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Gardening Organizations

Pittsburgh Region



  • Back Yard Fruit Growers
    An informal association based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Check out their various focus groups (garlic and habaneros). There are also great links to related websites on their page.
  • Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
    The GCFP is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of over 6,000 Pennsylvania garden club members: women, men and youth who share interests in gardening, civic beautification, floral design, conservation of natural resources, environmental and legislative issues through local clubs. The local clubs are grouped into 11 districts. The GCFP is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
  • Penn State Master Gardener Program
    The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening so that they can teach other home gardeners.
  • Pennsylvania Gourd Society
    The Pennsylvania Gourd Society is a state-wide non-profit organization consisting of gourd lovers of many varieties - from novice gourd gardeners to experienced hand-pollinators, from budding artists to juried fine artists, and different kinds of gourd crafters.
  • The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces the Philadelphia Flower Show, an annual event in March that attracts thousands of visitors and gardening enthusiasts.
  • Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
    Members include production nurseries, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance maintenance firms, garden centers, florists, and interiorscape firms. The site provides current information on legislative/regulatory issues, member benefits, and educational opportunities.
  • Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
    The Pennsylvania Native Plant Society (PNPS) is a not-for-profit organization that helps people learn about and enjoy native plants found in Pennsylvania. It sponsors numerous field trips throughout the state and publishes a quarterly newsletter for members.

United States - General Gardening

  • American Community Garden Association
    Their mission is to promote community gardening because: "community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education."
  • American Horticultural Society
    The American Horticultural Society (AHS) website includes information about joining the society and purchasing its publications, one of which is the bimonthly American Gardener.
  • American Society for Horticultural Sciences
    For professional gardeners (horticulturalists).
  • Garden Writers Association
    The GWA is comprised of creative garden communications professionals including freelance writers, book authors, syndicated columnists, editors, photographers, lecturers, television and radio personalities and more. Each year they award prizes for the best writing.
  • National Garden Bureau
    The National Garden Bureau is dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information so that home gardeners can successfully grow flowers and vegetables from seed. Check here for the latest varieties!
  • National Garden Clubs, Inc.
    This federation of federations of garden clubs has links to the various state federations
  • National Gardening Association
    The National Gardening Association offers expert advice and gardening articles on their website (they even have a weed library.
  • Ecological Landscaping Association
    The Ecological Landscaping Association is a nonprofit, member-based organization of landscape professionals, homeowners, and community groups who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial.
  • Perennial Plant Association
    A professional trade association dedicated to improving the perennial plant industry by providing education to enhance the production, promotion and utilization of perennial plants. They choose a "Perennial Plant of the Year" that is "suitable for a wide range of climate types, low maintenance, easily propagated - easily comes true from seed or vegetative propagation, and exhibits multiple seasonal interest."

United States - Specific Plants