This Historic Estate One Hour North Of Columbus Has The Most Enchanting Gardens

An hour north of Columbus, a magical outdoor experience awaits.

The Kingwood Center Gardens is officially open and welcoming visitors for its 2020 season. If you haven’t heard of this fantastically beautiful spot before, don’t feel bad. It’s criminally underrated and a bit of a hidden gem. Although the gardens used to be seasonal, they’ll now be open year-round as Kingwood’s new Garden Gateway project opens later this year.

During times like these, the importance of beautiful outdoor spaces can’t be overstated. Kingwood Center Gardens Director Chuck Gleaves recognized that in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the public is yearning for safe, outdoor experiences.

“The essence of our attraction is 47 acres of beautiful, open outdoor gardens,” said Gleaves. “Kingwood offers a safe and much-needed oasis for anyone looking for a change of scenery and those who may be suffering from the stress of the pandemic.”

This stunning garden estate was once the home of industrialist Charles Kelley King. Known for its distinctive floral displays, unique plant specimens, woodland trails, historic mansion and gardens, duck pond, and peacocks, Kingwood hosts a variety of events for thousands of guests throughout the year.

Kingwood Center Gardens has been undergoing a massive Garden Gateway expansion and improvement project, which will be unveiled late this summer. A Garden Gateway Visitor Center, updated and expanded perennial garden areas, a new café, gift shop, pavilion, and retail greenhouse are part of the project. A new exhibit gallery will highlight King’s business and historical legacy, along with other exhibits on regional history from 1926 until today.

With $5 admission (free for children 12 and under), Kingwood Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Garden Shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like to visit the gardens on a budget, you can stop by on the first Monday of every month when admission is free.

For right now, there are certain guidelines that visitors will need to be aware of before visiting Kingwood Center Gardens.

  • Garden capacity will be limited to prevent overcrowding.
  • Kingwood Hall, the Display Greenhouse, Workshop, and Peacock Playhouse will remain closed until historical places are permitted to reopen.
  • Restrooms will not be open.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout the gardens
  • Staff interacting with the public will wear face coverings for your protection and visitors are asked to wear masks as well.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is requested between your party and other guests.

For more info about planning your trip to Kingwood Center Gardens, you can visit their website here.

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