The City of Philadelphia has been a national model in the community gardening movement since the 1970s. Hundreds of community gardens have been cultivated on neglected vacant lots through the cooperative efforts of neighbors, with support from Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Penn State Extension and others.
In many cases, community gardeners do not have control over the abandoned land they care for. After years of cultivating the land, those parcels may be targeted for development or other uses.
Previously known as the Neighborhood Gardens Association (NGA), NGT was established in 1986 to address this problem by preserving and promoting community gardening across Philadelphia. NGT has preserved more than 48 community gardens, ranging from single lots to a 3.7- acre site, from vegetable and flower gardens to sitting parks. We are working to protect 70 gardens by 2022.
Bel Arbor Community Garden is one of our gardens located in the Bella Vista neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society honored Bel Arbor, among 12 ""Keystone Gardens"" at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show at the annual city gardens brunch.