28th Annual Plant Celebration & Garden Sale at the Centre Furnace Mansion

We extend our sincere gratitude and enthusiastic cheers to all who helped with and shopped at the 2023 Plant Celebration making it a great success!

Many special thanks to the Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners for their expertise and hard work that contributed to the Plant Celebration. Countless hours have been spent here in the spring on planning, potting, preparing labels, watering, organizing plants for sale day and myriad other tasks.

There is an extraordinary amount of time and passion that goes into this event and we cannot thank our volunteers and contributors enough for the donations of beautiful plants, helping us tidy the gardens, welcoming guests at our open house and for all of the hard work before and during sale day.

Thank you to Blue Mountain Quality Resources volunteers for all of their help on set-up day and to JustServe and Penn State Circle K volunteers for help with garden clean-up and preparation ahead of the sale. We thank the American Philatelic Society for lending tables for the sale.

We are also grateful to the vendors who bring a grand assortment of plants and garden related products. Proceeds from this sale help support the gardens and grounds of the Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg School. 

Our sincerest thanks to the following organizations and volunteers for all of their help this year!

American Philatelic Society
Blue Mountain Quality Resources
Penn State Circle K

Volunteers and Contributors:
Elliott Abrams
Andrea Bechdel
Lisa Bowman
Susan Bowser
Lucy Boyce
Corey Buckner
Mike Canich
Joyce Christini
John Dillon
Becky Dreese
Elizabeth Dutton
Michele Ebaugh
Rina Eiden

Susan Toby Evans
Shannon Ferenchick
Katie Frieden
Carol Gouty
Derrick Haines
Judy Heberling
Michael Husband
Chris Igo
Kathy Johnston
Beth Kalenak
Jude Larkin
Ginny Lee
Beverly Lipski
Ryan Martin
Louis Mayer
Deb McManus
Jo Merrell
Ruth Merritt
Gloria Nieweg
Brandon Noldy
Fran Nuhfer
Tyler Paul

Sharon Phillips
Mark Pishak
Geri Reeve
Ford Risley
Lynn Royse
Krystal Rutter
Maddie Shaffer
Luke Sherbondy
Melissa Sherbondy
Stephanie Shrewsbury
Peter Sorensen
Suzanne Thompson
Jan Villastrigo
Rick Villastrigo
Steve Wheeler
Jane Whitaker
Malachi Wienecke
Roger Williams
Paula Wilson
Frank Wolyniec
Pam Zimmerman

From all of us at the Centre County Historical Society,

Beverly Lipski, Plant Celebration Co-Chair
Katie Frieden, Plant Celebration Co-Chair

Mary Sorensen, Executive Director
Johanna Sedgwick, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Photos from spring work and Plant Celebration:

Save the date for Saturday, May 11, 2024!
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Use the Search box to easy find your favorite vendor or type in something that you are looking for. Click on an image to visit the vendor’s website/Facebook if provided.

Interested in participating as a vendor? Contact Johanna at jsedgwick@centrefurnace.org or 814-234-4779 for more information.

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The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801.  Event parking is available on the lower lawn along College Avenue, as well as in the Mansion lot off of Porter Road.

Please do not park in the lot designated for Frye’s Sweeper & Sewing Center. There will be signage to help guide you and parking attendants in the morning – please watch for them!