Community Flower Gardens

Planted each spring and tended throughout the year, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s community flower gardens are a signature feature of our region, captivating residents and visitors with vibrant colors and natural beauty throughout the growing season. Corporations, businesses and organizations partner with WPC to sponsor thousands of local volunteers to plant and care for 130 gardens in 20 Western Pennsylvania counties.

For many decades, WPC has worked with PennDOT, municipalities and other local entities to transform vacant land into landscapes of natural beauty and color. With the efforts of our incredible volunteers and the support of our generous donors, we look forward to another year of enlivening the landscape throughout Western Pennsylvania. 

Monthly Featured #WPCgardens Photo

7th Street & Forster Street garden in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Photo credit: Rocky Gleason
This month’s featured community flowers gardens photo was taken by Rocky Gleason, steward of the Harrisburg flower garden at 7th Street and Forster Street, blocks from Pennsylvania's capital. Rocky and his team do an amazing job, and include native perennials in the garden design, that bloom throughout the growing season.

Help Us Capture Our Community Flower Gardens In Bloom

WPC is highlighting some of the best photos taken of the community flower gardens this year. Beautiful landscapes, hardworking volunteers, unique views — we would love to see them all! We will highlight photos twice a month throughout the growing season. If you would like your WPC garden photos to be considered, please submit your photo on social media - such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - and use the hashtag #WPCgardens. You may also submit your photos to gardens@paconserve.org. To see all featured photos, check out the album on Facebook.
 
Get Involved 
Community flower garden at College Avenue and University Boulevard in State College, cared for by the local Keller Williams chapter.
There are many opportunities for volunteer groups to get involved with our community flower gardens throughout the growing season. Gardens need volunteers to support garden stewards by weeding in the blooming months and help winterize as the weather turns cold in the fall. Come join us as we prepare the gardens for winter! Garden pull dates are listed per site. 
 
WPC’s community gardens are viewed millions of times each day according to PennDOT statistics. Each year, more than 200,000 flowers are planted by volunteers, who put in their time and energy into getting our gardens off to a great start, and who spend many hours throughout the summer keeping the gardens growing strong! In addition to the tremendous efforts of wonderful volunteers, our gardens would not be possible without the generous support from the financial sponsors who keep our gardens blooming. 
 

There are numerous ways to get involved with WPC’s community gardens program:

Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or lolzak@paconserve.org if you would like to learn more about getting involved, whether you’re interested in participating in a one-time event or providing ongoing support.

Students from Phillips Elementary, who plant the South Side Pittsburgh garden each year at E. Carson & Sarah, gather for a group photo on a rainy planting day.