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Annette Burmeister

Diploma of Landscape Design

Trained by TAFE SA

Employed by Ironwood Institute

Annette grew up in diverse locations in the Northern Territory, living in both Darwin and Alice Springs, and exploring her great-grandfather’s ‘north of Alice’ cattle station, Karundi. She credits her childhood experiences with developing her love of nature and with sowing the seeds of her future career.

“Family work commitments gave me the opportunity to travel and live in every state of Australia, providing varied working opportunities in industry,” says Annette. “These included working with a mining company in north east Queensland, where I propagated and grew endemic plants to restore bushland, and teaching volunteers at a landcare nursery on the mid north coast of New South Wales.”

“On returning to South Australia, I worked for retail nurseries – including The Diggers Club, which collects heirloom, open pollinated seeds from around the world.”

When her children were young, Annette found that teaching her family how to grow organic vegetables using companion plants to deter unwanted pests was a fulfilling part of her life, motivating her to establish her own business.

“SHEA Garden Design is a culmination of my life’s experience and work and grew out of my passion to assist individuals with resolving horticultural issues,” she says. “SHEA stands for Sensory, Healing, Energy, Artisan and encompasses my ideals to create beautiful and meaningful gardens for my clients.”

Annette’s success in winning the 2020 Playford Scholarship Trust Award in Horticulture has allowed her to continue her studies and to realise her dream to become Vocational Education and Training trainer – teaching, inspiring and sharing her knowledge with others.

Future plans include learning more about 'bush tucker', in recognition of the country and indigenous friends she grew up with and continuing to design sensory gardens and gardens that provide educational learning environments for children and inclusive areas for people with special needs.