Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accreditation Training
Mon. – Thurs., Feb. 12 – 15 (Snow date: Fri., Feb. 16) | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
$475 on or before Mon., Jan. 15; $525 after Mon., Jan. 15
Additional attendees from the same business receive a 50% discount - enter code TEAM50 at checkout.
This intensive training is designed for landscape and lawncare professionals looking to distinguish themselves as true sustainable practitioners. Modeled after the NOFA Organic Landcare Program in Connecticut, this program is led by experienced trainers from the NOFA program and supplemented by local experts to provide regional context. Courses are built around NOFA’s Organic Land Care Standards, and cover topics such as soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; storm water management; invasive plants and more. The registration fee includes catered lunches and the textbook. To review the standards and instructor bios, visit our accreditation page.
Beautify Your Landscape with Phipps-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-accredited Sustainable Landcare Professional. You can have a beautiful lawn that is healthy for you, your children, your pets and the birds, bees and butterflies.
Demand for Sustainable Landcare
To meet the increasing demand for sustainable landcare, Phipps offers training for landscape and lawncare 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
Dirt Landscaping Collective
Service area: City of Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, Ligonier
Accredited professionals: Meg Graham, Jennifer Lazzaro
Specialties: Consulting; garden design and planning; installation; maintenance; mowing; naturalized areas; ornamentals; planting/transplanting; remediation/restoration; tree and shrub care; whole landscapes; wildlife habitat; yardwork; side-by-side gardening
(The Gentle Earth Division of Blue Fox Landscape Design)
Service area: 15-mile raidus of Gibsonia
Accredited professional: Benjamin Binus
Specialties: Aquatic/ponds; garden or ornamentals; landscape construction; naturalized areas; outdoor lighting; planting or transplanting; remediation or restoration; stormwater; whole landscapes; wildlife habitat; yardwork
LGDG Landscape & Garden Design by Gwen, LLC
Service area: Pittsburgh, South Hills, East Hills, North Hills, Western Pgh. Suburbs
Accredited professional: Gwen Wisniewski
Specialties: Aquatic/ponds; consultation and assessment for new and diy homeowners and landscapers; garden design and planning; naturalized; ornamentals; areas; planting/transplanting; remediation/restoration; tree and shrub care; whole landscapes; wildlife habitat
Natural Garden Design
Service area: Allegheny County
Accredited professional: Bill Lucki
Specialties: Aquatic/ponds; garden or ornamentals; landscape construction; naturalized areas; outdoor lighting; planting or transplanting; remediation or restoration; tree or shrub care; whole landscapes; wildlife habitat
Nurture the Nature Lawns & Landscapes
Service area: Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including Fox Chapel and Murrysville
Accredited professional: Mark Winski
Specialties: Garden or ornamentals; lawns or athletic turf; mowing; naturalized areas; planting/transplanting; remediation or restoration; tree or shrub care; whole landscapes
Sunflower Valley Gardening & Design, LLC
Accredited professional: Raechel Worry
Specialties: Installation; landscape design; maintenance; planning; ornamentals; planting/transplanting; remediation/restoration
Sylvan Gardens, Inc.
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh area
Accredited professional: Brian Friend
Specialties: Garden or ornamentals; landscape construction; lawns or athletic turf; mowing; naturalized areas; planting or transplanting; remediation or restoration; tree or shrub care
Wild Rose Landscape Design, LLC
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh area, primarily South Hills and Gibsonia
Accredited professional: Patricia Beck
Specialties: Garden or ornamentals; outdoor lighting; tree or shrub care; whole landscapes; hardscaping
Supporter Level Accredited Landcare Professionals:
Kathleen A. Hrabovsky
Accredited Landcare 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 Accredited Landcare 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.
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