With the help of the Centre Furnace Mansion Garden Committee, coordinated by volunteer Master Gardener, Mary Sorensen, the gardens remain a vital part of the Centre Furnace Mansion property, teeming with hundreds of varieties of perennials, herbs and roses. The gardens also benefit from the hard work of volunteer students from two Penn State departments – Landscape Contracting and Integrative Arts. Other service groups that contribute to the Centre Furnace Mansion and it's grounds include the PNC Bank-United Way Day of Caring, and Penn State volunteers – Service Learning Coordinators, Fresh START and the Homecoming Committee.
Our vision with the Centre Furnace Mansion gardens is not to attempt to replicate what may have been on the property (since much of the original landscape has disappeared over time), but to add plant material that may have been used in the Victorian era in Centre County; to maintain and expand the Kitchen Garden and perennial beds; and to focus on creating educational opportunities and materials associated with the gardens and how gardening may have looked in the mid nineteenth century here.
The Gardens of Centre Furnace Mansion
Please click on a garden area below for more information on the individual gardens.