A Note From Allan

Welcome to my blog. Gardeners love to share plants and experiences. Please join me as I write about gardening and design, some of the gardening books I've reviewed, and tips collected over time.

The Garden Guru designs and plants flower gardens in Montreal, Canada, [USDA Zone 4 or CNDN Zone 5] lectures on design, and offers a garden coach service. An occasional emailed question is welcome and answered free of charge.

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Allan Becker has been designing and planting perennial flower gardens, since he was a teenager, in the 1960’s. Retired from the soft goods industry, he has worked in design, styling, market research, product development, and marketing for home furnishings and apparel.

Now he has turned his passion for gardening into a second career, as a designer, consultant, and garden coach, for clients in Montreal, Canada.

In spring and summer, he supervises his assistants, mostly college students, who transform his designs into flower gardens. In winter, he lectures at garden clubs, researches new plants for the following season, writes articles to present to a Writers' Circle, reviews books on garden-related topics for <Bookpleasures.com> and writes a gardening blog <allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com>.

After earning a B.A. from McGill University, Allan continued his studies with courses in Design, in the Fine Arts Department, at Sir George Williams College [now Concordia University]. He and his wife, Hessa, an adult educator, live in the Montreal suburb of Cote St Luc, and travel regularly to Toronto and Boston to visit their children and grandchildren.