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This is the 20th year for PIZZAZZ! Proceeds from the previous 19 years have enabled The Garden Club of Allegheny County (GCAC) to fund more than $1 million in environmental and conservation projects throughout the community.
We are grateful to the Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors, Supporters, and Vendors of PIZZAZZ who have fostered the success of this event, and have allowed us to steward the proceeds of PIZZAZZ for the benefit of our Pittsburgh community. We invite and encourage you to return to PIZZAZZ 2015. Come help us celebrate 100 plus years of longevity and success!
PIZZAZZ is GCAC's major source of funds for the grants we make to conservation, horticultural, environmental, and educational projects in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Westmoreland County. Some of the recent projects we have supported with proceeds from PIZZAZZ include:
Centennial Project - Point State Park GCAC celebrated its Centennial in 2014 by funding a major project to encourage community environmental education at Pittsburgh's Point State Park, located at the juncture of our three rivers. The Club designed and planted a "Wayside Garden" that highlights the importance and beauty of native plants in our region, and also funded the design and construction of a rain garden/bioswale in the Park that demonstrates how storm water runoff can be managed responsibly. Both installations have permanent explanatory signage that will be accessible to the Park's estimated 2.5 million visitors every year.
Aspinwall Riverfront Park Installation of a circular "raindrop garden" to showcase native plants
Botany Action Program at Phipps Financial support for graduate students doing research in ethnobotany
Camp Guyasuta Weatherbug Station In conjunction with KDKA, installation of a weather data collection station to allow thousands of area participating school district children to access the data for use in their science programs, and benefit a summer co-ed STEM science camp
Fern Hollow Nature Center Development of Phase II of the Outdoor Classroom
Grow Pittsburgh Funding for Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh, an in-school gardening program
GTECH (Growth Through Energy and Community Health) Installation of sunflower gardens on former blighted, vacant lots
Lawrenceville Greenscapes Initiative Funding for window boxes for homeowners without trees on their urban properties
Neighborhood Academy Installation of native trees and two edible gardens
Neville House Installation of historically accurate plant materials enhancing Woodville Plantation
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association Advancement of green infrastructure in coordination with Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Installation of a public educational exhibit including a native plant rain garden with bridge
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Planning and design of the Native Plant Discovery Gardens at the Frick Environmental Center
Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden Funding for rotating floral display to show how Paradise was imagined through the ages, from the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" and the Egyptian pleasure gardens to the Renaissance
Sewickley Restoration Branch of The American Chestnut Foundation Restoration of the American chestnut tree through mass planting in Sewickley Heights Borough Park
Student Conservation Association Funding for the Community Youth Program to support a recreational camping trip in Allegheny National Forest
Tree Pittsburgh Integration of youth services and educational programs into the community tree nursery program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Installation of perennials in 16 community gardens