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As a graduate horticulturist with years of experience, Gary Alan’s quality work has brought outstanding recognition in the field of horticulture. When considering a path at the beginning of his career Gary knew that his desire to work outdoors would narrow his career choices. He learned that the University of Florida had a program offering a Major in Ornamental Horticulture. With that, his goal was set!
In 1979, just one term before graduating, Walt Disney World recruited some students to their Tree Farm Nursery in preparation of the EPCOT project soon to begin. Gary was selected to be part of this team.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture, it was back to Disney World to begin his career.
After several years of valuable experience at Disney World, Gary realized that his true desire was to practice the design aspect of landscaping.
Soon after returning to his home town of Jacksonville, Florida, he started a design company which grew to encompass installation, irrigation and maintenance. He began filming his projects and caught the eye of the then beginning Home and Garden TV network, and with that “The Designers Landscape” show was born. At it’s peak, it was seen on HGTV and PBS stations around the US and in syndication around the world.
Gary continues to run his landscaping business in Jacksonville, as well as filming new episodes of shows for distribution here on the web! He welcomes your comments and tries to answer as many questions as possible.