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About Us

Who We Are

Green, holistic, and ecologically responsible design — these are the values behind Gardenalia. We are landscape designers, landscape architects, gardeners, and skilled artisans who have been creating inspired outdoor spaces since 2002.

A Team of Experts

Gardenalia’s fine (organic) gardening and landscaping teams work directly with skilled artisans, including carpenters and masons, metal workers, and artists. Also, every aspect of your landscape is implemented from the ground up and is backed by our many years of expertise and precision. Overall our collaborative build and installation style guarantees that the original vision shines through in the final product. When you hire Gardenalia you can rest assured that the details of your garden planning will be seamlessly executed, including installation.

Gardenalia's Evolution

Gardenalia began in 2002 as an urban garden boutique and was at the forefront of the eco trend in gardening. Most noteworthy, was that Gardenalia was the first and only store of its kind in Pittsburgh’s East End. From the beginning, Gardenalia emphasized container gardening, garden design, natural decorating, and organic gardening and we have grown from there!

As a result, our focus has evolved from offering premium garden supplies in a brick-and-mortar store to creating sustainable outdoor living spaces throughout the Pittsburgh area. Hence, we left our squeaky-clean storefront to get our hands dirty — quite literally.

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Why Gardenalia?

Respectful from Start to Finish

Respect for our ecosystems and customers is key to everything we do at Gardenalia. During the build process, respect for your family, property, and surrounding neighborhood is just as important. Rest assured that every member of our team embodies the best qualities of professionalism and expertise. We only work with individuals who we know and trust. Our team will leave your home or business better than we found it in every way possible.

What Sets Us Apart

Design, Build, Thrive

Gardenalia delivers all the services necessary to design, plant, and build your outdoor space. Our mission of beauty and sustainability carries through from the seed of an idea to your garden’s full bloom. We are a team of master gardeners and horticulturists who do more than installing and pruning. We implement a vision to ensure its brilliance year after year.

What We Do

Overall, Gardenalia provides a genuinely holistic garden experience and we achieve this through full-spectrum garden design and implementation. Since gardens are living, breathing ecosystems that are designed to thrive, we cater to every detail. As a result, we make sure that the final product is a garden that not only delights you but becomes the flourishing sanctuary of your dreams.

An Artistic,Interactive Approach

We always begin with consulting and strategic planning to ensure that your vision helps drive the creative process behind your project. After that, Gardenalia incorporates a broad range of design expertise and resources, including outdoor lighting, hardscaping, storm water management, sustainability evaluation, native & edible species gardening, and more. Furthermore, we draw on this incredible pool of talent to make our shared vision a reality.

Horticulture & Eco-Stewardship

Once a plan is in place, the next step is to source for the best plants, trees and design elements for your unique space. After that, we install, plant, and implement every feature that’s respectful to your property, neighborhood, and surrounding ecosystem. Additionally, once projects are complete, we act as an ongoing resource, giving you access to education and support to help you get the most from your garden — year after year.

 

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Our Mission

Beautiful and Sustainable

Gardenalia’s mission is to perform services that build and contribute to sustainable systems in our natural environments and communities. With our ecological and organic approach, we have consistently gardened, taught gardening, and designed gardens with a dedication to supporting the natural systems in our soil and the plants we grow for beauty and food.

We strive to create inspired spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing but improve local ecosystems and the lives of those who experience them. By engaging our clients in the planning, creation, and care of their gardens, we hope to spread a genuine love for gardening. In this way, we endeavor to cultivate an awareness of eco-stewardship, an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of empowerment to engage with our ecosystems.

 
 
 
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Genuinely Holistic & Wholly Green

Sustainability

Genuinely Holistic & Wholly Green

Gardenalia creates thriving outdoor spaces through careful consideration of every element. Our expertise lies in design and choosing the right plant for the right place. We design and install sustainable landscapes and gardens, while always advocating for the responsible use of land and natural resources in our landscapes and horticultural practices.

Biological systems are naturally sustainable.

Healthy Ecosystems naturally endure. By embracing and reinforcing natural life-sustaining processes, we can create lasting vibrant landscapes. For this reason, best horticultural practices inform everything that we do. Our big-picture approach to sustainability relies on making wise choices: selecting symbiotic plants, managing gardens organically, utilizing green roofs & rain gardens, and integrating responsible pest management and irrigation plans. Our gardens are designed and implemented around these considerations, making sustainability an integral aspect of our landscapes.

 

Specific ways we support the vitality of living systems in nature:

  • Soil Ecology – We recommend a soil test to determine its underlying condition, including pH and macronutrients. We amend soils with conditioners such as compost or leaf mulch to support a happy environment for the microbes and worms as well as promoting good tilth or structure. No synthetic water soluble fertilizers used here!

  • Natural Pest Avoidance – When plants thrive, opportunities for pest invasions are dramatically reduced. Diverse planting plans that include trees, shrubs, and perennials provide natural habitats for birds and predator insects, who in turn take care of the pest insects. In a pinch, we can introduce predators such as ladybugs to feast on aphids. It works — naturally!

  • Healthy Root Systems – Planting techniques are vital! All of our gardeners are trained according to the best horticultural practices. We water to encourage deep root growth so that plants can ultimately withstand occasional droughts.

  • Smart Mulching – Besides looking good and keeping weeds down, mulch helps regulate the surface temperature of the soil. It’s one way we reduce evapotranspiration (the loss of water from soil and plants through evaporation and transpiration).

  • Green Solutions – We apply natural fertilizers like compost, fish emulsion, and seaweed for a seasonal boost and use a variety of natural solutions for pest problems. We use a holistic approach that considers the fundamental relationships and target the pest.

  • Responsible Weed Control – We use the pre-emergent herbicide corn gluten, as well as newspaper mulching, to naturally control weeds.

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