2515 Frankford Ave · Philadelphia, PA 19125 · phone: 215.427.0350 · fax: 215.427.1302
The NKCDC Garden Center, located at 1825 Frankford Avenue, hosts gardening/horticultural workshops and seasonal festivals free of charge. From 1997 until 2010 The Garden Center sold plants and flowers seasonally. Today the greenhouse continues to flourish. Currently home to the Sustainable 19125 Compost Coop, First Friday Craft Bazaars, and a distribution site for St. Christopher's Farm to Families program, The Garden Center continues to be a community destination.
In 1997, the southeast corner of Frankford Avenue and Berks Street was transformed from a trash-strewn, abandoned lot into the plant-filled oasis known as the New Kensington Community Garden Center. The Garden Center was built in only six weeks by NKCDC staff, local residents, staff of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green Program, and AmeriCorps members from the National Community and Conservation Corps. It was designed by the Community Design Collaborative, NKCDC staff, and local residents.
The Garden Center now stands not only as a major accomplishment of NKCDC’s Open Space Management Program, but also as a symbol of what people can achieve by working together.