To ALL who made the CCHS Plant Celebration possible — from planning, planting, preparation, painting, selling, educating, baking, and clean up, generous donations and time given as well as all of you who arrived and left with armloads of beautiful plants — we cannot thank you enough!!
Your warmth, generosity and hospitality welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Centre Furnace Mansion and beautiful grounds to make the 19th CCHS Annual Plant Celebration run smoothly and end with great success. Funds raised from the Plant Celebration help to support the Mansion’s gardens and grounds.
Our garden hats off to the Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners who have spent many chilly spring weeks, led by co-coordinators Katie Frieden and Judy Heberling, preparing and potting plants from the Mansion gardens and home gardens. The organization of the many aspects of the Plant Celebration while keeping the gardens looking their best is an amazing juggling act and we thank you for all that you do throughout the year.
The Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners, who work to preserve and enhance the gardens and grounds at the Mansion, do so in a volunteer effort that is appreciated in so many ways. The beauty of the gardens makes the grounds a perfect place for an outdoor wedding or event and ideal setting for garden workshops and programs that go far to enrich the experience of Mansion visitors.
Special thanks to Shari Edelson of the Arboretum at Penn State for a wonderful and well attended talk about “Happenin’ Hydrangeas” that highlighted care information and Hydrangea varieties available for our growing area.
Many thanks to our Centre Furnace Mansion Docent Committee for hosting dozens of visitors inside the Mansion throughout the day.
Activities during the day featured Mastered Gardeners who answered many questions and insect-plant disease issues addressed at the “Ask a Master Gardener” table. A hands-on-children’s activity “Paint a Pot, Plant a Pot” led by Beverly Lipski was a hit with several children! Our sincere appreciation to our business and organizational partners:
- The Arboretum at Penn State
- The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania
- Avant Garden
- The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania
- First Media Radio, LLC, WZWW-FM/Cable4News/Nittanyliving.net
- The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County
- Young American Growers
Thank you to the Farmland Preservation Artist members for the paint-out in the Centre Furnace Mansion Gardens. The paintings were diverse and beautiful, and certainly added much to the Plant Celebration!: Brienne Brown, Anne Kenyon, Cinda Kostyak, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Jeff Mathison, R. Thomas Berner, Cinda Kostyak.
Our sincere thanks to all who have helped in some way with the 2014 Plant Celebration:
Laura & Michael Contino
Katie Frieden, Co-Chair
Judy Heberling, Co-Chair
Lee & Dee Stout
Susan Toby Evans
Jan & Rick Villastrigo
The following businesses graciously participated helping to create sense of community that is so important in this event:
- Sarah Berndt – “Orchid Lady”
- Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners
- Common Ground Organic Farm & Effie’s Common Scents
- Deb’s Flower Farm
- Flotsam & Jetson – Carol Baney
- Go Native Tree Farm
- Heirloom Tomatoes – James Eisenstein
- LizaJane Botanicals – Lisa Zander
- Rose Franklin’s Perennials
- Shuey’s Market
- Tait Farm Foods
- The Rock Garden
- Knittings and Paintings by Lena
- Gatesburg Village Art – Charlie O’Neill
With warm and sincerest gratitude,