April 18, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KINGWOOD CENTER GARDENS 50 N. Trimble Road Mansfield, OH 44906
Contact: Brenda Nelson
Director of Development & Marketing
“Nurturing Hands” Sculpture Presented to Kingwood Center Gardens
MANSFIELD, Ohio (April 18, 2022) The Mansfield Garden Club presented Kingwood Center Gardens with a new eight-foot sculpture fashioned of brushed stainless steel. “Nurturing Hands” by sculptor Michael Liscano pays tribute to members of all garden clubs for their dedication in nurturing and enhancing flora in our lives. Clustered, vertical flora-like forms rise from the base of the sculpture. Hands represent the contribution of countless volunteers.
An installation celebration was held on Thursday, April 14 in the Carriage House Patio Garden, the site of the sculpture. Connie Pastor, club president, officially presented the sculpture donation.
“Kingwood is honored to accept this sculpture. We value the unique legacy of this club and appreciate the sculpture’s theme of paying tribute to garden club volunteerism,” stated Josh Steffen, executive director of Kingwood Center Gardens.
The concept for the sculpture became evident as the Mansfield Garden Club began planning for their 95th Anniversary in 2023. The Mansfield Garden Club was founded in 1928 by a group of ladies led by Mrs. Luise Mack King, the second wife of Charles Kelley King, and Mrs. Jessie Baxter Black, wife of Frank Black. It was the first garden club in Mansfield and one of the first in the State of Ohio. Through the years, the club members have taken active roles in community gardening, landscaping projects, flower shows, and supporting Kingwood in an array of events, programs, and projects.
About Kingwood Center Gardens
Kingwood Center Gardens is an exquisite garden estate on 47 acres in Mansfield, OH that once was the home of the innovative industrialist, Charles Kelley King. Kingwood is renowned for its distinctive floral displays, unique plant specimens, woodland trails, historic mansion and gardens, display greenhouse, duck pond, and peacocks. Signature events like Wine Walk, the Great Pumpkin Glow and Christmas at Kingwood delight thousands of guests annually while providing vital support for this non-profit organization.
In mid-October 2020, Kingwood celebrated the opening of the Garden Gateway, a new visitor center with a café, garden and gift shop, ballroom, exhibit gallery, and guest amenities. The Garden Gateway Project also includes the Grand Perennial Garden with Perennial Pavilion, the new Draffan Fountain Terrace, and a Nature Pond.