Tel Hai Retirement Community


A National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) award-winning project. Tel Hai—meaning the ‘Hill of Life’ in Hebrew—is a nonprofit retirement community located in the Amish countryside of Chester County, Pennsylvania. It has expanded over six decades to offer distinctive accommodations, dynamic amenities, and the full continuum of aging services. The scenic 124-acre campus was designed to be the perfect place to enjoy an active, independent retirement, consisting of seven apartment buildings and 183 townhomes/cottages; a community center and administrative offices; chapel; three care centers; four miles of wooded and open walking paths; multiple courtyards and gazebos; an outdoor amphitheater; tennis, pickleball and bocce courts; a resident garden, and more. A variety of landscape features provide year-round visual interest for residents, blending a harmony of aesthetics, functionality and peaceful respite.

Project Scope

Ruppert’s scope of work includes the maintenance of 44 acres of turf; 1500+ trees; 6500 perennials and grasses; 8000 shrubs; and 650+ cubic yards of mulch, as well as integrated pest management.