In lieu of the in-person 2nd Swissvale Edible Garden Tour, originally scheduled for July 18, the planning committee will present an adjusted program centering on a socially distanced, self-guided tour of Swissvale gardens. All featured gardens will be visible from the street (or alley or public space). This self-guided garden tour will give visitors a physical connection with the Swissvale landscape and its gardens while following social distancing regulations to keep both gardeners and visitors safe.
Participating gardens will all be listed on an interactive map and have a sign clearly posted on-site with information about the garden and the tour. Since gardeners will not be “hosting” or interacting with visitors, and to encourage social distancing and avoid any crowding, the tour will take place over nine days. The self-guided tour will be active from Saturday, August 8 to Sunday, August 16 (8AM-8PM each day). Visitors will be able to walk, bike, or drive around to the gardens listed on the tour.
Ways to get involved:
Help us connect with other gardeners who have gardens you can see from the street/alley/public space. If you would like to participate, sign up via this form.
If you post photos or videos on Instagram of your Swissvale garden or other Swissvale gardens you enjoy while walking around, tag #swissvalegardens.
Let us know if you think you'd like to shoot a short (ideally 2-3 minute) video of your garden - we can post it leading up to the event. These can feature a specific highlight of your garden (a favorite crop or new project, for example), a gardening tip you’d like to share, a brief tour of your overall garden, etc - get creative! This can be any Swissvale garden, not just one participating in the self-guided tour.
This year’s tour will be really easy for the gardeners – you won’t have to be available at all during the tour since people will only be checking the gardens out from the sidewalk/public space. You’ll help us make sure the signs are posted and stay up and visible at your garden throughout the tour, along with submitting a video if you want.
Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:
CivicMapper, Porter Loves Creative, The Paper Lady, Pub in the Park, East End Food Co-op, Grow Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt Home Inspection Services, Julie Grose, Treat Me Daily, Rotary Club of Swissvale, Price and Associates, PC, Master's Hardware, Triangle Bar and Grill, Bonnie Spoales, Stew's Brews, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, Switch and Signal Skate Park, The Borough of Swissvale , GoodFellas Restaurant and Tavern, Wilkins School Community Center, Dave Swatzler and Gary Marzolf, Maggie Oates, Turner Dairy Farms, and Perla's Appliances Plus!
The event is presented by the Swissvale Community Action Committee (SCAC) and proceeds from the event will support the Swissvale Community Garden (SCG.)