This week, I’m talking Head Gardeners with Ambra Edwards; why she chose the ones she did to feature in her book of that name, the diverse range of tasks they undertake and what makes a good one. I ask Ambra what prompted her to write a book about some of the legendary and some of the unsung heroes of the horticultural world and if she could swap places with one, whose boots would she choose to fill.
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What we cover
How Ambra chose the head gardeners included in the book
Is there any such thing as a typical head gardener?
Some of the unexpected roles the gardeners in the book have to perform
How much gardens are expressions of the personality of the head gardener
Is it stifling for a head gardener to stick to historical plans/designs and not inject their own creativity into a space?
What makes a great head gardener?
Gardening as a profession
About Ambra Edwards
Ambra Edwards is a journalist with a special interest in garden history, and the people, passions and often surprising stories that lie behind our gardens. Three times voted the Garden Media Guild’s Garden Journalist of the Year (2006, 2009 and 2015), she is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Hortus and Country Living. Her most recent book is The Story of the English Garden (Pavilion, 2018). She lives in Dorset. https://www.pimpernelpress.com/ambra-edwards