Community Flower Gardens
Volunteer at a Community Garden
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is proud of its green spaces and 132 gardens cultivated and maintained throughout Western Pennsylvania. Flowers grow and gardens thrive thanks to neighbors and volunteers, like you, who give their time and effort to plant and maintain these green assets.
We invite you to be part of the more than 11,000 Western Pennsylvanians who help beautify our region by planting and tending to flower beds from spring into the fall each year.
Volunteer at a Community Flower Garden
Our garden volunteers come from all walks of life and are of all ages. They may come as individuals, families, community groups or corporate volunteers. Some have never planted flowers before, while others are skilled gardeners who have been planting with us for years. We welcome all who would like to participate with our projects. Volunteering with us improves the local natural landscape and enhances local communities.
In the spring, flowers are planted in prepared flower beds. In the summer, weeding and other maintenance takes place. And in the fall, our gardens are put to bed in preparation for winter weather. All of this is required to keep the gardens blooming, healthy and attractive.
Our 132 community flower gardens are located in 20 counties throughout Western Pennsylvania. We plant at schools, in neighborhoods, along highways, in business districts, at bridges and other landmarks or gateways in our region.
If you are interested in planting at a garden near you and to find out more, please check out our planting dates below to sign up.
Please note that our gardens are planted rain or shine. It is important to come dressed in appropriate attire, and be ready to get a little messy and have some fun. We provide all tools and supplies needed to successfully plant our gardens.
If you or your group is interested in volunteering at any of our gardens, please contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at (412) 586-2324 or LMcGuire-Olzak@paconserve.org.
Volunteer to Maintain a Garden as a Garden Steward
In additional to planting events, we rely on garden stewards to help provide weekly maintenance. Each garden has a designated garden steward who tends the garden once it is planted and keeps it looking beautiful throughout the growing season. A steward for a garden can be either one person, team of people, groups of friends or a family.
Upcoming Community Garden Planting Events:
Polish Hill - 30th St. & Brereton St. - 9 a.m.
North Side - 2801 N. Charles St. - The Pittsburgh Project, Perry South - 9 a.m.
Ross Township - McIntyre Rd. & McKnight Rd. - 10 a.m.
Oakland - Forbes Ave. at Carnegie Museum - 11 a.m.
Swissvale - South Braddock Ave. at Parkway East - 9 a.m.
Castle Shannon - Castle Shannon Blvd. & Mt. Lebanon Blvd. - 9 a.m.
Brighton Heights - McKees Rocks Bridge at Rt. 65, Brighton Heights - 9:30 a.m.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status.