Hanging Baskets and Containers in York City

“Summer in the City”

The hanging basket project of The Garden Club of York

Click on picture to watch the hanging of the basket.

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. 

The Garden Club of York 

Founders of the Baskets of York Endowment Fund  

We are grateful to these donors for their generosity and foresight to build an endowment that will provide forever funding to brighten downtown York with overflowing baskets blooming with color and beauty. 
Mr. & Mrs. Louis J.* Appell, Jr. New Standard Corp. 
Judy & Albert* Blakey Penn Waste 
W. Dale Brougher Foundation Peoples Bank, A Codorus Valley Co. 
Lynne Danyo Perform Group, LLC 
Charles & Alma Diehl Family Fund Brenda & W. Scott Rhinehart 
Ginger & John* Finlayson Pat & Jack Richards 
Elizabeth* & Patrick Franklin Shipley Group 
Garden Club of York Civic Development Committee Laverna Slagle* Trust 
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Glatfelter* Carol & Rick Smith 
Glatfelter Insurance Group Mr. & Mrs. David E. Stauffer 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Graham The Stewart Companies – Karylee & Gary Gilbert 
Graham Foundation Coni Wolf 
Grumbacher Family Foundation Cornelia & William Wolf* 
Hodges Family Foundation Frances & Tom Wolf 
Alice Maureen & Joseph Hunter* York County Community Foundation 
Jill & Leslie Jones John Zimmerman 
The Kerlin Family Fund  
*We remember 

The Garden Club of York 

Hanging Basket Sponsors 2022 

Powder Mill Foundation 
Chandra and Lou Appell, in memory of Louis J. Appell, Jr. 
Coni Wolf, in memory of Phyllis Wolf and in honor of Ingrid Graham 

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Linda and Dave Davidson     KBG Injury Law           Dr. Polly Rost          York Revolution          The York Water Company 

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Anonymous Susan Liebegott 
Rebecca Baker in memory of Sarah Stahl Jeff and Cindy Lobach 
Mary Kay Bernosky Kris Mailey 
Mike and Jackie Bortner in memory of Linda Montanaro John and Rene Manzella 
Brewery Products Co. John and Mary Beth McGreevy 
Brockie Pharmatech Kendall and Eric Menzer 
Meg and Peter Brubaker Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, Inc. 
Katherine and Warren Bulette Rochelle Nyman in memory of Henry H. Nyman 
Business Information Group, Inc. Jan Olsen in memory of Allen and Margaret Beaumont 
Anne Collier in memory of William G. Collier in memory of Carl Sallade  Joan Poet in memory of Anne L. 
Frank and Rebecca Countess in honor of Rhoda Kingston Susan Renoll 
Lynne Danyo Rebecca Roberts 
John & Peggy Davidson Dave and Bonnie Rothert 
Dr. Robert C. Elser and Friedel Liebe-Elser  in memory of Kay W. ElserJack and Penny Sanstead in honor of Rene Manzella 
Gettle Vaugh Law John C. Schmidt 
The Graham Group Jane Schussler 
Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP Sue Souser in memory of Carolyn Kirkpatrick 
Michael and Melanie Hady Joan Stauffer in memory of Sarah and Curtis and Fritchman 
Megan and Kelly Hanson in honor of Linda Hanson Mark Stegner 
Jeffrey L Henry Inc.Carol Stine in memory of Mark Hess 
George and Marty Hodges Laura Strine in memory of Helen Strine 
Hoffmeyer & Semmelman LLC, Law Office Traditions Bank 
Doug Hoke Joe and Carol Wagman 
Lori Jacobs Weinstein Realty Advisors 
John and Kim Keesee John and Annabelle Wenzke 
Bill and Kim Kerlin Kim Whiteley for Jenny Whiteley 
The Kinsley Foundation Karen Willman in memory of Dennis Willman 
Loren and Faye Kroh Chuck and Diane Wolf in memory of Susan H. Wolf 
Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors Woman’s Club of York 
Stan and Jane Lebouitz Elaine and John Yates 
Maureen and Charles Letocha in honor of Phyllis McCullough Dave & Lois Yates, Phil & Natalie Yates, Elaine & John Yates in memory of Jean Yates 
Kathy and Stu Levey in memory of Joanne Gerlach