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. 

Flower garden at East Ohio Street and Chestnut Street in East Allegheny, PittsburghThere are many opportunities for volunteer groups to get involved with our community flower gardens throughout the growing season. Gardens need volunteers to plant with WPC staff throughout the month of May, weed in the blooming months and help winterize as the weather turns cold in the fall. 

Contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or if you would like to learn more about getting involved as a one-time event or with ongoing support. View the 2016 garden planting schedule to see when gardens are being planted near you.

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.

Volunteers plant in Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh

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

Flower garden along Route 30 at Greengate Road outside Greensburg.