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

This year, for Cultivation Education, we are offering 2 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 10:30 am -11:30 am 



 Series 1: Amazing Animals Series 2: Vibrant Earth
May 28 - Kingwood Kids  July 9 - Living vs. Non-Living Beings
June 4 - Bugs & Pollinators  July 16 - States of Matter
June 11 - Predators & Prey  July 23 - Seasons
June 18 - Metamorphosis  July 30 - Agriculture
June 25 - Life Cycle of a Butterfly  
July 2 - Habitats  

 Register for Series 1

 Ages 4-8

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 Register for Series 2 

 Ages 4-8

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 Or Register by phone at (419) 522-0211


Welcome to the Peacock Playhouse: The Kingwood Sensory Center 


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 was used as a meeting space.

At the Peacock Playhouse, children and their families can explore nature through many different activities. There are books you can read, garden games to play, and masterpieces to create.  You can even take a rest on your Kingwood journey and watch birds and hummingbirds through the large windows of the center.

The Playhouse is open daily from 10am-6pm. (April 1, 2019-October 31, 2019)

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

Starting on May 28 - July 23, EVERY Tuesday from 10:30am-11:30am, we will hold Cultivation Education: Summer 2019 - a free curriculum-based program for children, ages 4-8. 

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





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 www.lifestylegarden.blogspot.com

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..