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Meet The Gardners

Head Gardener Steve Edney

“I’ve been a gardener for 22 years. Having studied horticulture and landscape construction at Hadlow College and Arboriculture at Merrist wood, I currently work with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) on plant trials and am a member of the Dahlia Committee.

Before starting work on the restoration of The Salutation Gardens in 2005, I worked on a range of horticultural projects including garden design and construction, community gardens and interactive wildlife gardens for children.

The Salutation Gardens have now become my plant playground. My aim is always to make the garden picturesque and beautiful first and foremost, using plant-driven design within the wonderful framework of a Lutyens garden. I also endeavour to use an eclectic mix of heirloom, rare and drought tolerant plants to create a longer season of interest.

I am also always looking at the way we plant our garden ‘rooms’, and how that effects people in different ways. Constant experimentation and creativity is the key!”

Contact head gardener Steve Edney

Twitter: @stevenedney4

Sam Scarlett

“My name is Samuel Scarlett, I am 26 years old and am the Assistant Head Gardener here at The Salutation.

I first began my career in horticulture here 8 years ago, where I was an apprentice gardener studying an NVQ level 2 in amenity horticulture. This is where I first realised I had a love for gardening and this inspired me to continue my education in the form of a BSc degree in Landscape Management.

After completing my degree I had a short spell away from The Salutation working for Dover District Council as a horticultural monitoring officer, before returning as Assistant Head Gardener. I have a particular interest in hardy herbaceous perennials and also tender perennials and annuals.”

Josh Wood

“I’m 22 years old and have always been interested in gardening.

My grandfather won various medals at R.H.S shows and specialised in citrus trees and auriculas, and that’s what kick started my love of gardening

I have been at The Salutation six years, having volunteered for a year whilst on a course at Hadlow College which lead on to me becoming an apprentice for two years.

Whilst I was an apprentice I gained R.H.S qualifications, and upon completion of apprenticeship I have since been employed full time for three years

I have a keen interest in trees, conifers, medicinal plants and I enjoy collecting unusual and rare plants.”

Student Placement (Beth)

“I’m 18 years old, and after leaving school I went to Canterbury College to study a level 3 diploma in floristry before joining the garden team as a work-based learning apprentice.

During my year at The Salutation I look forward to learning all about how the rhythm of a garden year works, and at the same time studying to take RHS level 2 exams.”

Seasonal Gardener (Bryan)

“My Horticultural Experience started at Queen Elisabeth Training College where I completed a City and Guild part 1 and 2 in Horticulture. With this qualification I worked at Queen Alexander Hospital Home for Disabled Ex Servicemen as an Under Gardener.

Later I studied at Brinsbury Horticultural College gaining a National Diploma in Horticultural studies. Soon after completing this course I worked at West Dean Gardens, Chichester.

I then began working with People with Learning Disabilities within Horticultural Day Provision, at times in a Management role. After 17 years I have chosen to return to working within a purely horticultural role at the Salutation Gardens where I enjoy working with a great team in a beautiful environment.”

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