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Spring Flowers Remain Easter Season Tradition in State College

by on April 18, 2014 6:00 AM

Snagging colorful fresh flowers continues to be part of the Easter season tradition in State College.

From pink tulips to yellow daffodils to purple hyacinth – the flowers seem to scream spring.

State College residents can purchase the traditional flowers at several locations throughout the area including an outdoor market in the Hills Plaza parking lot on South Atherton Street across from Sheetz.

The Flower Tent is a franchise business owned by Bill and Gloria Lehman of Lewisburg. The couple has a second tent located on East College Avenue near McDonald's.

Anele Herbst and her mother Lora Herbst manage the tent on South Atherton Street where you can find a plethora of colorful flowers that range from $2.99 to $6.99. The flowers are from Canada, New Jersey and local growers.

Right now, Anele Herbst is selling tulips, hydrangeas, daffodils and hyacinth. Next week, lilies will be available as well as hanging baskets and marigolds.

With Easter this Sunday, Anele Herbst expects to see a busy weekend.

"We've been here for four years now, so a lot of people know we're here and we have a lot of regular customers," she says.

Despite a predicted busy week, Anele Herbst says she enjoys the work.

"It's fun. It's relaxing. You get to meet a lot of different people from around here. Plus, it smells good," she says.

The Flower Tent on South Atherton will be open until Memorial Day. Hours are typically 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional extended hours to meet demand.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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