4 December 2015
Allan Goddard. Landscaping: Career Conflicts
Allan Goddard’s lecture summary
Academic learning and practical experience in horticulture, natural sciences, and landscape design have helped develop my appreciation for much of the beauty in this world which complements so much of our lives. I have created English country gardens, woodland trails, ponds, streams and waterfalls, and gardens of wonder at museums. And I’ve created marshes, woodlands, alvars and meadows. But all of this at what cost? What principles and values were bent? How does one keep one’s ethics intact with careers in conflict?
Alan Goddard’s bio.
Allan Goddard was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and spent many of his boyhood summer days at granny’s cottage near Magog in the Eastern Townships, where he picked spring daffodils, listened to the bees in the apple blossoms, and dug carrots from the garden. He spent seven college and university summers working with the City of Westmount’s Parks and recreation department, where he was selected to be an assistant to the head gardener with the floral clock installation and maintenance. A CEGEP diploma in Pure and Applied Science, a diploma in Park Management from the University of Guelph, and his Degree in Natural Science from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay completed his academic accomplishments. After a handful of differing biological contracts in Ontario, and two years as a landscape manager in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he settled in Almonte to start Almonte Landscape Services in 1989, and has operated it since.