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2017 Dahlia Festival

16th & 17th September

Join us at The Salutation gardens for our 8th annual Dahlia Festival.  

Highlights include:

  • Talks & discussions all weekend, by our Gardening Team, and well known gardeners Val Bourne & Francis Tophill
  • Flower arranging, by Sophie Leathart
  • Find out more about our dark leaf dahlia collection
  • Regular Gardeners Question Time & Plant Clinics
  • Dahlias & other plants on sale

Plus The Salutation Head-Chef Shane Hughes will be serving a mexican inspired feast throughout the weekend.

Read on to find out more….

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Gardens open at 10am

11am Flower Arranging

Watch and learn how to use foliage and flowers from your own garden, including dahlias of course.

By Sophie leathart and Louise Dowle 

 

12pm Gardeners Question Time

Bring us your gardening woes and we’ll try and help

With our gardeners Steve Edney & Sam Scarlett, along with Val Bourne

 

2pm The Living Jigsaw, by Val Bourne

A masterclass in natural gardening.  Val Bourne’s garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem – what she calls her ‘living jigsaw’ – really can produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects, and even slugs, your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched.

 

3pm Growing & Caring for Dahlias

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation Gardens

Gardens close at 5pm

 

SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Gardens open at 10am

11am Growing & Caring for Dahlias 

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation Gardens  

 

12pm Gardeners Question Time

Bring us your gardening woes and we’ll try and help

With Steve Edney & Francis Tophill

 

2pm Showing Dahlias

How to exhibit and display dahlias

By Darren Everest

 

3pm Flower Arranging

Watch and learn how to use foliage and flowers from your own garden, including dahlias of course.

By Sophie leathart and Louise Dowle 

Gardens close at 5pm

 

 

We are lucky enough to be joined by Val Bourne…

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer who writes regularly for lots of publications including The Daily Telegraph.  She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild. She gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.

Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic. She manages her third of an acre garden without using chemicals – something she has always believed in. Her newest book The Living Jigsaw, out in March 2017 – Kew Publishing, is all about her eco-friendly garden. She’s nuts on dahlias and a member of the RHS panel.

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. May Sarton

Dorothy's lamp drawing