The Cambridges are looking for a new ‘head gardener’ for Anmer Hall

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We always make jokes about Prince William and gardening because of the Rose Hanbury situation, where Baldingham *allegedly* carried on some kind of torrid affair with their Norfolk neighbor Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. It’s funny on a lot of different levels – the admittedly juvenile “rose bushes” angle, the fact that William is apparently terrible at gardening, the fact that Kate enjoys gardening, the fact that gardens are really Prince Charles’ thing and William is just a lazy pretender who doesn’t actually give a sh-t about gardens. We’ve also heard, over the years, that Carole Middleton treats Anmer Hall like her home, that she organizes everything on the property (which is part of the Sandringham estate) and that Michael Middleton putters around the garden there. As such, William and Kate have a lot of difficulty retaining staff, because no one wants to take orders from Carole. So… Will and Kate are looking for a new gardener. Organic gardener. No rose specialists allowed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for a head gardener for their Norfolk home. Prince William, 38, and Kate, 39, advertised the position on the Royal website and stressed they want a green-fingered staff member who is ‘keen to apply principles of organic gardening’.

Although there’s no detail on salary for the coveted job, the ad states that the role, based at the Cambridges’ countryside home of Anmer Hall, involves ‘leading a very small team and working with a garden designer’. The ideal candidate for this full-time, permanent position ‘will have a strong horticulture focus, excellent plant knowledge, and practical skills and experience in working on a private estate’.

The advertisement states that The Royal Household is looking for someone who takes pride in delivering to a high standard, has strong communication skills, and enjoys working as part of a team. ‘Candidates must have relevant experience across all aspects of horticulture, including amenity, ornamental and productive horticulture, and will be keen to apply principles of organic gardening,’ the advert says. It adds: ‘The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the garden including project management and implementation. The candidate will be undertaking seasonal maintenance throughout, operating the garden in a compliant manner.’ Applications close on May 20.

Kate is known to be a keen gardener, having designed a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.

Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed they are hiring a new senior communications officer, an advert on the Royal Households website showed.

[From The Daily Mail]

Just when we thought we’d heard the end of Kate’s fakakta garden! She hyped that sh-t for a full year. She designed a log! And it’s only *now* that they’re going organic? Prince Charles made the Sandringham estate switch to full organic a while ago, I’m almost positive. So, once again, the Keens are followers and not leaders. As for the idea that their part of the estate needs a “head gardener”… I keep thinking about the gorgeous grounds of Houghton Hall, Rose Hanbury’s estate. Like, Houghton Hall is what we think of when we’re talking about grand country estates. While Anmer Hall is undoubtedly beautiful, let’s also be real: the Keens are just lazy layabouts living in a nice house on granny’s estate.

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  1. Cecilia says:

    So a few weeks ago I decided to take a peek on the houghton hall instagram account and what rose does with the estate is truly impressive. And its gorgeous. Maybe she can recommend them someone.

    • Elizabeth says:

      It is lovely but did Rose create the gardens or just inherit them?

      • Cecilia says:

        I mean her husband inherited the place but she’s running it.

      • JT says:

        Houghton Hall is gorgeous. She does an excellent job with the art installations on the property.

      • Truthiness says:

        It’s a combination of inherited plus cultivation. David was single for some time and there’s no way he had the time for everything. Rose threw herself into restoration and then using it for art installations that would pay for upkeep. She said she’s the type to happily spend a day going through attics to find ancient wallpaper and things to restore. Having a Jeff Koons installation and a Henry Moore installation is quite a coup, I love her taste.

  2. Mooney says:

    The staff don’t want to take orders from Kween Carole? How dare they? She must send them 5 am emails.

    Off topic, but have you guys seen the new comparison pics of Harry and Elegant Bill playing football 🤭

  3. Snuffles says:

    It must be incredibly difficult to manage gardens and grounds on a large estate. I’ve been to Versailles and I was in awe. Even on small houses it’s difficult and requires constant attention. I just have a small patch and it always gets out of control because I don’t maintain it and only bring in someone twice a year to contain the mess.

    • Becks1 says:

      I admit my front gardens are very pretty, but it’s because we bought the house from an older woman who left them in such good shape that I don’t have to do basically anything, even 8 years later lol. My hostas are fabulous!

      The back garden though, which is all us…..eek.

      I tell myself that these people have full time gardeners, they’re all professionally designed, etc. it makes me feel better about the fact that I’m about to go plant some flowers and I’m really hoping I don’t eff it up lol.

      • SurelyNot says:

        I cheated — I use the SpringHill catalog, they have pre-designed gardens to fit various sized spaces and light and color combinations. They even send you the plants (with a blueprint on how to space and position) when it’s safe to plant according to your zone and have a money back guarantee if something croaks.

      • notasugarhere says:

        What a great idea from a gardening company!

    • notasugarhere says:

      The grounds at Anmer aren’t large, maybe a couple of acres most of which is covered with buildings. They had to steal land from the nextdoor farm property in order to move the tennis court, and build a new one a few yards over. 100,000 for a new tennis court that is 80 percent on the same footprint as the old one, just wanted it out of their view.

      • Chica says:

        They’re hiring a garden designed so they can compete with the Sussexes Montecito gardens. Everyone has seen how much and beautiful their estate is. The Keens have been living at Anmer for 10 years and have had gardeners. What’s new is a grade
        Designer as in someone to make their garden into a spectacle of some kind. Just wait for the conveniently leaked pics. When I tell you these two don’t have an original thought for anything.

      • JT says:

        @Chica This makes sense. Every time the Sussexes are seen in their gardens, which is often, people always comment how lush and beautiful they are. Nobody says the same about Amner.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I’m laughing at the bit about “- very small team” – even when advertising for a FT job on their estate, they don’t want to admit the extent of their staff.

    • SarahCS says:

      That was one of the things which jumped out to me!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Me too! They can’t keep staff because they are awful people!! They have no heart or consideration for anyone but themselves! They must be awful to work for!!

  5. Wiglet Watcher says:

    They’re blowing through staff. I stopped counting at 4th new gardener for AH a while ago. It traces back to Carole each time.
    The Cams can’t hold staff for anything.

    • harla says:

      I was going to say the same thing! W&K can’t hold onto staff but that rarely gets mentioned anymore, gee I wonder why?? I do wonder though how much longer the royal reporters can continue to blow smoke up their skirts?? It’s got to be driving them crazy having to write as$ kissing drivel day in and day out.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They posted for a new housekeeper a few months ago too. They cannot keep household staff for long.

  6. Eurydice says:

    I think the Highgrove gardens have been organic for decades now. Did Charles write a book about it?

  7. Myjobistoprincess says:

    I think there might be some big changes soon. They didnt say the gardener was leaving – they said they’re looking for a new one. The organic gardener might be leaving to take over a newer and bigger project for charles? He loves gardening and organic foods. I could see that. I could see some changes happening behind the scenes with the Queen being 95, and charles approving some new project involving organic gardens… say in BP?

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      The organic bit is just to distract. There’s no big reason for this staff change because it happens often.

      Even when the Cams do announce a change for something else that idea is DOA because they’re the laziest.

      • Truthiness says:

        Pesticides run off during the rain and they kill things, including the bees. If you live in a tony neighborhood where animals and birds graze, this could very well cause trouble in the neighborhood. 2 members of my family have horticulture degrees, you might be surprised how you can achieve stunning results without pesticide. The Windsors have always enjoyed berries and game from their property, organic is healthier for everybody.

  8. Maria says:

    The rose bush jokes write themselves.

  9. Merricat says:

    Wanted: Head Gardener, specialty on thorn removal. Must be discreet.

  10. Midge says:


    But seriously, these people are so boring.

  11. Nick G says:

    Hmm, just sitting here waiting for the chicken coops to be installed

  12. Catherine says:

    I think this is part of Charles converting Sandringham to organic. There are rules, In order for gardens/farms to be certified organic about proximity to non organic gardens/farms because of the possibility of cross contamination. Since Anmer is literally part of the estate it would have to be converted also. Charles is likely planning to turn Sandringham into a money maker the way he has done with Highgrove.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Philip already did that. It was under Philip’s direction that both private estates were made self-supporting, sustainable, organic.

  13. betsyh says:

    “The Royal Household is looking for someone who takes pride in delivering to a high standard” = we aren’t going to pay you much, so we are relying on your integrity to do a good job.

  14. JT says:

    Amner is apart of the Sandringham estate, so I wonder why the same gardeners can’t be used for the property? The grounds aren’t very large either, maybe a few acres. Do they really need a separate gardener?

    Also, Amner looks very sterile and cold to me. There aren’t any flowers around for color; it just looks kind of drab from the pictures. It’s a very sharp contrast to where Harry lives that’s for sure.

  15. Sue says:

    I’ll have to look more into what Anmer Hall looks like. Any photos I’ve seen, it looks desolate and lonely and…fitting for Bill and Cath…characterless.

  16. Emily says:

    *pulls up chair* I’m just here for the Rose puns.

  17. Elvie says:

    We went to Houghton Hall yesterday to see the Tony Cragg sculptures, and my GOD, it is breathtaking. My husband and I go to a lot of these manor houses and gardens and Houghton Hall is among my favourites.

    As we pulled up through the gates yesterday my husband remarked “the Royal Family properties are dumps compared to other members of the aristocracy” and he’s not wrong.

    • Becks1 says:

      @elvie I’m jealous!! It looks like a gorgeous exhibition!

      • Elvie says:

        @becks it’s a very cool set up. They’ve designed these gardens to be maze-like with temporary and permanent sculptures sprinkled throughout. The turquoise runner statue was my favourite as well as a gorgeous chrome piece.

        There was also an equestrian competition on the grounds which was fun.

      • JT says:

        I’m jealous as well. Rose has done a fantastic job with it. It must be a real let down for William to leave the beauty of Houghton Hall after gardening and then return to Amner in all of its austere glory.

    • Deering24 says:

      Rose actually looks like she’d be cool to know.

  18. Robin says:

    Doesn’t her mother do the gardening with the kids? Carole, this is your chance – you can dig around in the dirt and get paid by your daughter rather than the Daily Mail.

  19. AMJ says:

    Maybe Will can be the head gardener? How’s your head, Will?

  20. Liz version 700 says:

    I will NEVER get tired of the picture of William holding this silly pink watering can!?! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  21. Julia K says:

    What happened to the previous head gardener? First thing I would ask at interview.

    • Deering24 says:

      Heh. It’s a shame some upstart blog doesn’t regularly feature interviews with RF former staff. Would give a million to hear that…😈😎

  22. The Recluse says:

    “Working with a garden designer” – that’s code for Carol, I bet.

  23. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I wasn’t going to comment, but I can’t stop myself. Did anyone else have a Mylie Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” moment when they looked at that picture above?

    • Mooney says:

      Yep. I was going to say that 😂. When this picture came out first time (right before the Sussexes’ first anniversary 🙄) the Sussex squad had a merry time posting Miley Cyrus GIFs of wrecking Ball 😆

  24. BooyahB!tches says:

    Oh, I just can’t even…too many rose bush innuendos….

  25. Mia says:

    That picture of will with the watering can cracks me up 😂