Originally hailing from Bristol, Anna is an integral member of the full-time Gardening Team at Highgrove Gardens. Despite initially pursuing a career in chemistry and completing a Master’s Degree from The University of Sheffield during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna’s passion for gardening took precedence.
“I always associated gardening with my grandparents; they’ve always had beautiful gardens, and I have lots of childhood memories from being there,” says Anna.
“I didn’t actually do any gardening myself (unless you count spotting wildlife in ponds or harvesting a handful of tomatoes) until my early 20s, when I worked for a local garden maintenance company, and I’ve loved gardening ever since,” she says.
She then founded her own garden maintenance business, Queen of Spades Garden Care, where she could channel her enthusiasm for horticulture.
“I love being outdoors in the fresh air, and gardening helped get me through lockdown,” explains Anna.
Anna embarked on The RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture to enhance her skills in the field while simultaneously managing her business. This comprehensive program gave Anna an in-depth understanding of various horticultural practices, including safety protocols and sustainable principles, which she has since applied in her work.
Fast forward to September 2022, and Anna was taken on as a contractor at Highgrove Gardens, working two days a week while still running her maintenance business.
“After experiencing what life was like working as a gardener at Highgrove and getting to know the team, I wanted to be part of it,” says Anna.
She then applied for a full-time position at Highgrove and has worked here for 11 months.