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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.

Open Daily from 10 AM - 5 PM

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!


Head Gardener Job Posting

Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio is seeking a Head Gardener to oversee Kingwood’s formal and informal gardens. 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. He left his home and most of his accumulated wealth to the private foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Kingwood Center Gardens develops and displays exemplary gardens on the former estate for the pleasure and education of its constituents. Auxiliary activities and programs are offered to support and to accentuate the enjoyment and understanding of the gardens and horticulture.

This position is perfect for an individual who enjoys gardening and has acquired a diverse and extensive horticulture skill set. It provides the successful candidate the opportunity to immerse themselves into gardening while supervising four skilled gardeners and affiliated seasonals and volunteers. This position reports directly to the Director of Horticulture as one of three horticultural managers. The other two horticultural managers who report to the Director of Horticulture manage the greenhouse and the general grounds. The Head Gardener position offers diverse and challenging responsibilities and the opportunity to craft great gardens and a fulfilling career. This position will be filled by a passionate horticulturist with experience, expertise, and professionalism, who is eager to share their experiences and knowledge with others.

This position is also directly involved with the completion of the new Garden Gateway Project, which includes building a new visitor’s center, the addition of new gardens and renovations to existing ones. The Head Gardener will help coordinate planting and care of plant material used in the project and lead the maintenance of these gardens once finished in spring of 2020.

Kingwood provides benefits including, health insurance, 401k, vacation, holidays and more.

Submit the following to:

Mark Hoover, Director of Horticulture

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  • Application
  • Resume/Cover Letter
  • References will be required of finalists

 Job Description

Head Gardener

Kingwood Center Gardens' Head Gardener supervises the operation of our gardens. The Head Gardener is responsible for providing experience, expertise, and professionalism and is eager to share their experiences and knowledge with others. Kingwood’s Head gardener reports directly to the Director of Horticulture. The Head Gardener will supervise other gardeners and seasonal staff and collaborate with team members within the Horticulture Department. The Head Gardener oversees the maintenance and development of Kingwood’s gardens. They accomplish this by applying standard, as well as specialized horticultural practices which include, but will not be limited to: landscape/garden design, weeding, trimming, watering, pruning, planting, shoveling, raking, use of power equipment, pest & disease identification and control, irrigation systems, stonework, balling and burlap, propagation, and mowing.


  • Contributes to the design and supervises the implementation of our seasonal displays
  • Oversees Kingwood’s garden development
  • Garden crew supervisor: Involves time management, training of other gardeners, assures that the gardeners work diligently and carefully to obtain the short-term and long-term goals of the gardens and makes sure that all gardeners can accomplish tasks on their own accord and collectively as a group.
  • Diseases and Pest identification and provide course of action for resolving the pest or disease issue
  • Maintain plant records for gardens
  • Oversee the process of creating and labeling plant material
  • Conduct speaking engagements, workshops, demonstrations on experiences and knowledge within Horticulture
  • Assessment and curation of hardscapes at Kingwood


  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in a plant science such as horticulture, equivalent experience may be considered
  • Valid Driver License
  • Willing to work in all types of weather
  • Physically able to bend over, kneel, and lift objects up to 70 pounds in weight
  • Basic knowledge of database configuration and data entry (Microsoft Excel and Access)
  • Well-developed speaking and writing skills