Dirt Landscaping Collective is a women owned and operated ecological and chemical free landscaping business.

 

We are passionate about native plants and creating garden spaces that you and all the living things in your garden ecosystem can benefit from. 

 

The Women of Dirt

Portraits by Dirt Landscaping Collective

Jen Lazzaro and Fin
Founder, Owner, Operator

For Jen; gardening became second nature to her after growing up with several acres of vegetable gardens and fruit trees in her backyard.  Inspired by the gardens of her grandparents, Italian immigrants who carved out and cared for their own patches of soil, she was determined to carry on that passion for growing.  Emboldened by her family’s agricultural background, Jen’s personal journey began caretaking for a small plot in a burgeoning community garden in 1998, growing and cultivating her grandfather’s saved seeds.  From there, Jen immersed herself with opportunities to grow and learn, honing her craft from organic farms in the high deserts of New Mexico, to a specialty hellebore nursery in southern Appalachia. While travelling for many years, one thing remained constant; there was a thriving garden that followed every place she had lived or stayed.

Jen returned to Pittsburgh in 2010, looking to combine her hands-on experience with more traditional forms of education.  In 2011, she completed her Permaculture Design Certification through Phipps Conservatory; in 2013 she became a certified Master Gardener, which is when she began pursuing more individualized and stylized landscaping and gardening work. In 2014 Dirt Landscape Collective’s inaugural year, Jen began to actualize her dreams and vision! She is still growing her grandfather’s tomato seeds! In her spare time, Jen enjoys the pursuits of nature, birding, boating and camping!

Claire Ward
Founder, Owner, Operator

Claire comes to dirt as a steward of nature, with a strong work ethic, and a passion for the outdoors. Claire started working as a landscaper five years ago and has become very dedicated to the field ever since. One of her many titles at Dirt is accountant extraordinaire. Before Claire came to Dirt she worked for Three Rivers Rowing Association as a kayak instructor, programmer, and fundraiser. While not hustling on the job site Claire is off adventuring and spending time with her dog Elfie out in the woods or on the river.

Meg Graham
Owner, Operator

Meg comes to Dirt Landscaping with a great passion for growing and maintaining plants. From a young age her mother a former high school teacher and ecologist instilled in her a deep respect and awe for the natural world. Today she finds her gardening theory and technique rely fully on the idea that “nature has already figured it out” or to quote Jeff Goldbloom’s character in Jurassic Park “Nature always finds a way” so why not rely on her to help you problem solve in the garden and in design. Her passion runs deep with many experiences in the plant world from working on a biodynamic sprout farm, to maintaining conservatory collections, to growing harvesting and making flower bouquets for market. Meg’s work experience has brought her to be employed at multiple farms, at The High Line Park In Manhattan for two years as a seasonal gardener, and as a horticulture intern at Wavehill Garden in the Bronx. Upon returning to Pittsburgh Meg collaboratively started two urban farms and one rural farm, one vegetable and the other medicinal and culinary herbs and cut flowers. Currently enjoying being a part of the Dirt team Meg is also pursuing her landscape and sustainable landscape design certificates form Phipps Conservatory. Besides imagining and drawing garden designs for clients Meg is interested in botanizing with native plants, herbal medicine, insects, permaculture, water conservation, conserving her Garfield neighborhood Greenway, cooking, world music, painting, and practicing and teaching yoga.

 

 

Associates & Staff

Rebecca Plum
Part Time Owner, Operator

 

Maddie
Part Time Operator

Ken
Part Time Operator

 

 

Jobs


Dirt is not hiring at this time. We are always looking for artists, designers, and other like minded businesses to partner with. 

Thank You!