Come join us at the Garden Center for the Frankford Avenue of the Arts First Friday celebration in December.  Starting December 3rd to December 5th 2010the Garden Center will be bringing the neighborhood some cheer as we preserve our holiday tradition of selling Christmas Trees for another year!  Come witness the transformation from Garden Center to winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees, free coffee or hot chocolate, festive lights and decorations, and all kinds of holiday spirit!  As usual we will be offering free Christmas tree delivery for any trees purchased over the weekend.


Drought or deluge, Philadelphia can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to water issues.  Installing a rain barrel outside of your home or business can help conserve water when we need it most and offset storm water runoff when it rains.   Plus, building your own is a lot of fun!

Come join us at the NKCDC Garden Center for the first in a series of DIY rain barrel workshops led by our good friends at Sustainable 19125. If you are interested in  building your own rain barrel (no experience required!), the date to remember is Saturday, October 16 from 12:00-3:00 PM.  Donations are suggested to cover the cost of materials, but no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.

Please RSVP for this workshop by sending an e-mail to or by calling Jamie or Toby at 215 427 0650 x 133.

And if you can’t make it to this workshop, don’t worry!  Just send an e-mail to the folks at Sustainable 19125 and they’ll happily keep you in the loop about all the fun and free upcoming rain barrel events. 

Get ready for two great workshops to kick off the Fall season!

September 18th 12pm-1:30pm:  MUMS the word for the fall. MUMS are the classic fall flower for your garden.  This workshop will demonstrate how to grow and care for your mums!’

September 25th 12pm – 1:30pm:  Mike McGrath will discuss the many ways to grow a fall vegetable/herb garden. Mike McGrath hosts the weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show, “You Bet Your Garden ( an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks.” YBYG airs every Saturday morning at 11 on WHYY-FM (90.9 FM) in Philadelphia, reaching listeners throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The show also airs on Public Radio stations across the nation.

Come by the NKCDC Garden Center at 5:30pm next Tuesday for an Energy Conservation workshop! Learn how to save up to $500 per year by conserving energy in your home and get a free CFL lightbulb! RSVP to Zoe at

Community Garden Party
Thursday, June 3rd,  5pm

H.A. Brown Elementary

(1900 E. Sergeant)

Join students in the Philadelphia OIC Out-of-School-Time Program at Henry A Brown Elementary ( as they celebrate the revitalization of a vacant lot by holding a garden party where the students will showcase their work to the community. In addition to learning about gardening and the environment, the students have planted vegetables, flowers, and perennials, painted the wall, and created anti-litter signs and a garden banner.

The OIC Garden Party is the culmination of an on-going service-learning project through partnership with New Kensington CDC & Delaware Valley Earth Force (

Hope to see you there!

FNA Meet the Neighbors
Friday, June 4th 6-9pm
Curious who all the new people in the neighborhood are? Haven’t seen old friends for a while? Well, we’ve got the answer. Yes, it’s time for Meet the Neighbors!! As always, Friday, June 4, the first Friday in June at the NKCDC Garden Center at Frankford & Berks. We’ll have food, drink, music, raffles, prizes & honorees! Suggested donation $10.

Energy Conservation Workshop
Tuesday, June 15th 5:30-6:30pm
Learn how to save up to $500 per year by conserving energy in your home. Each person will get a chance to win a free weatherization kit, and everyone will receive a CFL light bulb!

How-to-Ride Workshop
Wednesday, June 16th 6pm
Get started riding a bike safely in Philly. Bicycle Coalition Ambassadors will review fitting a bike & helmet, what to wear, rules of the road, & more. Please RSVP by June 10th to Kathryn; or 215.427.0350 x120.

Container Gardening Workshop
Saturday, June 26th 10-11:30 and 12-1:30
Learn the basics of growing your own food! Bring a container or buy one on site. We supply free soil, vegetables, and herbs! RSVP by June 8th to Alice: or 215-988-8790

Do you have children that are interested in making a difference in their school or neighborhood? Your child can become a Junior Green Guide by leading his/her peers and neighbors in making your community a more sustainable place! Not only will they be environmental stewards in their community, but they will also learn a lot about the environment and have fun too!
The Junior Green Guide Program will take place at the NKCDC Garden Center from 4-5pm every other Wednesday starting on May 5th. The dates are as follows:   May 5th, May 19th, June 2nd, and June 16th.

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