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The gardeners at The Salutation

Meet The Gardeners

Team Biography

Steve Edney, Head Gardener

Steve has been perfecting his art for 25 years. After studying at Hadlow College and Merrist Wood, he spent several years as a highly respected and regularly awarded private garden designer. In 2006, he joined The Salutation to helm its huge restoration project. A decade later, the gardens are recognised as amongst the finest in the country.

Steeped in the practical art of gardening, Steve uses direct observation to supplement his technical skills as a grower, breeder, horticulturalist and arboriculturalist. His drive for creativity and experimentation ensure the scope of his expertise continues to encompass new horizons.

Recent accolades include appointment to the RHS Herbaceous Committee and membership of the RHS plant trial forum. He is currently Chairperson of the RHS round table for Zinnia, and working in conjunction with Fleuroselect in Europe.

He is a contributor to numerous professional publications, and a regular on the award-winning "Sunday Gardening" show on BBC Radio Kent. At the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, Steve's collaboration with Cayeux Iris received a Gold Medal in the floral marquee, something he replicated for a second time in 2017.

Current projects include trials for Zantedeschia, Agapanthus and Nepeta.

Steve Edney

Samuel Scarlett, Assistant Head Gardener

Sam started his career horticulture 10 years ago at The Salutation as an apprentice. After studying for an NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and a BSc in Landscape management, he returned to us as Assistant Head Gardener.

Sam has a keen interest in cacti and succulents as well as tender perennials.

Sam Scarlett

Joshua Wood, Assistant Gardener

Josh was initially inspired by his great grandfather who won various R.H.S. medals for showing Auriculas, Citrus and other plants at Chelsea and other shows. He started at The Salutation Gardens 8 years ago, first on a work experience placement, and then as an apprentice throughout his studies which includes the RHS Level 2 qualification before finally becoming a full time member of the team.

He has a keen interest in trees, conifers and shrubs.

Josh Wood

George Anderson, Apprentice Gardener

George is currently working towards the RHS Level 2 qualification at Brogdale Farm. He joined The Salutation Gardens last September and is enjoying learning about our collection of rare and unusual plants, and appreciating how the gardens change throughout the year.

George Anderson

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade. Rudyard Kipling

Dorothy's lamp drawing