Project Summary

Project Category: Food Pantry

Number of Participants: Fewer than 50

Duration of Project: 1-4 Hours

Cost: None

Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoors

Service Opportunities: Project or Activity

Location: Varies locations in and around Allegheny county. MAP LINK

Project Contact:
Lynn McGuire-Olzak
P: 412-586-2324


Where are the community gardens located?
Over 12,000 volunteers help to beautify our region by planting more than 200,000 flowers in 130 community gardens in 20 counties each spring. A complete listing of the communities where you can find gardens is on our website at:

Do you need to be an experienced gardener to participate?
No prior gardening experience is necessary! Children are welcome with adult supervision (planting day is not usually appropriate for children under eight).

When are the gardens planted?
Gardens are planted almost every day in May. If a group has a preference for a particular garden, they should contact us, at (412) 586-2324 to discuss their interests.

What can you expect to be doing?
You will be planting and mulching annual flowers. The average garden takes approximately 4 hours to complete (not including transportation to and from the site.)

What should you bring with you to the planting?
The Conservancy provides the plants, general planting instructions, tools, gloves (though you are welcome to bring your own), and safety vests for all volunteers. Plan to wear sturdy shoes (no sandals!) to protect your feet.

Plantings are done rain or shine so dress for the weather—layers if it is cool, rain gear if it is wet, sunscreen and hats for bright days.

You will get dirty! You may want to bring a hand towel, a change of shoes, and a bag for your dirty shoes.

Some of the Benefits of Community Gardening
• Get a great workout!
• Make a visible difference in your community.
• Meet great people who also care about the quality of life in your area.
• Enjoy being outdoors with friends and family.
• Learn about good practices such as recycling organic wastes through composting and water conservation through mulching.
• Community gardens increase awareness of the value of greenspace, increase volunteerism, and increase commitment by citizens to protect the quality of the environment.

Impact: Helps to green & beautify the communities in Western Pennsylvania.

Project Availability:

Volunteer Responsibilities: Planting, weeding, prepping, removing flowers in the fall.

Attire: Dress to get dirty, no open toed shoes.

F&B Provided for Volunteers: No

Option to Move Project to a Different Location: No

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