Six WPC Gardens Win Greening Awards

Fri, Sep 26th 2008, 10:06. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, PA – September 26, 2008 – Six gardens managed by volunteers and staff of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) have received Community Greening Awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).

A collaboration of PHS and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the Community Greening Award recognizes individuals, garden clubs, civic associations, businesses, municipalities and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s award-winning gardens are: Lincoln Place Garden, Pittsburgh; McKnight Road Community Garden, Ross Township; N. Canal and Cedar Community Garden, Pittsburgh; The Pittsburgh Project, Pittsburgh; The Point Garden, Pittsburgh; and Route 8 and Kittanning Street Garden, Etna.

“We would like to congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities,” said Blaine Bonham, executive vice president of PHS. “Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area and often serve as meeting places. This award represents a mark of excellence.”

Spaces were judged on a host of criteria, including variety of plant material, maintenance, design, visual appeal, and use of space. Each group will receive a framed certificate along with a sign to display in the garden.

“The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has been partnering with communities for nearly 20 years to create green spaces that enhance local landscapes, support local revitalization and engage citizens in environmental work. These awards indicate the significant impact our gardens and green spaces have on our region,” said Judy Wagner, WPC’s senior director of Community Gardens and Greenspace. “We are grateful to our volunteers and sponsors for their dedication and we thank the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for bringing attention to their generous contributions of time, talent and resources.”

Judges visited the sites over the summer and winners were notified in late August. This year’s nominations included train stations, public parks, Main Street planters, church gardens, and landscapes around municipal buildings and museums. Though these landscapes were not competing against each other, it was the task of the committee to determine which plantings deserved PHS recognition.

Sponsors and volunteer groups for the winning Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardens are:

Lincoln Place Garden, Pittsburgh

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania American Water
  • Volunteers: Church of the Nazarene of Lincoln Place

McKnight Road Community Garden, Ross Township

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District, Eisler Landscapes, Giant Eagle, Macy’s, McIntyre Garden Club, UPMC
  • Volunteers: Berkeley Hills Civic Association, Macy’s, North Hills Middle School Green Team

N. Canal & Cedar Community Garden, Pittsburgh

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District, PNC
  • Volunteers: East Allegheny Community Council

The Pittsburgh Project, Pittsburgh

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District
  • Volunteers: The Pittsburgh Project

The Point Garden, Pittsburgh

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District, CB Richard Ellis, Chubb, Dominion, Highmark
  • Volunteers: City Charter High School, Chubb, Dominion, Highmark, Langley High School

Route 8 and Kittanning Street Garden, Etna

  • Sponsors: Allegheny Regional Asset District
  • Volunteers: Etna Neighborhood Association

All winners of PHS Community Greening Awards in Western Pennsylvania will be honored at an awards ceremony on Sept. 28 at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offices.

For a full list of winners, please visit PHS’ press room at

About the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Headquartered in Philadelphia, PHS is a non-profit membership organization with more than 15,000 members spanning 48 states. PHS is the producer of the world-class Philadelphia Flower Show, which will celebrate “Bella Italia” March 1-8, 2009. 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
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

WPC preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.


Media inquiries, please contact:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Stephanie Kraynick
Tel: 412-586-2372

Jack Rowley
Tel: 412-586-2372

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Laura Beitman
Tel: 215-988-8836


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.