21st Annual Plant Celebration & Garden Sale
hosted by the Centre County Historical Society.

May 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The Plant Celebration has become a spring tradition at the Centre Furnace Mansion and plays an important role in the fun and fundraising efforts of the Centre County Historical Society! The Plant Celebration & Garden Sale is one of CCHS’s largest fundraising events.  Do your Spring garden shopping here, while supporting a local non-profit organization that helps people understand, experience, appreciate and preserve Centre County’s cultural and natural heritage.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Historical Society, including its care of the gardens and grounds of Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg School.

This event is held on the grounds of the Centre Furnace Mansion, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Browse the native and non-native plants for sale by local growers and from the Mansion gardens and take a self-guided tour of the gardens and grounds.

Volunteers are still needed! Sign up Here!


  • Plant Sale: Plants and garden-related items for sale
  • Baked goods and lunch fare available from Edenview
  • Open House: Centre Furnace Mansion, gardens and grounds open for visitors to explore
  • Fall Heirloom Bulb Sale order forms will be available
  • Garden Book Sale: Inside the Mansion Hearth Room
  • Exhibition: Celebrate Art and Plants in the Mansion, garden inspired artwork by watercolor artist Brenda Horner, member of the Art Alliance of Central PA
  • Ask a Master Gardener: Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County will answer questions, identify and evaluate plant samples


  • Children’s art and plant related activity, free for children ages 2-12


  • Program: Tackling your Tired Garden: A Step by Step Guide
    Presented by Mary Sorensen & Master Gardener Beverly Lipski.
    Has your garden crossed the line from refined to rowdy? Are the weeds or rogue perennials that you fell in love when they were in a small pot gaining ground over your orderly garden?

2016 Plant Celebration Participating Businesses & Individuals

Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania will offer a free children’s plant themed activity. Additionally, garden theme artwork by artist Brenda Horner will be exhibited and for sale through the Mansion’s first floor during the Plant Celebration through May 27.

Brenda Horner
A native of central Pennsylvania, I was raised in the rich heritage of the local farming culture where I developed a love of nature. It is here, in the rolling hills and valleys, that we witness nature move through each season in its time. At a very early age, I discovered a love of drawing and creative expression. I am a self-taught watercolor artist and calligrapher with a passion for realistically depicting my subject matter. I often combine my watercolor work with expressive quotations or meaningful messages in calligraphy to convey a special insight, mood or emotion. I have a God-given talent, a unique and intuitive gift, for capturing nature’s quiet moments in our busy world in my work and I enjoy sharing my inspirations and talent with others.

All of my artwork is original and has been featured in numerous local juried shows and exhibits. Commission artworks are encouraged and gladly accepted. If you would like more information about my work please contact me.


(814) 380-4936

Common Ground Organic Farm

We grow native shrubs, trees and perennials, especially edible landscaping plants. We also sell heirloom varieties of organic vegetable plants and herbs for your garden.

Make sure your favorites are available, pre-orders are accepted by phone or email: 814-404-6567, leslie@commongroundfarm.com and pick up your items during the Plant Celebration.

Find us on Facebook.

Deb's Flower Farm

Hypertufa containers are a unique addition to indoor or outdoor gardens. They are a handmade, natural looking rock like material Ideal for succulents which prefer a porous environment for optimal growth. We provide a wide variety of shapes and sizes of pre planted succulent gardens which are long lasting and easy care!

Contact Deb through her website if you would like to pre-order with pick up at the Plant Celebration.

Eden View, Plow to Platter

Delectable fresh and local foods will be available throughout the event from Edenview Foods, Plow to Platter, so plan your lunch at the Centre Furnace Mansion around shopping for plants and garden books!

James Eisenstein

An unpaid field hand on my son’s certified organic vegetable farm (Jade Family Farm) since retirement, I spend my time working on the farm, serving on the board of the Friends and Farmers Food Co-Op, and starting extra heirloom tomato plants. I have been selling them at the plant sale for more than 5 years now. It is very enjoyable to meet the folks who attend it. I donate all proceeds to the Museum after taking a little bit off to cover my expenses.

Jim’s tomato plants go fast, be sure to visit his table early!

Rose Franklin's Perennials

Perennials plants, Flowering shrubs, Butterfly Photographs, Garden decor.

Go Native Tree Farm

We are dedicated to the understanding, preservation and recovery of the Eastern American forest. We specialize in the hard to find, rare native species.

Make sure your favorites are available, pre-orders are accepted by visiting our website and pick up your items during the Plant Celebration.

Happy Valley Organic Garden Center

Located in a beautiful old barn two doors down from Happy Valley Brewing Company and a stone’s throw from downtown State College, Organic Garden Center is the region’s premiere source of organic and hydroponic supplies.

Hilltop Hollow Farm

Hilltop Hollow Farm is a nursery offering small fruit plants, ornamental perennials, shrubs, and trees. We have many native species and pollinator -friendly plants. Visit our website to learn more!

Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County

Bring your burning garden questions, plant samples or identification questions for Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County! Master Gardeners will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. throughout the Plant Celebration.

Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum

Located between Boalsburg and Centre Hall in Centre County, the 150 acre site was first settled by Michael Rhone in 1794 and has been continuously farmed for over 200 years. The grounds surrounding the brick farmhouse, finished in 1853 by Michael Rhone’s grandson, Leonard Rhone [originator of the Grange Fair], contain an arboretum, sculpture garden, and labyrinth. The farmhouse is home to a studio/art gallery.
Visit us during the Plant Celebration to learn more about this unique historic site, our events and volunteer opportunities.
More information at: http://www.rhoneymeade.org/

Shuey's Market

Shuey’s Market is a farm with a greenhouse and market. Located along Benner Pike between the Nittany Mall and Rockview grounds. As you drive by you will see beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants outside of the shop located in lower level of the barn. Available at the Plant Celebration are hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables, and bedding plants.

Tait Farm Foods, Inc.

Located 2.5 miles East of Boalsburg on Rte 322, Tait Farm has been working the land since 1950. Our Greenhouse is an ideal stop for the kitchen and cottage gardener with a beautiful assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable seedlings and a knowledgeable staff to assist you. We also have the Harvest Shop where you can find our specialty food products and other local foods and gifts.

Make sure your favorites are available, pre-orders are accepted by visiting our website.

The Rock Garden Nursery

The Rock Garden is a perennial nursery selling perennials, alpines and flowering shrubs. Come visit us and experience the joy of gardening! www.therockgardennursery.com


The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College. Parking is available in the lower lawn along College Avenue, as well as in the Mansion parking lot off of Porter Road. Additional parking is available here.  Admission to the Plant Celebration is FREE. For more information, please call (814) 234-4779.