Since 2005, Laurel Foundation has been the sole foundation sponsor, ensuring that hundreds of hanging flower baskets brighten the corridors of downtown Pittsburgh through the summer months. Thanks to the foundation, the Conservancy hangs more than 400 flower baskets, greening bridges and the major streets of the Golden Triangle. Because of the Laurel Foundation’s commitment to greening Pittsburgh, five other neighborhoods now display baskets that are designed and cared for by WPC, bringing the total baskets across Pittsburgh to 552.
A high-impact form of streetscape greening, particularly in places without a lot of space, hanging baskets add a touch of color and signal a community that cares about its environment. In 2014, WPC provided baskets in East Allegheny and Brighton Heights on the North Side, East Liberty, the Hill District and McKeesport, in addition to the baskets throughout the Golden Triangle and Downtown Pittsburgh locations.
The Laurel Foundation funds the downtown baskets, supplemented by several corporations. Other funders, including community groups and local businesses, are assisting additional neighborhoods. For more information, please call Art DeMeo at 412-586-2346.