Gary - Owner / 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.  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 (means plants in Italian) - in Winter Park, FL in November 2017.  



Piante's main goal is to create a plant driven and well designed interior and exterior spaces for both residential and commercial clients to promote a happy and healthy living and working environment.   Our tasteful storefront also showcases the range of "looks" and moods we can achieve through our curated list of botanical products.  It is our aim to source all our plant materials from local growers and vendors as well as unique and artisanal quality products from places near and far.