UPDATED- Business Meeting

Due to a lack of interest, the March business meeting will be rescheduled in May to coincide with the grand opening of the garden.  In the meantime, if you are planning to renew your membership for the year please contact Klara so she can forward you a membership application, or we will post it online in the next few days for you to download, print and mail in.  The application form, list of volunteer activities and rules and regulations are being updated but they are not quite ready to roll out.

Garden Graduation and the end of the season

Just before Thanksgiving, the garderns met to celebrate Hamnett Garden’s completion of the Allegheny Grows Program.  Marisa was on hand to help wrap up the season, and she presented us with our “diploma” and started the tradition of jumping over a bale of hay as a graduation ritual.

The weather was gorgeous, we harvested the last batches of carrots, chard, and beets just in time for the holiday, and now the beds sleep quietly under a blanket of hay.

We are all looking forward to next spring!

cleaning out the garden beds

the final harvest

Marisa presenting the garden's "Diploma"

graduation ceremony: jumping over a bale of hay

the garden sleeps until spring

Piano Place is the newest improvement to the Hamnett Place Neighborhood

Piano Place, a public space bordering  the Hamnett Place community garden is now completed!

Piano Place was designed by Ronald R. Butler, an eighth grade student from Pittsburgh.  It is in memory of Harry C. Goldby, a PHLF member, World War II veteran, pianist, and French teacher who loved the Pittsburgh region.   It is designed with the piano as inspiration, which is evident in the black and white “keys” on the walkways. This site, dotted with berry bushes and fruit trees, is a quiet corner for community members to gather and for neighbors to enjoy, with the community garden at its center.  There are also several fun spots designed especially for kids, including musical instruments and a bamboo-laced tunnel.

Come on out an take a look!

Ceremony Honoring Ronald R. Butler and everyone who made Piano Place possible

Ronald addresses the crowd

The Ribbon Cutting, including Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson

Original Plan for Piano Place; some modifications were made

Piano Park, almost finished

Piano Park, in process

Planting Day

This past weekend was our official planting day at the garden, and the weather was beautiful!  Both Garden Dreams and Grow Pittsburgh donated a variety of seedlings, and members of Grow Pittsburgh lead workshops on planting seeds and transplanting seedlings.

The plots are starting to fill out, and it looks like we are in for a wonderful season of growing and harvesting!

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Tree Planting

Work has begun on Piano Place, which will surround the community garden!  The plans include fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, a grape arbor, picnic benches and more. The goal is to transform this space into a nice quiet spot for the whole neighborhood to relax, meet friends, and get to know each other better.  Grow Pittsburgh has donated 15 trees, several blackberry and raspberry bushes, grape vines, and many labor hours to help community members learn how to plant them all.  Thanks to everyone who helped dig and plant!  We look forward to beautiful blooms, delicious fruit, and cool shade!

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Here is a list of what has been planted so far:

  • 1 Victory Plum
  • 1 Long John Plum
  • 1 Hartland Cherry
  • 1 White Gold Cherry
  • 1 Kristin Cherry
  • 1 Olympic (Korean Giant) Asian Pear
  • 1 Shinko Asian Pear
  • 2 Serviceberries
  • 2 Hazelnuts  (three more to come)
  • 1 Persimmon
  • Raspberry bushes
  • Blackberry bushes
  • Grapevines

Pot Luck

To Celebrate the Beginning of the Planting Season and the Work Day, we will be having a party!
Come meet your fellow gardeners and neighbors or hang out with old friends.

Where: 514 Jeanette St. #2

(buzz “Myles and Ali” in the front or just come up the back steps call 267-702-7702 if you need help)

When: Sat March 24th at 6:30pm (come when you can, stay for as long as you want)

What to Bring: a dish and/or drinks to share AND plate or bowl to eat off of (no plastic/styrofoam here!) AND a friend or neighbor (optional)!