Kingwood Presents Landscape Inspirations Symposium on April 1st

Kingwood Center Gardens


MANSFIELD, Ohio (FEBRUARY 21, 2023)   Kingwood Center Gardens will hold a half day symposium on Saturday, April 1, 9:00AM – 12:30PM in the Garden Gateway King Ballroom. The 2023 symposium theme is Fostering Intentional Plant Communities. The event is open to the public and advanced registration is required.

The keynote speaker will be Austin Eischeid of Austin Eischeid Garden Design, Chicago, IL. Eischeid is the designer of the Meadow Garden in Kingwood's Perennial Garden. He will present methods to create a four-season garden by using the right combination of plants. These gardens can reduce watering and weeding needs as well as attract a wide variety of birds and other pollinators.

An Iowa native with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University, Eischeid’s work experience after studying include: Hermannshof Garden in Germany under the direction of Cassian Schmidt, Orchard Dene Nursery in England, and Chanticleer Garden in Philadelphia. In addition, he worked with mentors and colleagues Piet Oudolf and Roy Diblik on a number of projects to gain practical knowledge on dynamic planting plan designs and layouts. 

Kingwood’s Executive Director, Josh Steffen, will also speak and introduce the concepts of intentional plant communities and how these design approaches differ from traditional garden design.

The symposium has been approved for the following continuing education units: 1 OCNT through the Ohio Green Industry Association; 1 CEU through the Professional Grounds Management Society; 3 CEUs through the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

The symposium registration fee is $50 for Kingwood Members and $65 for non-members. Registration includes morning refreshments. Learn more and register now at or call 419-522-0211.


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 tens of 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 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, a Nature Pond, and utilizes cutting-edge stormwater management methods.