I was raised in an Italian-American family whose members branched out along the Great Lakes from Ashtabula, Ohio, a small town on Lake Erie. My grandmother planted old-fashioned portulacas on (what else?) her back porch, and my great-uncle had a lush vegetable garden brimming with tomatoes, Swiss chard, and hot peppers. 

Informed by my work as a professional artist and educator, I am an experienced gardener who has worked as a plant records manager, and published writings on art and horticulture. I am currently completing the Certificate in Sustainable Garden Design at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.

I design, plant, and maintain gardens that add harmonious color, texture, and fragrance to a home, apartment terrace, residential, or commercial property. Painterly Gardens also offers appealing plantings to enhance a home or apartment that is on the market. 

Painterly Gardens works with our clients to design a garden that encompasses their vision, emphasizing successive seasonal interest, native plants wherever possible to attract pollinators, and proper care of the soil. 

Envisioning, cultivating, and caring for gardens brings enduring pleasure, sustenance and friendship, as well as the opportunity to reconnect to our histories and to appreciate our everyday surroundings more deeply. 


Rebecca Allan, Artist + Horticulturist


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Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Wild Buttercup, 2004, watercolor on paper


Portrait photo: Michael Young