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 Keithan Bluebird Gardens

 

 
Keithan Gardens
In the 1920’s, Sunbury resident Charles Keithan started a hobby garden that grew, unexpectedly, into a beloved part of the community landscape.
 
Located on a 1.5 acre tract along Sunbury’s riverside, the park still contains some of the exotic trees that Keithan imported from around the world, as well as representative species of two of his favorite plants - azaleas and rhododendrons.
 
Like a hardy perennial, the garden has bounced back a few times. All but destroyed by a 1930’s flood, the park was rebuilt by Keithan. After his death in the 1980’s, volunteers maintained Keithan’s Bluebird Gardens until around five years ago, when the city took over and hired The Murrays as Rejeuvenators & Protectors.
 
The garden is located in the southern portion of Sunbury between Front Street and Second Street.
 
 
You can also reserve the gardens for special occasions, such as weddings and receptions.  Click here for more information.
 
Keithen Gardens in Winter
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 Reservations

 
To reserve Keithan’s Bluebird Gardens for your wedding or other ceremony, we request a contribution of $250.00 for the use of the gardens and facilities.
 
Once we receive your payment and the following information, we will reserve the gardens for your event and return a confirmation letter to you:
·         Date and time of wedding
·         Name, telephone number (and email address – optional)
·         Mailing address
·         Using gazebo or garden area
Please make your check or money order payable to the City of Sunbury and mail to: 225 Market St. Sunbury, PA 17801 attn: Terry Specht, City Clerk.  Your contribution will be refunded if the garden facility is not used due to bad weather or an unexpected emergency.
 
We have 50 chairs available for your use the day of the wedding.  A city employee will arrive one (1) hour before the wedding is scheduled to set them up for you.  Also, there is a garden house with rest room facilities located in the garden.  Electrical outlets are located on the gazebo.
 
For environmental reasons, we request that you throw birdseed instead of rice or confetti. Bubbles are also acceptable.  No alcoholic beverages are permitted within the gardens.  In accordance with the PA Clean Air Act, Keithan's Gardens is a No Smoking facility.
 
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the City Clerk.
 
You can submit your reservation request on-line using the Keithan's Garden's Facility Reservation Form
 
PDF IconOr you can download, complete and return this Reservation Form to the City Clerk's office.

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