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Sustainable Landcare Accreditation

2023 Training Open for Registration!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: JAN. 31, FEB. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, and MARch 2; 6 – 9 p.m. (online)
Fri., Feb. 24; 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (in person at Phipps Special Events Hall)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom with one day in-person training

Rate for Professional Landcare Providers: 
$350 on or before Jan 16, 2023 ($400 after)
(additional attendees from the same business receive a 50% discount) 

Reduced Rate for Environmental Nonprofits and Government and School Grounds Staff: 
$262.50 on or before Jan 16, 2023 ($312.50 after)

Scholarship Opportunities:
Partial scholarships are available for nonprofit, government and school staff as well as qualifying individuals. Complete our application online by Jan. 16, 2023. Email Juliette Olshock at with any questions. 

Professional CEUs Available:

  • 35.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES
  • 25.25 CEUs for certified arborists with ISA
  • 15.75 CEUs for Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists
  • 13.75 CEUs for Sustainable Landscape Certified with PLNA
  • Pesticide Recertification categories and credits: Core – 2, Cat PC – 6, Cat 06 – 6, Cat 07 – 1, Cat 10 – 2, Cat 18 – 9, Cat 23 – 9 

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Beautify Your Landscape with Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

If you are a home or business owner looking for a professional to design, install or maintain your yard or landscape, consider a Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional. You can have a beautiful garden that is healthy for you, your children, your pets and the environment.

Demand for Sustainable Landcare

To meet the increasing demand for sustainable land care, Phipps offers training for landscape and lawn care professionals who care about their work and know that a healthy and beautiful home landscape is directly related to human health and the health of our environment. The local landcare professionals listed below have attended an extensive course and have pledged to provide the standard of excellence that you expect from Phipps.

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

Burghscape by Gargiulo Landscape
Service area: Pittsburgh and Northern Communities
Accredited professional: Joe Gargiulo and Jennifer Senchak
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes, ISA Certified Arborists
Specialties: Creating and executing Master Plans for site development and rejuvenation; total package swimming pool and outdoor living design and installation; collaboration on environmental education and community engagement projects. Established 1994.

Cool Hand Carpentry and Landscaping
Service area: Edgewood, Swissvale, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Forest Hills and Point Breeze
Accredited professional: Scott Fingal
Services: Organic lawn care, garden planning, design and installation
Specialties: Full-service landcare company with a specialty in preparing homes for sale; purpose-designed gardens (native, pollinator, bird and butterfly attractors); raised garden beds and other wood structures 

Exceptional Gardens
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding areas
412-308-5530, (cell) 412-692-1548
Accredited professional: Jaime DeSensi
Services: Organic lawn care, consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Full spectrum custom landscape design services; fall/winter lighting arrangements, wreaths, and holiday lighting services; landscape lighting design and installation services

Fourth River Workers Guild
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding region
Accredited professional: Mitch Hall
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Sustainable forestry and land stewardship; backyard wildlife habitat; wood fired ovens, barbecue pits and masonry heaters

Green Creations Landscape Services, LLC
Service area: Fox Chapel, Shadyside, North Hills, Mars, South Butler, Sewickley
Accredited professional: Kosta Bounos
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Complete sustainable and traditional landscape services, creative solutions to landscape problems (raingardens, dry stream beds, vegetative berms and swales to direct runoff), estate gardening services

J.A. Rutter Co.
Service area: Eastern Suburbs
724-327-1101 X210
Accredited professional: Jayme Matkozich
Services: Landscape supplies
Specialties: Wood waste recycling (DEP Permitted), mulch manufacturer, soil/soil mix (rain garden, etc.) provider

Landscape & Garden Design by Gwen, LLC
Service area: Pittsburgh, South Hills, East Hills, North Hills, western Pittsburgh suburbs
Accredited professional: Gwen Wisniewski
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design
Specialties: Landscape and garden design plans for installation by homeowner or their landscaper; consults and plans for DIY projects; hourly consults for homeowners, commercial landscaper and nurseries; will work with your landscaper to design and implement designs; will assist in choosing landscape contractors

Local Roots Landscaping
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh Area
Accredited professionals: Logan Booth, Kenta Corelew, Will Duran, Marcus Roach and Ed Smith 
Services: Garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance and hardscapes
Specialties: Storm-water management/drainage; landscape design and installations; outdoor living spaces

Mayapple Ecological Gardening and Design
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding areas
Accredited professionals: Meg Graham and Carlea Cannon
Services: Garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Native plant and wildlife habitat creation, restoration, and preservation; educating and fostering a new generation of ecological gardeners and land stewards; helping home and land owners transition away from chemical-based and hazardous products and begin implementing sustainable landcare practices

Nurture the Nature Lawns & Landscapes
Service area: Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including Fox Chapel and Murrysville
Accredited professional: Mark Winski
Services: Organic lawn care, consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Lawn remediation and renovations (partial or complete); trained and certified in organic and sustainable best practices, including hand trimming, pruning, and weeding; PA DOA Certified Professional for the care of lawns, ornamentals and rainwater management solutions

Petrichor Gardens Pittsburgh
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding area
Accredited professional: Claire Ward
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Land stewardship, fine gardening, native landscapes and backyard wildlife habitat

Phyto Bello
Service area: Pittsburgh area
Accredited professional: Carya Cornell
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Native plants, pollinator habitats and habitat certification, education and events (including make your own seedball workshops)

Rush Creek Designs
Service area: Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Accredited professional: Leslie Kaplan
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design
Specialties: Specialty plant acquisition, plant identification, supervision of installations - client advocate

Scioto Gardens
Service area: Columbus, OH and surrounding counties
Accredited professionals: Joshua Zingg and Reyna Hylton
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance, ISA Certified Arborist
Specialties: Invasive species removal, wildlife habitat creation, native plant nursery

Segelson's Daylillies LLC
Service area: Allegheny County, South Butler and Western Westmoreland
Accredited professional: Garrett Segelson
Services: Garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Organically grown daylilies

Soil Sisters Plant Nursery
Service area: Beltzhoover
Accredited professional: Raynise Kelly 
Services: Seedling production and sales 
Specialties: Vegetables, herbs and flowers 

Stone | Grow
Service area: 60-mile radius of Pittsburgh
Accredited professional: Suzanne Pace
Services: Garden planning and design, consultations, installation and on-going maintenance 
Specialties: Historic dry stone wall design, repair and/or rebuild; full service landscape design, build and install; comprehensive organic fine gardening services 

Sundrop Design
Service area: Pittsburgh (Central, North, East), North Hills, Mars, Cranberry
Accredited professional: Ashley Ressler
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation
Specialties: Design with a regenerative approach to the land; advocacy for soil and plant health; seasonal plant styling

Sylvan Gardens
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh Area
Accredited professional: Brian Friend
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Plant installation and landscape design

Service area: Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia
Accredited professional: Robert Foster
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Complete range of landscape design through construction services; outdoor living features including landscape illumination; environmental solutions such as wildlife habitats, green roof installation, rain gardens, as well as remediation/restoration and rainwater management

This Green City
Service area: Western Pennsylvania
Accredited professionals: Jen Lazzaro, Sara Crawford and Sarah Wasilewski
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Wildlife Habitat Certification, long term planning and estate management, new-to-you yard consultations and site assessment; ‘From Lawn to Life’ turf grass removal and redesign; striking a balance between the constraints of the urban landscape and offering a partnership with nature, a liaison to the wild

Touch of Green
Service area: Pittsburgh - East
Accredited professional: Jess Runco
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Native, pollinator and beautiful garden installation and maintenance; lawn alternatives and garden redesign; full service sustainable landscaping

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Advocates

Caroline Bristol
Angela Del Raso
Benjamin Chilcote
Reyna Hylton
Kathleen A. Hrabovsky
Barbara Martin
Rachel Patnik
Katie Schuller
Roma Wickersham
Edward Wrenn

Allegheny GoatScape
Gavin Deming
Hillary Steffes

Grow Pittsburgh
Redding Jackson

Nemacolin Woodlands
Jarica Pickens
AJ Sheets

Penn State Master Gardener
John Powell

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Abby Anderson
Jessica Horrenstein

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Jaci Bruschi
Maggie Herrick
Brandon McCracken
Angela Yuele

Rosemont College
Jeannette Dumas

Student Farm at Penn State
Darin Ripp

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Jennifer Eppolito

Specialized Training

Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals are trained in soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; storm water management; native plants of Western Pennsylvania; invasive plants; and more. To learn more, see our complete Sustainable Landcare standards and curriculum.

Our Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals have a deep understanding of what makes a landscape both beautiful and sustainable, and will work with you to help you make the best decisions for your property. From soil testing to plant placement, our professionals have the hard skills and critical thinking to make sure you are satisfied with your landscape for years to come.

For even more resources on establishing a beautiful, healthy lawn, check out our Phipps Safe Lawn and Landscaping archives.

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional Resources

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