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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’s Theme Gardens

Discovery Garden features seven theme gardens, each designed to provide opportunities for outdoor education about plants, flowers, and ecology. Themes include Cottage Garden, Time Garden, Sensory Garden, Children’s Garden, Butterfly Garden, Planting Garden, and Evergreen Garden.

Cottage Garden

Cottage Garden The Cottage Garden

Popular in the British Isles, cottage gardens contain a charming combination of flowers and herbs. They may include fragrant, cheery country flowers, such as snap dragons, daisies and sunflowers.

Time Garden

Time Garden The Time Garden

The garden’s centerpiece is a 25-foot horizontal sundial — the only one of its size and kind on the east coast. Designing, building, and erecting it was a labor of love for many individuals, both local and far away.

This garden presents opportunities for school-aged children to explore time-related topics and includes flowers with time-related names, such as day lilies, evening primrose, morning glories, thyme, autumn joy sedum, sunflowers, and moonflowers.

Sensory Garden

Sensory Garden The Sensory Garden

Designed specifically to allow individuals with visual impairments or who use wheelchairs to touch and smell herbs and flowers, Sensory Garden contains plants with unusual textures and distinctive fragrances, such as lambs ear, dill, heliotrope, garlic chives, and a variety of mints and sages.

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden The Butterfly Garden

Flowers and plants that attract butterflies provide an opportunity to discuss metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; the importance of nectars; the role of host plants; and much more.

This garden is named in honor of Courtney Claton. The commemorative plaque reads:

As the Indian Legend goes... If anyone desires a wish to come true, they must capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since they make no sound, they can’t tell the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit. So, by making the wish and releasing the butterfly, it will be taken to the heavens and be granted.

Children’s Garden

Children's Garden The Children’s Garden

Children enjoy exploring the elements of this garden including a potting shed with creative, interactive learning boards; a rock garden bridge, a rabbit hole tunnel, and a rainbow garden complete with a pot of gold.

Planting Garden

Planting Garden The Planting Garden

The Planting Garden offers school groups and individuals with disabilities an opportunity to cultivate seedlings, learn about plants and flowers, and plant them in Discovery Garden. The raised planting beds have a wheelchair-accessible portion.

Several of the beds are dedicated to the Skills Horticulture Therapy Program. The first of its kind in Blair County and surrounding areas, Skills Horticulture Therapy Program was made possible by a significant grant from the Bon Secours Health System. The program’s goals are to promote community inclusion, education in diversity, leisure education, outdoor education, and intergenerational activities.

Evergreen Garden

Evergreen Garden The Evergreen Garden

Added in June 2002, the Evergreen Garden adds winter interest and demonstrates the unique forms and textures of various evergreens. Specimen plantings include Chamaecyparis Obtusa Fern Leaf, Weeping Hemlock, Dwarf Blue Spruce on a standard and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. This mounded garden contains a number of large boulders.

In September 2009, the Evergreen Garden was expanded and some of the larger trees were moved to provide more growing space.

The Evergreen Garden is now connected to the Time Garden and additional plantings have been added, including boxwood and a Japanese Umbrella Pine.