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Hershey Gardens MeetUp - September 14, 2016

Approximately 100 people gathered under the event tent at the new Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory and Butterfly Atrium at the Hershey Gardens on September 14. What a beautiful Wednesday evening; a breeze kicked in just as everyone was arriving, providing a comfortable temperature to mingle with friends and colleagues, take in the view overlooking Hershey, walk through the beautiful gardens and visit the Butterfly Atrium.

A huge thank you goes out to two members who were key in putting this great event together; Ed Copenhaver of Stony Bridge Landscaping, Lebanon, and John Otterson of PA Landscape Group, New Cumberland.   As a result of their efforts, PLNA members and guests had exclusive access to the Gardens and the Butterfly Atrium that evening. 

After a welcoming greeting from Don Papson, executive director of the M.S. Hershey Foundation which operates Hershey Gardens, the group shared a picnic supper, was given a brief update on the latest happenings at PLNA and then was able to network and meander the grounds. 

PLNA members and guests, some who traveled as far as from Erie and the suburbs of Philadelphia, were joined by PDA Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer, Jr., state representative John Payne and the PLNA board of directors.  This mix provided a great opportunity to discuss industry issues between members, PDA and state government officials in addition to catching up with old friends and colleagues.

“I was pleased with the mixture of people attending from various regions of the state and different facets of the industry,” said Ed Copenhaver afterward.  “I heard nothing but positive comments for the event and the garden setting.”

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