Piante’s (“Piante” means plants in Italian) main goal is to create a plant-driven and well-designed interior and exterior spaces for both residential and commercial clients, in order to promote a happy and healthy living and working environment. Be it garden design or interior plantscaping, we do our best to create a perfect harmony between form and function. We believe a beautifully designed space should also be a dynamic, useful and interactive one.
Our beautiful retail shop on 141 Lincoln Ave in Winter Park showcases a wide range of looks and moods achieved through our carefully and tastefully curated range of botanical products. It is our aim to source our plant materials from local growers and vendors, as well as unique and artisanal quality merchandise from places far and wide.
Fledge, our home goods shop, is located on 129 W Fairbanks Ave. It’s a cozy shop with a fun selection of home decor and goods for “fledglings“ and empty nesters alike to add a personal stamp to make their home more cosy and comforting.
Gary Li BSc, MSc, PgDip
Creative Director + Garden Designer
Working with flowers and plants has always been a lifelong dream for Gary. After obtaining his B.Sc in Horticultural Science and M.Sc in Crop Science from the University of Guelph, Gary went on to successfully pass the CAFA (Canadian Academy of Floral Arts) and AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) exams. In addition, Gary had also taken short floral design training classes in Lyons, France and Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. In 2016, Gary completed his post-grad diploma in Garden Design with distinction from the Inchbald School of Design in London, UK.
In 1997, Gary launched Convallaria Floral Design in Toronto. He has successfully created a brand around his superb design ability, thus establishing himself not only as a well sought after floral designer amongst his clients, but also within the floral industry. His strong design ability as well as his indepth knowledge of indoor and outdoor plants, have given him the opportunity to grow the garden design aspect of the business. Convallaria Floral Design was rebranded to inTuin Design (tuin means garden in Dutch) in 2015 to focus on garden design & events.
Enticed by the prospect of designing and planting gardens during the winter months, Gary has decided to expand his business to the warmer south and launched his new botanical goods boutique and garden design studio - Piante - in Winter Park, Florida in November 2017.
Retail Team Lead + Plants Buyer
Emily comes to us from the for profit sector of higher education. After spending nearly 10 years in a corporate office environment, it was time for a change.
She has a passion for all living things, plant and animal, so please bring your furry friends by the shop to meet her!
She also loves organizing our workshop events. Her personal design taste is mid century modern with a touch of bohemian.
Retail Team Member
After a short career in politics and hotel sales, Sue focused on raising her family of three children, volunteering in community, school and church events.
She has always had a love of floral and garden design as well as photography and travel. Raised in New England, she grew up with a real appreciation for the outdoors and nature. Sue recently moved to Winter Park from Southern California and is excited to join the Piante team and dive into the botanical world.
When Sue is not at the shop, you can find her on the tennis court or running half marathons with friends.
Landscape Designer + Projects Coordinator
Jess is a graduate from the University of Georgia and has her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. She has 6+ years experience in the landscape architecture profession with a keen eye for design and love for all things planting, sustainability, and conservation. She is excited to join the garden design team to help grow both the residential and commercial portfolios.
When she isn't designing, she loves to lift weights, walk her dog, paint/ draw/ anything crafty, and hang out with friends.
She may not have a green thumb (yet!), so you'll find Lisa in the Piante office nurturing paperwork, propogating emails and pruning graphics. Being a lover of details, problem solving, and organization, Lisa is grateful to use her years of event management skills to support the Piante office & fellow team members.
When Lisa isn't enjoying the Instagram worthy surroundings of her office, you can find her in her natural motherhood habitat, cultivating life with her husband & kids or delighting in Orlando's delectable foodie world with friends.
Addison comes from an arts background as a singer, writer, and painter. In the past, she has worked as a zoo and theatre educator. Creating workshops for Piante and Fledge combines her passion for design and education and lets her connect with plant lovers of all ages.
Addison is currently working to complete her MBA at Crummer Graduate School of Business. She is focused on social entrepreneurship & sustainable development in the Winter Park community and abroad.
In her time off, you can find her exploring the Orlando food scene and enjoying the Florida sun during frequent walks and swims.