse: The Kingwood Sensory Center



Funded by a grant from the Connections Fund of the Richland County Foundation, Kingwood proudly presents our first center dedicated to the horticultural education of children ages 2-14.


The Peacock Playhouse is located in the Gate House.  This building once was the chauffer's location for Mr. Charles Kelley King.  After Mr. King's death, the Gate House has been used for a meeting space.


At the center, children and their families can explore the sounds of nature with our chirping birds, make an inspired masterpiece at one of the art easels, see how a plant grows through our root finder, and how compost breaks down.  There are many books you can read and garden games to play.  You can even take a rest on your Kingwood journey and watch birds and hummingbirds through the large windows of the center.


Coming in June will be a sensory garden which was generously donated by Mr. Charles Swack of Lock It Up Storage.


The Playhouse is open daily from 10am-6pm. (May 5th, 2018-September 30, 2018)

It is designed for self-exploration and is periodically monitored by staff throughout the day.


Starting on May 15 - August 14, EVERY Tuesday from 11am-1pm, we will hold a Cultivation Education - a free curriculum-based program for children. 


We hope you enjoy this new educational offering and would love to hear about suggestions for making it better each year!






library fireplaceWe have over 8,000 volumes of old and new, obscure and famous, specialized and general books on gardening and gardening related topics. It is open by appointment to members or researchers.

Call 419-522-0211 ext. 108 for more information.

Many of Kingwood's professional staff offer programs on a wide range of gardening topics.  They can all be reached by calling Kingwood at 419-522-0211.

Chuck Gleaves is the Executive Director of Kingwood Center Gardens and has a wide range of gardening interests including photography which make his programs dynamic.  He particularly likes to speak about his experience in developing his own gardens, where he has experimented with a wide range of gardening techniques and habitats.  He is also happy to talk about Kingwood Center Gardens, garden history, best plant selections, learning the "medium" of gardening, edible landscapes, gardening with native plants, and many other horticultural topics.  Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas on potential gardening topics and he will discuss accommodating requests.  See his blog at

Bill Collins is the Head Gardener at Kingwood Center Gardens, and also manages a number of the educational programs, shows, and a wide assortment of gardening programs. Contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about his long list of specific programs he offers under the following topics: Kingwood Center, landscape design, perennials, annuals, trees & shrubs, herbs, edible flowers, house plants, floral design, public & private gardens.

Glenna Sheaffer has been a gardener at Kingwood since 1989.  She is responsible for the perennial, woodland and herb gardens.  She has designed displays and topiaries, gives lectures, tours and workshops, and arranges fresh and dried flowers. Some specific titles of programs she is prepared to offer are: Garden Design (Perennial, Herb or Shade), Colonial Herbs (a power point program), Dividing Perennials, Wildflowers, Perennials A-Z.  Horticultural topics she can address include:  Arranging with Herbs, Drying Flowers for Arranging, Low Maintenance Gardening, Extending the Garden into Fall and Winter, and Getting Ready for Spring.  You can reach Glenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..