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 throughout from spring into the fall throughout the region.
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 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 Garden Planting Events:
June 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Centre Ave. & Herron Ave., Hill District, Pittsburgh
May 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 902 Chestnut St. - Ghost Town Trail (behind Nanty Glo fire Dept.), Nanty Glo, Cambria County
9:00 a.m. - Gateway Center - Faith's Garden, Downtown Pittsburgh
9:00 a.m. - Center St. & Locust St. - Ghost Town Trail, Ebensburg, Cambria County
9:00 a.m. - Chestnut St. & 2nd St., Nanty Glo, Cambria County
10:00 a.m. - 106 Pine St., Marienville Area Library Rain Garden, Marienville, Forest County
May 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. - Rt. 68 & Hansen Ave., Butler, Butler County
8:00 a.m. - Rt. 8 & Rt. 422, Butler, Butler County
9:00 a.m. - 7th St. & Forster St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County
9:00 a.m. - Rt. 173 & E. Cooper St. - Slippery Rock Memorial Park, Slippery Rock, Butler County
9:00 a.m. - Rt. 366 near Tarentum Bridge, New Kensington, Westmoreland County
May 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Rt. 26 & 8th St. - Portstown Park, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County
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.