Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Seeks Garden Volunteers for "Project Pull-Out"

Wed, Oct 17th 2007, 13:28. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — This week and through mid-November, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking volunteers to “complete the garden cycle” by helping garden stewards pull out annual flowers in 140 community gardens. The gardens were planted this past spring in 19 western Pennsylvania counties. Removing annuals in the fall not only makes the garden spaces more presentable during the winter, but also keeps the soil healthy for the next planting season.

Volunteers do not need experience and are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate work clothes, as projects will proceed rain or shine. Dates and locations vary; please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 412-586-2324 or email lmcguire-olzak@paconserve.org for more information about getting involved.

WPC’s community gardens have become a signature image of the western Pennsylvania landscape. Appearing in diverse locations and in varied configurations, the gardens provide an inviting backdrop that enhances other cultural and civic assets. The gardens also serve as a hallmark of the region’s beautiful landscape and quality of life.

Each year, WPC volunteers plant more than 200,000 flowers—enough to make a flowerbed stretching from Pittsburgh to the West Virginia border. WPC’s community gardens are seen by motorists an estimated 3.5 million times a day.

To take a virtual tour of all 140 WPC community garden projects, visit www.paconserve.org/gardens.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Founded 75 years ago in 1932 as Pennsylvania’s first nonprofit conservancy, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has conserved more than 216,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania, restored watersheds and saved natural habitats for a diversity of life and uses. WPC has been responsible for the founding of six state parks, including Ohiopyle, Laurel Ridge, McConnell’s Mill, Moraine, Oil Creek and Erie Bluffs. WPC also created the 300-acre Wildflower Reserve at Raccoon Creek State Park, and added land to numerous natural areas, game lands and state forests.

Since 1963, WPC preserves Fallingwater®, the masterpiece home designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar J. Kaufmann in Mill Run, Pennsylvania and today offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors. The preservation of Fallingwater is a symbol of living in harmony with nature.

Each year, WPC partners with 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations and businesses to plant, maintain and support 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

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.