Connelly Lawn and Garden, Inc., was founded by Berks County native Thomas Connelly in 1990. Tom’s first professional experience in the green industy was working as a greens keeper at the Berkshire Country Club in Greenfields, PA. From there, Tom began working summers for a Pittsburgh area landscape firm while studying business at the University of Pittsburgh. His passion for the outdoors grew, along with a desire to manage his own business and direct his own destiny. Starting with only thirty customers his first year, Tom and his management team now oversee a staff of over twenty turf specialists, hardscapers, and maintenance crews, and serve hundreds of clients in Western Berks County and surrounding communities.
Recent additions to our management team has allowed for greater specialization and growth in individual landscape areas. Our mission is to offer superior outdoor living services to the Berks County community, be good environmental stewards, and provide a positive work environment for our employees. We recently celebrated our second year awarded “Best Landscape Company” by the readers of Berks County Living Magazine. We look forward to serving the Berks County Community for many more years to come!
Meet the team!
Tom Connelly, a Berks County native and Wilson High School graduate, acquired his first experience in the green industry as a member of the golf course grounds crew at the Berkshire Country Club. Then for the next four years he worked his way through the University of Pittsburgh by working part time and summers with a Pittsburgh area lawn and landscaping firm. Upon graduation, Tom purchased a truck, two lawn mowers and began building his dream.
Tom is a Certified Arborist and member of the International Society of Arborists, Tom is also a State Certified Pesticide Applicator. He continues his education through classes hosted by Penn State, Longwood Gardens, and the Morris Arboretum.
When Tom isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family; wife Linda, three children; Olivia, Sarah and Will and three dogs. His interests include hunting and the shooting sports, kayaking on our local lakes and rivers, and exploring the local history and culture of Berks County and the surrounding region.
Chris Savage, Designer (specializing in 3D visualizations), Certified Installer, Certified Contractor
Chris Savage brings a wealth of experience to Connelly Lawn & Garden, with over twenty-seven years in the landscape industry as both a designer and installer. Chris brings a vast array of specialized creative skills and certifications, as well a degree in Commercial Art and Graphic Design from Millersville University. A Holy Name graduate, Chris has been a well respected fixture in the Berks County landscaping arena.
Chris is known for his “outside the box” designs, attention to detail, and his 3D design visualizations and renderings. Chris has studied extensively at the renowned Longwood Gardens in Kennett Sqaure, PA. He is an ICPI Certified Installer, NCMA Certified Installer, Techniseal Certified Installer, Techo Pro Contractor, and Cambridge Certified Contractor. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing golf, traveling, aerial photography/videography, and spending time with his family.
Brett Morris, Project Manager (Certified Landscape Technician, Certified Installer)
Brett Morris, our Landscape Project Manager, is an Ohio native, and brings eighteen years of landscape experience to Connelly Lawn & Garden. Brett’s passion for the industry began at the age of seventeen during a summer job working for a landscape installation business in Defiance, Ohio. Brett went on to study Turfgrass and Horticulture Management at Owens College in Toledo, followed by an internship position with TruGreen Lawn Care, in Washington, DC.
Brett holds many industry certifications including Certified Landscape Technician, Certified Pennsylvania State Applicator, and ICPI certification in hardscape installation. Brett serves as supervisor to our maintenance and planting teams, and is the point of contact for many of our residential and commercial accounts.
Brett enjoys the ever changing dynamics and challenges of the landscape industry, as well as the opportunity to use his skills and experience creatively. Brett in particular enjoys the artistry and design of landscape lighting, as well as creating and implementing customized property management plans for our clients.
Brett and his wife Jennifer, a Fleetwood School District teacher, are proud parents to three young daughters, including a set of twin girls. Brett spends his leisure time with his family, playing sports, working out at the local gym, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mark McAllister, Turf Manager (State Licensed Certified Pesticide Applicator)
Mark McAllister serves as Turf Manager for Connelly Lawn and Garden, managing multiple mowing crews, maintaining high quality control, and acting as point of contact for all lawn clients.
In addition to overseeing almost one hundred and twenty-five residential and commercial properties, Mark develops and implements plans for the successful maintenance of many athletic fields and grounds. Mark also handles all fertilizer and pesticide applications, develops programs tailored to each client’s unique needs, and diagnoses and corrects various turf insect, disease, and fertility issues.
As a Wyomissing High school graduate, Mark has deep roots in Berks County and a strong connection to our service area and the families who reside here.
Mark studied Business Management at Penn State and is Certified Pesticide Applicator. He continually updates his turf grass knowledge through the Penn State Extension, and other professional organizations.
Mark enjoys the mobility of his job and the opportunity to interact with our clients to help them problem solve, maintain, and improve their properties.
Mark and his wife Jessica, an interior designer, have two children. Mark enjoys spending his time at concerts and sporting events, and is avid outdoorsman.