Hanging Baskets and Containers in York City

“Summer in the City”

The hanging basket project of The Garden Club of York

This year the hanging baskets will be arriving in York on May 17, 2022. Rain date will be May 19th.

 The Hanging Baskets are focal points when traveling through downtown York. They are overflowing with greenery and color that beautify our city. We are very proud of this project that began in 2000 when 4 baskets were hung on the corners of Continental Square. Members of the garden club planted the baskets and city workers installed them on the 4 lamp posts.  The number of baskets has grown every year since and this year, in 2022, we will hang 235 baskets on  George Street, Market Street, Philadelphia Street, King Street, Cherry Lane and the 3 bridges over the Codorus.

In 2005, a campaign called “Summer in the City” was begun to appeal to businesses and individuals to sponsor hanging baskets at a cost of $250 each. In 2005 we had increased the baskets to cover all the available lamp posts in the square and the first few blocks of George Street, a total of 36 baskets.

In 2008, through donations from the community, we established the Baskets of York Endowment Fund at York County Community Foundation. The purpose of this endowment is to fund the baskets in perpetuity. But with our ever-increasing number of baskets, the proceeds of the Fund only cover about half of the expenses.  We rely heavily on the support of individuals and businesses to make up the difference.

Anyone can sponsor a basket. The purchase of a hanging basket is a great way to show your support for the City of York and its beautification, to honor someone special, or to memorialize a loved one. With each basket sponsored, comes a hang tag. These hangtags identify the sponsor and the special person being honored. The cost to sponsor a basket is still $250. This covers its purchase and planting, delivery, installation, daily watering and fertilizing, throughout spring, summer, and fall. Donations to support York’s hanging baskets are welcome in ALL amounts.

How to Support

Donations can be made by check or credit card using the appropriate button below.

In addition, tax deductible contributions may be made directly to the York County Community Foundation’s Hanging Baskets of York Endowment Fund. You may contact YCCF at (717) 848-7377.

The Garden Club of York is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization through Garden Club Federation of PA. The official registration and financial information of Garden Club Federation of PA may be obtained from Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

York’s Street Containers A partnership between Downtown Inc. and Garden Club of York

In 2015 The Garden Club was approached by Downtown Inc. with an idea — A partnership with the Garden Club to plant and maintain their 92 street containers that are located around the city. Garden Club enthusiastically agreed. Most of them we planted with English boxwoods. Each spring we plant flowers around the outside of each boxwood. There are 11 artistic metal containers on Beaver Street that we plant with flowers. We also plant the 8 large containers in front of the Judicial Center on N. George St.

All these containers are planted by garden club members and friends on the same day, in mid-May, that the hanging baskets arrive from the grower. Anyone interested in helping to plant the flowers in the containers, which this year will be May 11 (rain date May 14) should contact Christy Chiaro, who is coordinating the planting effort, at christychiaro@soldonyork.com.

Garden Club also decorates the corners of Continental Square for fall with pumpkins, cabbages and mums. For the holiday season, we fill the containers with fresh greens and berries and branches. 

GCY Thanks Our Hanging Basket 2021 Donors

Adele Naglieri
Anne Collier in Memory of William Collier
Anne K. Wagner
Anonymous Resident of York City
Becky Bingham
Brewery Products Company
Brockie Pharmatech
Cancer Care Associates
Carol Lowe
Cathy Smith
Charles & Judi Snyder
Chloe R. Eichelberger
Chuck & Diane Wolf in Memory of Susan Wolf
Commissioner Doug Hoke
Coni Wolf in Honor of Ingrid Graham
Coni Wolf in Memory of Phyllis Hantz Wolf
Darlene Welter
Debbie Simon & Tim Grumbacher
Dee Garson
Diane Y Delozier
Eagle Claw Tree Service LLC
Elaine & John Yates in Memory of Jean G Yates
Faye Kroh
George & Marty Hodges
Gettle Vaughn Law LLC
Glatfelter Insurance Group
Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP
Helen Groft
Helen Smolko
Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLC in Memory of Louise Carrie Overmiller
Holly Bell
In Memory of Our Grandmother, Frances F. Meisenhelder
Jack & Penny Sanstead in Honor of Rene Manzella
Jack and Linda Sommer
Jacqueline and Michael Bortner
Jan Lehman in Memory of Joyce A. Gilbert
Jane Dodson
Joan Graff
Joan Poet
Joan Stauffer
Jody & Jake Keller
John & Kim Keesee
John & Mary Beth McGreevy in Memory of Ed & Jo McGreevy
Judith Waltman-Baccon in Memory of Kristoff
Karen Willman in Memory of Dennis E Willman
Katherine and Warren Bulette in Honor of Linda and Shirley
Kathy and Stu Levey in Honor of Jessica and Friends Community
KBG Injury Law
Kendall & Eric Menzer
Leslie and Jill Jones in Memory of Sabena Jones
Linda and Dave Davidson
Linda Armstrong
Liza Troutman
Loren & Faye Kroh
Lynn Trout
Lynne Stoyer
Margaret LeCates
Maria Musti Cook
Mary Lou Benton
Meg & Peter Brubaker
Megan Hanson
Metza Whiteley
Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Elser in Memory of Kay Elser
Mr. and Mrs. William Holly
Mrs. Jacqueline Thompson in Memory of Robert Thompson
Mrs. Marge Bernstine
Ms. Frances Keller
Bill and Kim Kerlin
Mt. Zion Lodge, No. 74, I.O.O.F
Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
Nancy Rexrode
Nedra Cramer
Neila J. Burrows
One West, LLC in Memory of Sue Will
Pam Paules
Pam Rodencal
Powder Mill Foundation
Randall Gross / RG Industries Inc.
Rebecca Baker in Memory of Sarah Stahl
Rebecca S. Roberts
Rebekah Carmel
Rene and John Manzella
Rev John and Annabelle Wenzke
Rita Meisenhelder
Rochelle A. Nyman in Memory of Henry H Nyman Jr
RST Cable & Tape, Inc.
Sally Wagman
Sandra J Wilt
Shirley Shipley
Stage Masters LLC
Stan & Jane Lebouitz in Memory of Helen Findley
Sue Renoll
Susan and Randy Byrnes in Memory of Augusta Schwab Petron
Susan Wennerstrom
The Graham Group
The Kinsley Foundation
The Newman Family
Traditions Bank
Weinstein Realty Consultants
Woman’s Club of York
York College Center for Community Engagement
York Odd Fellows Mt Zion Lodge #74
York Revolution