About Phyllis

Image of Phyllis Gricus at the Villa Cimbrone Garden Ravello Italy on Almafi Coast

Phyllis at Villa Cimbrone Garden in Ravello on the Almafi Coast, Italy.

Phyllis Gricus is the principal of Landscape Design Studio, LLC, in Pittsburgh, PA, A firm dedicated to creating imaginative landscapes that benefit the environment. Their collaborative process will help you transform your landscape into a garden environment for healthy living and inspiration.

After completing the Phipps Master Gardener Program, she continued her education as a student of the Landscape Design and Horticulture Program at Allegheny Community College, South Campus. Pursuing her passion for great landscape design she regularly attends educational forums to expand both her horticultural and landscape construction knowledge.

Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset' in sunny Rock Garden designed by Phyllis Gricus

Agastache rupestris ‘Apache Sunset’ in sunny rock garden designed by Phyllis Gricus

Phyllis’s devotion to professionalism has led her to membership with GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. She is a regular contributor to Housetrends Magazine, Landscape Trends column and freelances for other garden related publications and blogs.

She has also served as Consulting Horticultural Director to Kentuck Knob; a residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Phyllis is an active volunteer with the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and has served on the Communications and Plant Sale Committees for the benefit of fundraising and growing the garden.

Do you want to talk gardens? Phyllis is available to speak to the following audiences:

Birding Enthusiasts;Environmental Groups;Garden Clubs;Homeowner Associations;Horticultural Societies;Master Gardeners;Senior Groups;

Her speaking topics include:

  • Garden for a Rainy Day: how to create a beautiful & environmentally beneficial rain garden
  • Container Gardening: Flowers, Fruit, & Vegetables
  • Gardening for the Birds
  • Trees; What are they good for? Absolutely Everything!
  • Enable: to create an opportunity to do! Adaptive Gardening Methods
  • Design Like a Pro: or how NOT to landscape your yard
  • Rethinking Putting Your Garden to Bed