The Pathways to Perennials Team
Co-owner of Pathways to Perennials, a complete landscape design/construct firm since 1980, is an International garden speaker, an ecological gardener and a passionate teacher. Lorraine’s focus is on how family lifestyle, nature and ecology come together in a garden environment. She and the Pathways team create outdoor rooms that are natural extensions of indoor living – where there’s something to do outdoors, in every season, for every age.
Lorraine has made numerous television and radio guest appearances and is a garden expert for television’s The Weather Network. A talented writer, Lorraine also published her first book in 2006, Garden Great Rooms: Extending Your Living Space Outdoors (with the forward written by Mark Cullen).
Co-owner, custom carpenter, and proud papa (grandfather of three beautiful grandchildren Austin (6), Morgan (4) and Olivia (2)), Armand is an invaluable member of the Pathways to Perennials team. Constantly busy ensuring that things run smoothly, Armand makes sure that everyone has what they need and that the end results of projects are extraordinary. He spares nothing when it comes to doing things effectively and efficiently. Honest, hard working, talented, supportive and loyal, Armand values time spent with his family, pool days and mowing the lawn.
Nick Mennen is the Senior Landscape Designer at Pathways to Perennials. Born and raised in King Township, Nick was creative from the beginning. After having built his first walkway in the sand before the age of seven, he was destined to become a landscaper. As the son of Armand and Lorraine, Nick has been on job sites full time in the summer since the age of twelve. After graduating from the Horticultural program at Humber College, Nick took to joining the family business full tilt with a true passion for landscaping and improving people's outdoor living. Nick, an award winning landscape designer at Pathways leads his team in bringing his designs to fruition. Hard working and witty, he has a true passion for life.
Angie (Mennen) Allen
Angie Mennen Allen is the General Manager of Pathways to Perennials. As the daughter of Armand and Lorraine, Angie has been working in the gardens and the retail centre as long as she can remember. Upon graduation from Wilfred Laurier University's Honours Business Administration program, Angie joined the family business full time. Her degree in business studies with a focus on Human Resources is an invaluable asset to the company, helping us to work smarter and more efficiently. She ran the Boutique Garden Centre for many years and is now shifting her focus to landscape design construction and garden renovations to work alongside her brother Nick. She will continue to help bring people and plants together while spreading her infectious knowledge of drought tolerant perennials and natural insect controls with anyone who will listen. Watch out for Angie on The Weather Network's Garden Expert segments.