These are our garden beds that are planted and replanted with the seasons. The tulips are our best known seasonal display and each tulip bed is followed by annuals.
Some of our best seasonal gardens are part of our grand spring flower display which includes magnolias, daffodils, crocus, redbuds, dogwoods, silverbells, and many more spring flowers.
Summer is also full of floral color at Kingwood as beds of annuals pitch offer vivid shows.
As Mr. and Mrs. King were having their house designed and built in 1926 they were also having their landscape designed and built as well under the direction of the Cleveland landscape architecture firm of Pitkin and Mott. Of particular note is the featured garden that is still extant and referred to today as the Formal Garden.
The gardens were built around the King's existing swimming pool. A couple of interesting features of the garden are that the pool could not be accessed without walking through an adjoining garden room and the turf of the swimming pool area was mint.
While many important features are missing now, over eighty years since its creation, the gardens retain considerable historical integrity.
Today the Formal Garden is used to display seasonal plantings of annuals and tulips. New designs are created annually, although the long term ambition is to restore the garden to its historical origins. Currently Kingwood lacks the resources for that project.
The perennial garden offers a sweep of seasonal color.
Constructed in the mid 1990's, the Terrace Garden represents a major step in Kingwood's transition from single genus display beds to integrated gardens.
The upper level of the Terrace Garden features a fountain that is a favorite distraction for small children as their parent sits and enjoys the ambiance of the garden.
Spring is amazing throughout Kingwood, including the Terrace Garden.
While seasonal plantings are featured through much of Kingwood, the Terrace Garden has a very successful integration of flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
Slowly the Terrace Garden is maturing into a wonderful immersion opportunity as the plants grow up to segment the garden into inviting and intimate rooms.
To the right is the peony garden where many hybrids donated by William Krekler reside. Krekler, born in 1900, was a landscape architect and an avid peony hybridizer in Ohio.
To the left is a small portion of the bearded iris collection, a conspicuous source of late spring color and a demonstration of one of the most popular perennials grown in the region.
On the right is the Siberian iris collection which features tetraploids by breeders such as Tamberg, Hollingworth, and McEwen. Its a small collection, but it demonstrates some excellent selections and a brief summary of the range of colors and forms available. Many garden center offerings among Siberian iris are inferior. We recommend all the varieties in our collection.
To the left is an image of some of our daylilies, by far our biggest collection. Cared for by our long time employee and prominent daylily hybridizer in his own right, Charles Applegate. Charles makes sure that our collection is full of recent and noteworthy selections. You may be overwhelmed.
On the right is our rose garden including a variety of selections such as some of the newer low maintenance varieties, Buck hybrids, and many industry standards.
As you might guess the woodland garden is on the edge of our woods. We have carved out a piece to plant a wide assortment of shade tolerant plants. Its a quiet place to relax and enjoy a shady garden.
Our tropical house is full of special treats like the Strelitzia above.
The succulent house has a center bed featuring large succulents surrounded by troughs with a wide assortment of smaller plants.
The orangery is the entrance to the greenhouse featuring a beautiful sitting area.
Walk through the greenhouse to the sales lot in the back for an opportunity to buy some distinctive garden plants.
The Herb Garden has been moved and with great success. It now has more room, more sun, and a whole new outlook on life. You will see the expected culinary, medicinal, and dye plants, along with plants that just couldn't be left out. There is also a little taste of the hot new trend in vertical gardens.
Herb Garden Workers with Kingwood employee Glenna Sheaffer
Kingwood has many minor gardens throughout the property that have not been listed here. The following photographs are a sampling.