40 years of experience!

Bob Donnan worked at plant nurseries for several years before attending the Ornamental Nursery Industry program at Penn State. Following graduation, he started his own landscape contacting business where he served clients for 35 seasons. He continues his work here sharing a wide range of landscaping information.

colorful fall day

Landscape contracting services included new landscaping and renovations, lawn improvement, professional trimming, mulching, and several home maintenance services. Following retirement from active landscaping work, Bob's new focus was sharing his knowledge and landscaping experience with homeowners, gardeners and other professionals on this 500+ page web site. history

To share his landscaping knowledge and experience, Bob created in 1998.  Fresh website content, including tree, shrub and flower images, have kept visitors coming back for more as new features and horticultural information were added on a regular basis.

About the Webmaster

1973 - Bob started a nursery growing ornamental trees and shrubs. 

1975 - Bob began working at a commercial nursery, learning the proper methods for transplanting large trees and shrubs.

1977 - With a desire for more knowledge in horticulture, Bob enrolled in the Ornamental Nursery Industry program at the main campus of Penn State. He graduated "With Distinction" and received the Pennsylvania Nurserymen's Association Scholarship in 1979. Courses of study included landscape design, plant culture, turfgrass management, and tree maintenance, as well as many other classes in horticulture, plant pathology, entomology and agronomy.

Penn State Main Campus

1979 - Upon graduation from the university, with six years of prior hands-on experience, Bob started a landscaping business in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania originally known as "Landscape Services."  The business has been growing steadily ever since, and the company name was expanded to Donnan Landscape Services.

1998 - In order to promote Donnan Landscape Services, as well as share his experience and college education with budding gardeners and landscapers, Bob launched the website. now reflects 18 years of dedicated and ongoing work.

2013 - After completing 35 seasons as a landscape contractor, Bob retired from landscape contracting to spend more time on this website, as well as more photography and video work.

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In the Local Community

Bob has been active in the Peters Township community since 1980. This active participation has involved redesigning plantings on township traffic islands, the donation of trees for community parks, and several winters teaching landscaping classes for the township's adult education program. He's also been a familiar face at township council meetings when key issues appear on the agenda.

Comments from former clients

June 30, 2008
"I know I already thanked you for the work you did in our garden....but Stan and I just wanted to comment also on how much we are enjoying the finished product! What a pleasure it is to see each shrub and tree showcased because of the way you opened things up and trimmed so professionally. We are truly proud of the job you did for us.
THANK YOU sincerely - Stan & Julie S.

September 2, 2007
"Not only do you do good work, you do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. This is refreshing because so many take their money and run. We are going to have you back and we will recommend you to our friends. Thanks!"
Mr. R. D.

August 23, 2006
"Bob - Everything looks fantastic. I am so pleased with it. You really do excellent work. Thank you!

Mrs. C.M.

"We've dealt with Donnan Landscape Services for 10 years. Bob worked with us to develop and implement, in stages, a landscape design. He knows what he does well. Superb follow-up and attention to detail."
Mr. C. T.

"Excellent work, reasonable prices, and a commitment to getting it right!"
Mr. L. I.

"The quality of the plants and the level of service gave real value and beauty to our landscaping efforts."
Mr. D. F.


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