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Discovery Garden

Something for Everyone

Welcome to the Discovery Garden

Discovery Garden is a wheelchair-accessible public garden in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Developed as a community resource, Discovery Garden provides a beautiful setting for people of all ages and abilities to relax and enjoy nature.

Located in Legion Memorial Park, Hollidaysburg Borough, and adjoining Kids’ Kingdom Play Park along the Beaver Dam Branch of the Juniata River, Discovery Garden offers something for everyone.

Since its inception, Discovery Garden has grown to encompass a series of seven theme gardens connected by wheelchair-accessible pathways. Each theme garden is designed to provide opportunities for hands-on outdoor education about flowers, plants, and ecology.

To download our 2023 annual report click here.

Woman Working in Garden


The Discovery Garden is maintained by a group of community volunteers. We're always looking for gardening enthusiasts to join us. For more information, please call 814-932-6499 or visit us on Facebook (@discoverygardenpa) to learn more. We meet weekly to work on the garden.

  • Thursday mornings

  • April & May: 9:00 am - Noon

  • June through October: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Tools and instructions provided

  • Help whenever you commitment needed

  • You will learn a lot about gardening...and have a lot of fun!

Woman Working in Garden

Karen Claton Obituary

On May 10, 2024, Karen Claton of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina passed away at home with her family lovingly by her side after a battle against cancer.


Born November 12, 1948 in Moline, Illinois, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Larry Claton; son Sean Claton (wife Denise); grandsons Liam Claton (fiancée Katie Neff) and Kellen Claton; sister Shirley Taulbee; sister-in-laws Sharon McAllister and Merry Beverlin; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Karen was preceded in death by her daughter Courtney Claton; brothers Kenneth Beverlin and Jerry Beverlin; and sister Nancy Howenstine.

It is important to recall how Karen lived and loved life. She lived authentically with a forthright attitude, headstrong will, and strong faith, embracing each opportunity to learn, stay active, advocate for others, and last but not least, nurture family and friendships. She experienced tragedy in her life, but did not let that define her.

When her daughter Courtney was born with special needs, Karen became a strong advocate for this community at local, state and federal levels, championing the right for inclusion and opportunity. She gave her time generously to numerous non-profit agencies throughout her life in both volunteer and leadership roles.

When her daughter Courtney suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in 1997, Karen began coordinating a lasting memorial in her honor. A lifelong gardener, she created a large accessible public garden in Hollidaysburg, PA where people of all ages and abilities come together to enjoy the beauty of nature. Today, Discovery Garden remains a unique partnership among the Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club, Blair County Garden Club, Borough of Hollidaysburg, The Skills Foundation, and a community of volunteers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Discovery Garden or the Moss Creek Endowment Fund.  For donations to Discovery Garden go to or send a check to The Skills Foundation (noting Discovery Garden in the memo), 341 Science Park Road, Suite 6, State College, PA 16803.  For donations to Moss Creek Charitable Fund go to Moss Creek Endowment Fund or send a check to Moss Creek Endowment Fund, 1523 Fording Island Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. 

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