WPC Community Gardens Win 2010 Community Greening Awards

Mon, Oct 11th 2010, 15:02. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, PA – October 11, 2010 – Fourteen community gardens planted and maintained by volunteers and staff of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy have received 2010 Community Greening Awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).

The Community Greening Award recognizes businesses, municipalities, civic associations, community groups, garden clubs and individuals across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities. Drawing 84 nominations this year, the program honors 61 recipients at award ceremonies in Pittsburgh on Oct. 10 and in Philadelphia on Nov. 7.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is the producer of the Philadelphia International Flower Show and the renowned urban greening program Philadelphia Green.

“Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area,” said Drew Becher, president of PHS. “This award represents a mark of excellence. We congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities.”

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s award-winning gardens are:
• Route 8 and Kittanning Street – Etna, Allegheny County
• Columbus Avenue and Fulton Avenue – Manchester, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
• Forbes Avenue at Carnegie Museum – Oakland, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
• S. Aiken Avenue and Centre Avenue – Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
• Spring Garden Avenue and Vinial Street – Spring Garden, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
• Kennedy Avenue and Brodhead Road – Aliquippa, Beaver County
• 11th Street and Penn Avenue – Tyrone, Blair County
• 15th Street and Lincoln Avenue – Tyrone, Blair County
• Route 322 Triangle, Meadville – Crawford County
• 7th Street and Forster Street – Harrisburg, Dauphin County
• Route 119 and Pittsburgh Street – Connellsville, Fayette County
• 93 E. High Street – Hooper Park, Waynesburg, Greene County
• Route 286 and Indian Springs Road – Indiana, Indiana County
• Route 30 at Greengate Road – Greensburg, Westmoreland County

Spaces were judged on a host of criteria, including variety of plant material, maintenance, design, visual appeal and use of space. Though these landscapes were not competing against each other, it was the task of the committee to determine which plantings deserved PHS recognition. Each group will receive a framed certificate along with a sign to display in the garden.

Other sites recognized across the state included Philadelphia’s Germantown Friends School, which showed great sustainable practices and maintains two green roofs; Johnstown, Pa.’s Kernville Community Garden, which brought neighbors together; Venetia, Pa.’s historic Enoch Wright House; Gettysburg Pa.’s Lincoln Square, outfitted with hanging baskets and beautiful plantings; Boyertown, Pa.’s Sandy Neiman Cancer Center; Lewes Del.’s Gateway Garden; and several gorgeous traffic islands across Pennsylvania.

For a full list of winners, please visit the PHS website at PHSonline.com. For more information about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s community gardens, including information about gardens sponsorships or volunteering, visit WaterLandLife.org/243.




About the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Headquartered in Philadelphia, PHS is a non-profit organization with more than 17,000 members spanning 48 states. PHS is the producer of the world-class Philadelphia International Flower Show, which will celebrate “Springtime in Paris” March 6-13, 2011. Philadelphia Green works in partnership with agencies, corporations and community groups to transform derelict vacant land, streets and parks into vibrant, stabilized and well-managed open spaces. These efforts contribute to the quality of life throughout Philadelphia, serve as economic stimulus for communities, and provide a model for similar efforts nationwide.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Photos of two of the winning gardens can be found here:
Photos of all community gardens are available upon request.


Media contacts:
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Alan Jaffe: (215) 988-8833
Laura Hoover: (215) 988-8836

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Stephanie Kraynick: (412) 586-2358

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.