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PLNA Members Assist in Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory Landscaping Project

Tuesday, August 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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Construction is fully underway with the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory, a multi-million dollar 16,000 square-foot building addition to the historic Hershey Gardens, which was inspired by historic structures built by Milton Hershey.  The building will serve as the new guest entrance into the Gardens and proudly feature an indoor Butterfly Atrium, Educational & Horticultural Wing and a Welcome Pavilion.

A diverse group of professionals have joined forces to design the landscape, acquire plants and install the landscaping beauty that will surround this new facility overlooking Hershey.

Many of the group are PLNA members, whose shared interest is to make this yet another beautiful site in central PA, using primarily Pennsylvania grown plants. Presently, the group consists of:

Ed Copenhaver - President- Stony Bridge Landscaping, Inc. (Member)
Rick Hansen – President/Owner – Hansen Nurseries, Retired (Life Member)
Bob Good – President – Good’s Tree Care, Inc.
Brandon Boltz – Co-Owner -Boltz Tree Farm & Nursery (Member)
Lance Shaffer – Owner - Shaffer Landscapes, Inc. (Member)
John Otterson – Landscape Architect & Chairman, Hershey Gardens Advisory Board (Member)
Stuart Kendig – Advisory Board member – Hershey Gardens
Jamie Shiffer – Senior Manager – Hershey Gardens (Member)
Bill Kieffer – Operations Manager – Hershey Gardens (Member)
Barbara Whitcraft – Horticultural Specialist – Hershey Gardens (Member)

Any PLNA member growers or professionals wishing to participate in this rewarding project, please contact:

Jamie Shiffer
Hershey Gardens
170 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033

Slated to open to the public in July of 2016, this addition will make it possible to educate and culturally enrich the public, year round as part of Hershey Gardens and The M. S Hershey Foundation’s mission statement.

The M.S. Hershey Foundation exists to preserve and enhance Milton Hershey's legacy and community vision and to provide education and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors of Hershey, PA.

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