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Self-guided garden tour, August 2022

The West Chester Green Team offers you detailed descriptions of gardens planted by the Green Team, the three groups associated with our August 27 dinner reception, and some other allies.

Please tour these at your leisure. Links lead to the write-ups on our site (where you can also download pdfs of the same information) and links from there to even more information.

Bondsville Mill Park and Gardens in East Brandywine offers an amazing variety of plantings in the historic setting of a mill dating back to 1841 and now being restored.

Chestnut Street Garage Pollinator Garden in downtown West Chester beautifies a strip running the length of a parking garage and welcomes visitors to an increasingly green Borough.

Chester County Art Association planting on the West Chester edge of East Bradford created new gardens with an emphasis on esthetics and on nourishing pollinators.

Heart of Uwchlan Project on the grounds of the Uwchlan Township Building includes a Milkweed garden designated as a “Save the Monarchs” Monarch Habitat, a riparian Streamside Garden, and a Wetland Garden.

Lawn to Native Pollinator Garden Conversion in West Chester: read the steps involved and consider your own move from monoculture to pollinator-friendly plantings.

West Vincent Pollinator Pitstop Garden Program has started with a demonstration garden on the Township Building grounds, with activities like milkweed seed and plant giveaways and environmental education for children, and it plans to spread to other township parks.

West Vincent: Carys Egan’s garden, just created, inspired by the work lof Doug Tallamy and the West Vincent Township Environmental Advisory Council.

An underlying inspiration for these and many other projects, as well as for residents’ own gardens, is Chesco resident Doug Tallamy’s idea that we can all, on any space large or small, contribute to a Homegrown National Park oriented to pollinator-friendly native plants.

See also:

Phoenixville Area Transition Living Landscapes, assisting in developing healthier growing spaces.

Phoenixville Pollinator Corridor, dedicated to the proliferation of native plants.

Our Mission

The West Chester Green Team, a non-governmental civic organization in Chester County PA, works to educate the local public and to establish and nourish green initiatives in the community in harmony with nature and each other, promoting the health of all living things and of planet Earth.

See our latest newsletter and previous issues here.

See our calendar of events at the bottom of this page.

Our inspiration

“I believe that natural beauty has a necessary place in the development of any individual or any society. I believe that whenever we destroy beauty, whenever we substitute something man-made and artificial for a natural feature of this earth, we have retarded some part of man’s spiritual growth.” — Rachel Carson

Our Latest News

See all news under Blog in the top menu or by clicking here.

Thanks for Senator Carolyn Comitta for introducing a resolution recognizing the week of April 22 through April 30, 2022, as “International Dark Sky Week” in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately the resolution was not voted on, Maybe next year! Read more here.

About the West Chester Green Team

WCGT is passionate about helping people live their daily lives in a green, sustainable and community-oriented manner. We work through a board of over a dozen activists, plus hundreds of supporters. We invite all area residents to join us in taking action!

Our areas of focus are: 

Climate and Energy: Promoting green energy and combating climate change. Read more here.

Community: Building community through events oriented to the earth and the arts. Our membership in Transition US underlies all of our above areas plus others such as our Front Porch Concerts program, new in 2022. Read more here.

Gardening and Food: Encouraging people to plant and maintain gardens and trees, including the West Chester Tree Team. These activities fall under the Living Landscapes program, part of West Chester Area Transition. Read more here. Plant for the Planet!

Pesticides and Herbicides: Pressing to reduce use of toxic chemicals in our daily lives. Read more here.

Reducing use of plastics, especially single-use plastic bags and straws. Read more here.

Dark Sky Initiative, opposing light pollution at night, which is disruptive to both humans and animal species.

Other issues where we can all make a daily difference in environment and sustainability. Next on our list to start up: a Water Team (dealing with storm water, stream quality, flooding, water retention, rain gardens, tap water quality…).

If you’d like to help on these ongoing or upcoming initiatives, or have additional ideas, please let us know by emailing us at westchestergoesgreen@gmail.com.

Our scope is approximately the West Chester Area School district or about a 10 miles’ radius around West Chester Borough. We occasionally share news and events for the whole of Chester County as well.

As an independent environmental organization, we help our communities become more environment-conscious and sustainable, educate residents about green living, urge municipal and county governments to support our efforts, and ask businesses to become our allies. We need you; the planet needs all of us!

Are you with us? To sign up for our email list or to contact us or donate, please email here. Please let us know your interests and which municipality you live in. We don’t have formal memberships or dues but welcome all supporters to our list; and we can also connect you to other groups throughout Chester County.

Learn about our history here. See our Bylaws and officers here.

Our header shows one of West Chester’s marvelous front yard gardens, fully visible from the street, in all its summer glory.

Please look through this site and our Facebook page, feel free to add your thoughts or posts you’d like to share, and if you have questions or comments or wish to join us, email us here.

Upcoming Events

See our calendar below. You may prefer (upper right) Agenda view, listing events in order. See details on selected past events here. See also the broader Chesco Environment calendar here.