Bring the Outdoors Home

Landcare Professionals

Our mission is to provide strong customer service at a fair price. 

Sylvan Gardens is owned and operated by Pittsburgh natives who are committed to the region and understand the vegetation and geological features unique to the area. We can help you to build a landscape that is ideally suited to the Western Pennsylvania climate.

We are devoted to the principles of small business and committed to ensuring that all customers and employees are treated respectfully and equitably. We work closely and cooperatively with our customers to design, install and manage the highest-quality landscapes.

We aren't just here for your business. We're passionate about our craft and want to share the outdoor experience with you. 


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Our Staff

Brian Friend


Brian Friend is a commercial landscaping professional with over 20 years of industry experience. A native Pittsburgher who attended Penn State University and earned a BS Landscape Contracting, he has worked for national and regional landscape maintenance companies in New Jersey, Chicago and Pittsburgh since 1998.

Brian is also a Certified Landscape Technician of the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) and has been accredited by Phipps Conservatory as a Sustainable Landcare Professional.

John Friend

General Manager

John is a 2012 Penn State graduate with a degree in Landscape Contracting/Design. He has worked for various landscape and green industry companies throughout the Pittsburgh region, including The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh, The Brickman Group, Keystone Turf Products and Valleycrest Golf Course Maintenance along with independent advisory and design work.

John is a Certified Pesticide Applicator (Penn State) and expert in commercial landscape maintenance.

Join the Team

We're hiring! Sylvan Gardens is looking to add knowledgeable, experienced team members for the 2018 season.

Sylvan Gardens offers:
 Full Time, Year Round Employment
 Path to Management Positions
 Positive, Professional Work Culture


Frequently Asked Questions

Who will work on my property?
Well-trained, supervised personnel. All employees wear a company uniform and are trained in equipment and material-handling industry standards.

What is Design/Build?
Design/Build, or design and installation, is the complete installation process of customized landscaping designs from concept to finished product.

Who does Sylvan work for?
We are a complete landscaping services company. Our clients range from single-family home owners to entire neighborhoods and commercial clientele.

What is sustainable landscaping?
Sustainable landscapes are naturally suited to the local climate and can positively impact the environment. We are a Phipps Certified Sustainable installer.

Is Sylvan Gardens licensed?
We are fully licensed and insured. We carry full liability coverage and meet all state and local requirements for a licensed contracting company.

How will landscaping add to my home's value?
A vibrant landscape can significantly add to a home’s value, adding curb appeal & long-term value to owners who prize a well-maintained property.

Do you use harsh chemical pesticides & fertilizers?
We strive to design naturalized, low-impact plantings. However, some chemical products can be necessary, especially in commercial or high-traffic settings.

Do I need a landscape drawing?
Depending on the scope of your project, a landscape design can help you to visualize your finished product and its effect on your home or office.

Is there a consultation fee?
Consultations are free. We’ll come to your property and discuss your plans free of charge, giving you a chance to meet us and understand our process.

Do you install low-maintenance landscapes?
Yes. We can specifically outfit your property with plants or hardscape elements that are suited to the Pittsburgh climate & naturally require minimal care.

Can you finish my project in phases?
Bigger installations can get expensive. We’ll work with you to implement your design plans in phases to help spread out the cost.

What is hardscaping?
Hardscaping refers to non-plant-based landscape design elements, including retaining walls, patios, driveways & sidewalks and other durable landscapes.

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