Community Flower Gardens
Planted each spring and tended throughout the year, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 132 community flower gardens are a signature feature, bringing unique identity, beauty, character and charm to communities across our region.
These highly visible, vibrant and colorful community flower gardens are located in prominent public places within neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County and in cities and towns across the region.
Corporations, businesses, organizations and more than 11,000 dedicated volunteers partner with us to plant and care for our gardens in 20 Western Pennsylvania counties.
Find a Community Garden Near You
Located in public areas and at intersections in several local communities, it’s likely one of our blooming flower gardens is near your home or office.
Volunteer at a Community Garden
At more than 11,000 strong, our volunteers are vital partners in the ongoing effort to plant and care for our community flower gardens.
Take a Garden Bicycle Tour
We created four self-guided bike tours so that you can bike and explore some of our gardens in Pittsburgh while the enjoying city.
Community Vegetable Gardens
We support existing vegetable gardens so that residents can grow food within their local communities.
Since the 1970s, the natural beauty of our community flower gardens has captivated residents and welcomed visitors throughout the spring and summer seasons. Not only do our gardens bring a unique character to the Pittsburgh region and local communities across the region, they are also important urban wildlife areas for birds and pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
We partner with many regional municipalities and other local entities to help transform vacant land or litter strewn abandoned sites into vibrant areas of natural beauty and color. The installation of a garden on these sites instantly helps to make the neighborhood more attractive and inviting as a place to live and work. We appreciate the local businesses, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government agencies and municipalities that provide financial contributions to keep the gardens blooming year after year.
Our community gardens are viewed millions of times each day according to PennDOT statistics, thus brightening the daily commute for tens of thousands of travelers. The gardens are underpinned by a strong and diverse group of more than 11,000 adult and youth volunteers from all walks of life who plant and care for the gardens year after year. We find that the gardens are treasured by our volunteers and other residents, and serve as catalysts for neighborhood improvement.
Why It Matters
We are proud of these beautiful community landscapes, but are equally pleased that these flower gardens are largely planted and cared for by an army of dedicated volunteers. Each year more than 11,000 volunteers help plant our gardens, and rely on a dedicated group of volunteers, called garden stewards, to give regular attention to the gardens. Stewards keep our gardens healthy and blooming into the fall.
We’re also grateful to our sponsors and other funders who make it possible for the Conservancy to purchase the 200,000 flowering annuals and grasses, mulch, tools and other materials. Our supporters make it possible for us to coordinate the exceptional network of volunteers that are needed to keep local community gardens blooming and free of weeds and invasive plants.
- Volunteer stewards needed for local community gardens.
- Gardening in Pittsburgh is more accessible, thanks to our new Accessible Flower Garden that opened May 1, 2018!
- Meet Carol Triano, one of our garden stewards in Westmoreland County.
- Applications available now through June 1, 2018, for vegetable garden assistance.
- Sign up today to register to volunteer at one of our gardens.
Throughout the year, there is always something exciting happening with our community gardens! Whether it is a profile of a garden steward or highlighting a new financial partner, we will share that news with you and keep you informed regarding our gardens and how you can stay involved.
Whether you’re a skilled gardener or have never planted anything green before, we invite you to get involved in the variety of ways to support community flower gardens in your neighborhood or town. Anyone can volunteer, from families to seniors, to help beautify our region.
- Find a community garden near you.
- Learn more about becoming a community gardens volunteer.
- Help our gardens grow by providing financial support with a one-time gift or by becoming a sustaining sponsor of a garden.
- Endow a garden that has a special meaning to you, or to honor a loved one.
- Become a member of WPC and support our work across the region.
- Use your bike to explore community flower gardens in Pittsburgh.
Whether you’re interested in participating in a one-time volunteer planting event or providing ongoing volunteer or financial support, please contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or LMcGuire-Olzak@paconserve.org to get involved in our community flower gardens.