Anna Greenland is at the heart of the organic growing movement. For over a decade, she has followed her passion, growing the highest quality organic food for star chefs Raymond Blanc, Tom Aikens and Jamie Oliver. As Head Gardener at Soho Farmhouse, Anna created the vegetable, fruit and herb gardens from scratch. She also designed the first vegetable garden at Kew Gardens in recent times, appearing in the TV show Kew on a Plate and contributing garden content to the accompanying book.
Anna’s horticultural journey started whilst she was still a model, seeking a more rural life. A move to Cornwall saw her working in the iconic Vegetable Garden at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and supplying her own organic produce to Jamie's Fifteen Cornwall. She pursued a Masters in Sustainable Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, going on to work at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, helping to set up the Huntingdon Ranch - a sustainable gardening programme for the public.
The descendant of a long line of gardeners, Anna spent three years running the garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, prompting double Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc to describe her as “the gentle Anna Greenland, who looks after the vegetable garden and carries old wisdom and deep understanding of the seasons in her young soul, which is beautiful to see”.
Anna won ‘Gold’ and ‘Best in Show’ for her ‘Herbs for Preserves’ garden at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2018, and shares her passion for herbs and organic growing through classes, collaborations and social media. With a degree in broadcast journalism, Anna is on a crusade to engage more people with ‘grow your own’.
She says "Plants are AWESOME and connecting with them can be pretty transformative. Getting your hands in the soil and bonding with the natural world offers a unique form nourishment, impossible to find elsewhere."