Pleasant View Helps Save Penn State Gardens

July 30, 2010 - 11:06

When a late snowfall wiped out part of the plant supply for Penn State’s demonstration gardens, Pleasant View Gardens stepped in with a donation of Proven Winners product to save the day.

"Having been the victim of a natural disaster ourselves with our January fire, we were eager to help a fellow industry member in need," said Henry Huntington, Pleasant View president. "We know Penn State’s Gardens are a staple of Pennsylvania horticulture, and we weren’t about to let them go lacking for the year — they’re a great opportunity to draw consumers to our industry."

Penn State plants two Demonstration Gardens including the 1,800 square foot North Park garden featuring 10 annual trial beds, an herb garden, basil and garlic trials and a pollinator garden, and the South Park garden with 12 annual display beds, plus a mixed border of native shrubs, trees and perennials. Pleasant View donated bidens, bracteantha, cleome, coleus, diascia, pennisetum, lantana, nemesia, osteospermum and verbena, more than 100 plants in all for the two gardens.

"At least 10,000 people see our gardens each year," said Sandy Feather of the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County. "Without Pleasant View, we would have had blank spots in the garden."

The gardens are open to the public for self-guided tours as well as their annual Garden in the Parks Field Day, which will take place Aug. 14. For more information about any of Pleasant View’s programs, visit or call 603.435.8361.

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