Meet Patty Anno, Plant Care Specialist

The plant whisperer

Some people have a way with children or animals. Patty probably does, too. But we sat up and paid attention when we saw how she worked her magic with plants. She’s that good. It doesn’t hurt that she’s done everything from planting and harvesting en masse for a wholesale grower to sketching her favorite blooms when she gets the chance.

Like any connoisseur, she appreciates the science and the art of plants. We appreciate that she’s one of us. And we thought it was time we dug a little deeper into what makes her such a plant whisperer.

Planting and harvesting for a wholesale grower? Must have been interesting.

It was. It was hard work, but when I see a professionally designed floral arrangement, I appreciate it even more knowing all of the people who made it happen.

Do you think that job was what ignited your passion for plants?

I do. But I also had a background in horticulture from Purdue and fine arts from IU, so the love for the outdoors and the curiosity about what plants like and need was already there.

What’s your role at Altum’s?

I’m a Plant Care Specialist, so I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. I also answer a lot of questions from customers throughout the day. Love that, too.

What else makes you happy?

Just about everything! I truly believe that life is a gift and no matter what’s going on, I’m just so thankful to be a part of the experience.

That just inspired us. Thanks. What inspires you?

My husband of 41 years, Brad, my 2 sons and my 89-year-old mother. Fragrant plants, especially herbs. Pinterest, Houzz. Craft projects and doing pencil sketches.

You’re a wise and interesting woman. What would you say your best piece of garden advice would be?

Everything grows in good soil. Emphasis on good. Make sure you amend your soil, it’s one of the best things you can do for your plants.

Biggest benefit to gardening and planting?

It’s very satisfying to see what you can do with your own two hands. Like picking and eating those first veggies from your little garden or deadheading a perennial and watching it rebloom.

Favorite time of day?

Early morning. I like to watch everything wake up.


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