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Enjoy the Kenan Gardens

August 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Kenan House Gardens

Anytime! Enjoy a walk through the Kenan Center Campus and Gardens.

The Kenan Center gardens are a legacy of the late William R. Kenan, Jr. who owned the Lockport estate that now serves as the Kenan Center. Educated as a  scientist and engineer, Mr. Kenan was also an avid horticulturist, and spent many enjoyable hours in his greenhouse, applying his scientist’s eye for detail to his hobby. He was especially enamored with a rare Night Blooming Cereus and was known to leave the fragile blooms on neighbor’s doorsteps.  Mr. Kenan enjoyed keeping his grounds beautiful and spent a great deal of time and money decorating the extensive grounds.

Photo by Elaine Stickney


Today the Kenan House gardens are a feast for the senses year round.  Brick pathways lead visitors through a vine-covered trellis and under century-old trees to reveal an old stone pond, a fragrant herb garden, as well as a secluded wood deck for sitting and reflecting.  In the summer months, a lush perennial garden blooms in a painter’s palette of colors.

The Kenan Gardens are a perfect space to walk, relax or even enjoy a picnic. Download the Kenan Gardens brochures here, or pick one up inside the Kenan Business Office (Gallery) M-F 9-5PM.


Drawing by Manning McCandlish


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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.