Emily Anne grew up on a 200 acre farm in the Southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. The farm consisted of a 160 year old farmhouse, renovated with only the necessities (not even air conditioning!) as her parents hoped to keep it as true to the original house as possible, a horse barn and pasture, a pond, and a runway where Emily learned to fly when she was seventeen years old. Emily spent all of her free time riding her horses and gardening with her Mom.     

   Since growing up in a small coal-mining town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Emily has been transplanting herself every few years. First to Waco, Texas where she was recruited for Baylor University's Division 1 Varsity Equestrian Team. Emily studied Political Science, as Baylor had no horticulture program, with the hopes of writing public policy for flora conservation. After graduating from Baylor, Emily moved to Naples, Florida where she began a conservation/horticulture internship with the Naples Botanical Garden. Once she had a chance to dig in the dirt, the desk job of public policy writing was no longer a thought!

   When the internship finished in Naples, Emily moved to London, England where she studied great glasshouses at Kew, Royal Botanic Garden.  This is where Emily realized she had a deep affinity toward growing orchids and carnivorous plants. 

 

 The Palm House

The Palm House

   After finishing her specialty program at Kew, Emily moved back to South Florida where she started a business, Girl In A Garden, curating collections of orchids, bromeliads and carnivorous plants for private owners. Emily also started working at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club as the Orchid House Supervisor for a collection of over 5,000 orchids. 

   During this time, Emily & Smokey met the man of their dreams, Chris. They were engaged to marry when Chris received orders to move to his next duty station from Miami to Corpus Christi. Emily and Chris had a beautiful wedding at Emily's family farm in Southwestern PA where Smokey and Emily's childhood horse, Lazer, were standing by their side. 

 

  Emily soon began planting her first cutting garden at her home in the Lamar Park area of Corpus Christi. When word of her cut flowers spread through friends and neighbors, Emily realized it was time to expand. After talking the owner of a vacant lot into letting her use the land to become a field of flowers, Emily began planting the lot on Roberts Drive. It will forever be a work in progress as any active farm is, and there will be flowers produced from it year round. 

   Today Emily & Chris live with their herd of rescue dogs and cats, chickens and bees.