Join us every Tuesday at 11am or 12pm for Cultivation Education!

You will learn about insects, animals, our environment and, of course, gardening in this series at the Peacock Playhouse.
This is a FUN, FREE (admission applies to non-members) lesson that changes each week!
Cultivation Education begins on May 9th and will continue EVERY TUESDAY until September 26th.
The last Tuesday of every month is BIRD DAY!
Each class is a full 55 minutes long.  Click on any of the Activities below to get the full lesson plan.

For more information, call 419.522.0211

Due to overwhelming popularity, we are going to start asking for RSVPs starting in June.  

We will also be limiting class size to 30, but holding TWO offerings: one at 11am and the other at 12pm.

PLEASE feel free to call, even day-of, to see if there are any open slots available.

RSVP for your free tickets today!


June Lessons:

June 6th: The Buzz on Bees

The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about bees, and how they affect the world we live in. We will learn about a bee’s job, we will observe the beehives, and we will make bee finger puppets.

June 13th: Planting a Vegetable Seed

The purpose of this activity is like our “Planting a Flower” activity we had in May. However, this time there will be focus on how to grow your own food. We will go over everything from planting a vegetable garden to having fruit-bearing trees. Our focus will be to learn what we can grow, rather than buy at the store.

June 20th: Nature Walk Observation

Our class will explore nature first hand. We will take a walk through our Nature Trail as well as our Enchanted Trail. We will use our walk to observe the different things we can find in our natural world. Through observation, we will learn about how an ecosystem works together.

June 27th: All About Cardinals and Robins

We will focus on Cardinals and Robins. We will learn why they are important in our community, and why they are special/native to our area. We will learn about their anatomy and coloring. We will also learn about what they eat.


Crocus & Small Bulbs: April Roses: June to Fall Frost

Daffodils: April

Herb Garden: July to Fall frost

Magnolias: Mid April to early May

Daylilies: July and August

Peak of Spring Display: Late April to early May

Annual Display: July - September

Perennial Garden: May to Fall Frost

Ornamental Grasses: September to October

Peonies: Mid May to early June

Fall Color: First 2 weeks of Oct

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 May will be a monarch butterfly display, worm and ant farms, and a sensory garden which was generously donated by Mr. Charles Swack of Lock It Up Storage.


The Playhouse is open daily from 10am-6pm

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


Starting in May, EVERY Tuesday from 11am-1pm, we will hold a free craft-time for all children.  No RSVP necessary.


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..