Group Volunteer Opportunities Perennial Thinning and Plantings

Perennial Planting (May) Schenley Plaza

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213 

The addition of annual plants helps a perennial garden space to transition thru the seasons, providing continuous blooms from spring till fall. Perennials typically bloom between two to eight weeks and will begin blooming at different times throughout the growing season. An annual is planted in the spring, blooms in the summer and fall, and some will continue to bloom till a light frost. By adding annuals, the garden space can have more diversity, including tropical flowers.    

We will teach you how to plant containerized plant material at the proper depth to ensure that the proper steps are taken to have a successful season full of blooms. You will use trowels to put the plants into the ground, and gather the plastic containers and trays to be disposed of or recycled. This involves kneeling, digging, raking and smoothing the loose soils back around the new plant. Tools will be provided for you. We will have clean gloves available, but due to COVID-19 we are asking volunteers to bring their own gloves when possible. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not mandatory, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.   

DONATE

A suggested donation between $200 - $500 will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated! 

Schenley Plaza Flower Beds in the Summer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Five - Ten
Event Duration: One - Two Hours
Season: May (5/12 - 5/18)
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate 
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: No
Staff:  One Staff Member
Bathrooms: Yes
Parking: Paid, Limited On-Street

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jaci Bruschi (jbruschi@pittsburghparks.org)for more information. 

Perennial Thinning (October) Highland Park

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

WHERE

Highland Park, Highland Park Entry Garden - 1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

Most of the gardens in Pittsburgh's parks are planted with perennial flowers, which over time, outgrow their designated space in the garden. In the spring and fall, the Parks Conservancy staff often find themselves removing young perennial flowers that are eager to grow and mature into beautiful plants. With a little extra help, we can prepare these plants to be transplanted in other green spaces, where they will beautify and increase wildlife and pollinator value throughout our city.   

This volunteer event would consist mostly of seated tasks, and occasional walking or lifting of buckets. The Parks Conservancy staff would be mostly responsible for digging up plants from the garden, volunteers would then be asked to disentangle roots, and either pot, wrap, or bag individual or in small bunches of transplants for distribution.  We will be partnering with Grounded Strategies for this event. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). While not mandatory, we recommend folks wear close-toed shoes for these volunteer events.   

DONATE

A suggested donation of $740 for this event would cover the cost of plant packing materials, and staff hours.  

Highland Park entry garden

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Four - Eight
Event Duration: Two Hours
Season: October (10/5 - 10/16) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: Yes
Staff:  Two Staff Members
Internal Lead: Robin
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Robin Eng (reng@pittsburghparks.org), Restoration Gardener for more information. 

Spring Bulb Plantings (October) Riverview Park

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

Commitment for this event must be made several months in advance to be able to order bulbs before they sell out or it is too late to order for on time delivery. 

WHERE

Riverview Park Chapel Shelter, 366 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Spring flowering bulbs are harbingers of spring as they add color when most other plants are still dormant and kickoff the new growing season. They provide beauty in our landscapes while also providing early nectar and food sources for wildlife. They will add even more seasonal interest to our garden. Tulips, hyacinth, and daffodil are some of the most popular types, although due to deer pressure tulips cannot be planted at this garden.

We will be planting alliums, snow drops and Siberian squill in established beds using hand trowels and bulb planters. Bulbs will be laid out or spots marked prior to the event to indicate where they should be planted. This is a repetitive task involving squatting, standing up and down, and continual wrist motion. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). Poison Ivy, ticks, and other wildlife may be present. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, and long pants are highly recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

DONATE

A suggested donation of $570 for this event will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!

Perennial flowers in the spring time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Three - Five
Event Duration: Two - Three Hours
Season: October (10/25 - 10/29) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Moderate
Funding support: Not supported
Contingent on Donation: Yes
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Maggie
Bathrooms: Yes
Parking: Free

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information. 

Spring Bulb Plantings (November) Allegheny Commons Park

VOLUNTEER EVENT DETAILS

Commitment for this event must be made several months in advance to be able to order bulbs before they sell out or it is too late to order for on time delivery. 

WHERE

Allegheny Commons Park Northeast Fountain, corners of North and Cedar Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Spring flowering bulbs are harbingers of spring as they add color when most other plants are still dormant and kickoff the new growing season. They provide beauty in our landscapes while also providing early nectar and food sources for wildlife. They will add even more seasonal interest to our garden. Tulips, hyacinth, and daffodil are some of the most popular types, although due to deer pressure tulips cannot be planted at this garden.

We will be planting alliums, snow drops and Siberian squill in established beds using hand trowels and bulb planters. Bulbs will be laid out or spots marked prior to the event to indicate where they should be planted. This is a repetitive task involving squatting, standing up and down, and continual wrist motion. 

SAFETY

Garden spaces are often fully exposed to the sun and elements. We recommend volunteers check the hourly forecast before arriving so that they can come prepared for the weather (eg. extra water, sunscreen or sunhats, bug spray, and rain jackets or sweatshirts). Poison Ivy, ticks, and other wildlife may be present. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, and long pants are highly recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

DONATE

A suggested donation of $720 for this event will help cover the costs of materials and staff hours for this event, and for future maintenance of the site. There is no limit to the amount that can be donated!

An image of the fountain at Allegheny Commons.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number of  Volunteers: Three - Six
Event duration: Two - Three Hours
Season: November (11/1 - 11/5) 
Work Type:  Horticulture
Difficulty: Easy
Funding support: Yes
Contingent on Donation: Yes
Staff:  One Staff Member
Internal Lead: Maggie
Bathrooms: Yes (port-a-potty)
Parking: Paid, On-Street

QUESTIONS?

Contact Maggie Herrick (mherrick@pittsburghparks.org) for more information.