Anne Coffin Johnstone Shrub GardenThe shrub garden to your left, as you enter the Centre Furnace Mansion grounds from the parking lot, was designed and given to the Centre County Historical Society by Margery and Henry Johnstone, in memory of their daughter, Anne. Memorial gifts were given by many friends to maintain this garden, and to provide for a nearby bench. An old locust is at its center (a tree that would have been popular with the Thompsons); circling it are a selection of shrubs and plants ( mostly white ( that include viburnum, hostas, astilbes, bleeding heart, and iris. We will be restoring this garden to feature only white flowered plants as was originally intended.

Plant List:

  • Wind Flower (Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’)
  • Bearded Iris (Iris germanica)
  • Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis ‘alba’)
  • Columbine Aquilegia (miscellaneous varieties)
  • Crocus Fall (Crocus ochroleucus)
  • Daffodil (Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’)
  • Daisy – unknown variety
  • Funkia (Hosta – mixed varieties)
  • Garden phlox, mixed varieties (Phlox paniculata hybrids)
  • Hair’s Tail Grass (Lagurus ovatus)
  • Korean Spice Bush (Vibernum Carlesii)
  • Peony, white herbaceous (Paeonia – variety unknown)
  • Osterich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
  • Sand Cherry (Prunus x cistena)
  • Snow Drops (Galanthus elwesii)
  • Tree Peony, single white (Paeonia)
  • White Cinquefoil (Potentilla alba)