Thank you!

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!!PC_2014 (21)

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:

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:

Susan Bachman
Joe Banks 
Susan Bowser
Lucy Boyce
Pam Calkins
Laura & Michael Contino
Joyce Christini
Ed Debrasky
Marie Doll
Becky Dreese
Michele Ebaugh
Marie Feden
Katie Frieden, Co-Chair
Marshall Garrett
Jean Gerber
Bob Hazelton

Judy Heberling, Co-Chair
Cathy Horner
Mike Husband
Chris Igo
Lynn Jaffe 
Carrie Koch
David Lembeck
Beverly Lipski
Michael Lipski
Laura Lynch
Lou Mayer
Jackie Melander
Deb McManus
Jo Merrell
Ruth Merritt
Ann Moellenbrock

Gloria Nieweg
Carol Phillips
Sharon Phillips
Deb Raykovitz
Johanna Sedgwick
Irmgard Seidl-Adams
Vicki Spadaccio
Lee & Dee Stout
Susan Toby Evans
Jan & Rick Villastrigo
Christine Tate
Teresa Tassotti
Suzanne Thompson
Floyd Todd
Bonnie Walter
Steve Wheeler
John Ziegler

The following businesses graciously participated helping to create sense of community that is so important in this event:


With warm and sincerest gratitude,

Mary Sorensen
Executive Director