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Inquiries about renting/reserving space at Legion Memorial Park should be directed to the Hollidaysburg American Legion via Greg Mielnik at

Discovery Garden

Legion Memorial Park
Hollidaysburg, PA

Inquiries about renting/reserving space at Legion Memorial Park should be directed to the American Legion in Hollidaysburg via Greg Mielnik at 814-935-6078.

Discovery Garden Events

Like the cycle of the seasons, annual events at Discovery Garden include a free Gardening Workshop for Discovery Garden volunteers by Blair County Extension Director Tom Ford in April, a Plant Sale fundraiser in May, and a Community Planting Day in late May held in conjunction with local schools.

Keys to Successful Gardening: Tom Ford Workshop Series

Tom Ford, Blair County Extension Director, teaches at  Discovery Garden. Tom Ford, Commercial Horticulture Educator with Penn State Extension for Cambria County, offers gardening classes for Discovery Garden volunteers.

Each April, gardening enthusiasts are invited to attend a series of classes taught by Blair County Extension Director, Tom Ford. This workshop, sponsored by the Borough of Hollidaysburg and The Skills Foundation, is free and open to the public.

In return, participants are asked to volunteer 18 hours at Discovery Garden throughout the growing season from May through October. Participants receive a certificate of completion. Registration information and deadlines for this course typically occur each March.

Discovery Garden Plant Sale

Skills horticulture therapy program Skills Horticultural Therapy Program and Discovery Garden benefit from this annual Plant Sale.

In mid-May, Discovery Garden holds its annual Plant Sale rain or shine, usually on a Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Legion Memorial Park in Hollidaysburg. Watch the Discovery Garden home page for details.

Sale items typically include annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and garden craft items by Skills Horticultural Therapy Program, such as hypertufa stepping stones, to handcrafted birdhouses by local artisans.

All proceeds from this annual event benefit Skills Horticultural Therapy Program and Discovery Garden.

Community Planting Days

Community Planting Days Local elementary school children plant annuals during Discovery Garden’s Planting Days.

Participating Blair County Elementary school students who spending a day at the Discovery Garden with their school get a tour of the garden to learn about different kinds of plants. Each child who visits gets to plant a flower in the garden themselves as part of this activity.

Many children revisit the garden later in the summer to see how beautifully their plant grew.

The Discovery Garden is a multigenerational community project.