Starting Stories: Leslie Thompson

This series is dedicated to bringing in unique and compelling stories of how different folks found their way to this unique industry.

A big thank you to Leslie for giving us permission to share her story. Join the Facebook Group to add to the discussion!

“It all started when I was about 5 yrs old during a walk with my mother through the fresh spring forest. I saw a newly sprouting Trillium sticking through an old  Maple leaf, from the fall before. 

I was so amazed and in awe of how this young little sprout could have the strength and tenacity to find its way through this old dead leaf and to reach for the sunlight. 

My mother was an avid gardener so I spent much of my youth in the garden.

When I turned 18,  I decided I would go to McGill University to study plant science and renewable resources, with a minor in land planning.

Being an adventure seeker, after graduation, 1982 I ended up in South Africa for a year where I worked as a landscape designer and project manager at Sun City, a large and expanding recreational resort. It seems like another lifetime ago!

When I came back to Montreal I started working with designing and selling interior landscapes and maintenance services.

Back in the 80’s it was a booming business. Artificial plants with no maintenance was a trend in the 90’s, but thankfully we are back on the natural biophilic plant trend again.

Part of this trend led us to develop our green wall division. Wow, what a blast to see it still going strong.

We also introduced a  preserved moss walls as a trendy lower cost option to living green walls.

a series of 6 moss wall art panels that when assembled form the image of a leaf.

I love my work and my constant connection to nature. As I design plant layouts and moss wall patterns, I still think back to my walk with my mother. The beautiful soft mossy forest floor, and that amazing little trillium sprout.

I thank my lucky stars everyday I am in a thriving, creative and everlasting industry.  I am very grateful for all the experiences along the way. “

Allison is a budding plant person looking to share what she learns from horticulture and interiorscaping subject matter experts. When she is not researching new plants to add to her growing collection, she enjoys going on motorcycle rides and watching road-trip movies.

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