Organic Gardening Services is a small gardening business based in Northland, Wellington that's been operating since 2014. We have a friendly and personal approach and look after your garden with care, knowledge and efficiency.
We garden using organic principles and work without synthetic chemicals.
Our clients' gardens range from modern designed gardens to English-style gardens and steep properties with natives and exotics, and include rental properties.
Anthea has a Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) from the BHU Organic Training College in Lincoln and has also completed native plant identification, conservation and ecology papers at university and polytech.
I've always loved plants, growing up surrounded by them on a lifestyle block in Christchurch where my Mum grew cut flowers and worked as a florist and my Dad planted a tree farm. I loved living somewhere where I could be practical and in the outside world so much. I declared as a child that I wanted to be a horticulturalist and a landscape architect, a family trait on my mother’s side, where keen gardeners, farming and horticulture crop up everywhere.
My horticultural influences lay dormant for more than 20 years during work as a lawyer and in grant giving in New Zealand and the UK. There was some return to my roots with work in government, funding conservation and environmental groups. After taking a part time organic horticulture course while I was working, my interest in horticulture became harder to ignore.
I said goodbye to office work, did a year long course at the BHU (where I am with my Goddaughter in the photo on the right), then set up Organic Gardening Services as a way to work in organic horticulture in Wellington. Six years on and the business continues to grow and my unusual love of weeding is as strong as ever.