Kingwood Center Head Gardener And Plant Talk Host To Retire

  • 11/13/2017 3:00:16 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Bill Collins has worked with Kingwood Center Gardens for over 30 years, in a variety of roles. His love of horticulture led him to intern at the center when he first began his career, and now - as the head gardener - he's ready to step down from his role, and looking forward to passing the torch to his successor.

Collins has also been a co-host of WMFD's Plant Talk, a show that started its life as a radio program before being picked up as a full TV production. Collins credits the show for giving Kingwood Center a larger presence than it would have normally - the center's tourism has increased immensely in the years the show has been broadcast.

"People from Sandusky, Cleveland, Lima, Wooster... it (the show) has brought them to Kingwood," Collins said. "I have mixed feelings about giving all that up, but I'm also looking forward to retiring and doing some traveling. I do plan on continuing to do things at Kingwood, but on a volunteer basis."

Please join us in wishing Bill the best of luck in retirement. Comments and well-wishes can be sent to

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