At Burkholder, our plant specialists’ focus is client-centered. Our processes, training, and management team all share a common goal; to exceed the expectations of our clients year after year.

About Our Team of Plant Specialists

We treat your plants and trees as if they were our own

At Burkholder Plant Health Care, our plant specialists are educated, trained, experienced, and certified to manage all insect and disease pests, soil chemistry, and plant physiological problems to deliver genuine, lasting results. Our program emphasizes proper diagnosis and precise treatment, and we use state-of-the-art, research-backed methods and equipment. Our objective is to maintain a close relationship of open and reliable communication with all clients, building partnerships that will promote the development of beautiful, long-lasting, healthy landscapes. From spot treatments to comprehensive, whole-property management. Burkholder Plant Health Care has the resources to deliver the attention to detail and professional care that your landscape, large or small, deserves.

Get to Know Burkholder’s Team of Plant Health Care Specialists in Your Area

Burkholder has a long history and a bright future in the area.  Meet the faces of Burkholder Plant Health Care

  • Barry considers himself lucky because he truly loves what he does for a living.

    When he started the business, he would work alongside the crews all day. Nights were spent designing and selling projects. It was very rewarding for Barry to transform his client’s landscapes and outdoor spaces.

    Fast forward almost 30 years, and although he is no longer intricately involved with every aspect of the projects Burkholder builds, he is still passionate about landscape design and the spaces created.

    Over the years, as Burkholder Landscaping has evolved, so has Barry. He has gained a love for business and the green industry as a whole. Barry is consistently working to improve his business and management skills. As a leader, it is very rewarding for Barry to have built a team that is dedicated to exceeding client’s expectations. He finds it personally satisfying when a team member achieves his or her goals, both at work and on an individual level.

    Outside of work, whether on a boat or on two wheels, Barry’s life is usually on the go.

    He enjoys the outdoors, staying fit, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

    In all his endeavors Barry usually discovers something that will improve himself or influence some aspect of what Burkholder Landscape offers. From a simple conversation with a friend to a unique plant combination or paving pattern on a roadway, it does not take much to inspire his creativity.

  • Starker was named after A. Starker Leopold, a forester and conservationist in the mid-20th century, establishing the inevitable course of his career. Starker graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in Agroecology, while serving for 8 years as the field coordinator of the University of Massachusetts Tree Fruit Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. From 2001-2013, Starker worked for the Insect Behavior and Ecology Program at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station with USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developing and testing biologically based management techniques for key native and invasive pests of tree fruit. As a field scientist, he has authored and co-authored over 80 research and extension publications, focusing on integration of biological, cultural, and chemical management of tree health. From 2018-2021, Starker worked with Bartlett Tree Experts in Dublin, Pennsylvania, beginning as a Plant Health Care Specialist and progressing to Arborist Representative and Local Office Manager. He also served as a Military Intelligence Officer for the US Army and Army National Guard from 1991-2004. Starker has worked in plant health care and pest management for more than 25 years, and his customer service philosophy is “Exceed the standard. Every customer deserves your best.” Starker is an avid outdoorsman and lives in Bucks County, PA with his two daughters.

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Bala Cynwyd
Bryn Mawr
Chadds Ford
Chester Springs
Garnet Valley
Glen Mills
Newtown Square
St. Davids
West Chester
Wilmington, DE


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Deer Damage
Mosquitos and Ticks
Plant Insects
Plant Diseases
Unhealthy Plants

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359 Paoli Pike
Suite 1
Malvern, PA 19355

Monday - Friday: 7 - 5

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