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Hiding behind the ancient city walls of Sandwich lie 3.5 acres of glorious gardens that have defied years of neglect and catastrophic flooding to bloom into one of the most beautiful spots in Kent.

The Gardens have always been an important part of the appeal of The Salutation, had unfortunately undergone years of neglect when Dom and Steph took over in 2003.

It was an immediate priority for the Parkers to unearth the fallen beauty and, thanks to the help of their incredibly hard-working team, the gardens were re-opened by Monty Don in 2007.

Fate does have a sense of humour, though, and the terrible floods of winter 2013 seemed like a desperately unfair way to test the mettle of the Head Gardener, Steve Edney, and his team.

Even after 5 million litres of sea water were pumped back into the river, there were lingering obstacles to once again restoring the gardens. The quality of the soil had been greatly degraded, while thousands of worms had been killed.

But, thanks to bloody-minded determination and the valued help of generous locals giving their time to help with repairs, the gardens were largely repaired within a few months. Now, they truly are something to behold…

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2017 Events

The Salutation Gardens, 10 Years On
Following a painstaking restoration, The Salutation Gardens opened to the public in 2007. A decade on, and a major flood overcome, we couldn't be more proud of all that we have achieved. We will be running a series of events to celebrate, and we would love you to join us.

Check our events page for more details on these upcoming events:

A day with our head gardener Steve Edney. A wonderful opportunity to learn how to create plants in your own garden!
The day will include a tour of the garden and advice on how to take successful cuttings. This will be followed by a practical demonstration and a chance to try it out for yourself.

2017 Garden Classes

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation These ever popular classes run on selected dates throughout 2017. Each class runs from 9.30am-4pm, and will involve talks, demonstrations and practical instruction. Class sizes are limited to 8 people. Places are priced at £80 per person, to include all equipment and a light lunch & refreshments.

To book your place please call us on 01304 619 919
More details can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

Join Steve on a practical day, creating seasonal pots and containers bursting with colours, scents and structure. We will concentrate on plant selection and combination, plus Steve will share a few tricks of the trade.

2017 Garden Classes

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation These ever popular classes run on selected dates throughout 2017. Each class runs from 9.30am-4pm, and will involve talks, demonstrations and practical instruction. Class sizes are limited to 8 people. Places are priced at £80 per person, to include all equipment and a light lunch & refreshments.

To book your place please call us on 01304 619 919
More details can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

Sign up and spend a balmy summer evening in our beautiful gardens. With Steve’s never ending enthusiasm, and a glass of champagne in hand, it is sure to be a wonderful event. Tickets priced at £15. Call us to reserve your place.

Contact us for more information on 01304 619 919
More details of each event can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

What do we mean by exotic? This class is aimed at beginner gardeners, and those who want to understand the simple theories around this very different but exciting method of gardening. Join Steve for a day and find out what jungle gardening means to us at The Salutation.

2017 Garden Classes

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation These ever popular classes run on selected dates throughout 2017. Each class runs from 9.30am-4pm, and will involve talks, demonstrations and practical instruction. Class sizes are limited to 8 people. Places are priced at £80 per person, to include all equipment and a light lunch & refreshments.

To book your place please call us on 01304 619 919
More details can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

Join us for our 8th annual Dahlia Festival.
A two day event celebrating this fascinating group of plants, displayed in every range of colour and form imaginable.

The Salutation Gardening team will be holding a series of talks, and we will be joined by some well known guest speakers. Visitors are invited to tour our famous dahlia collection, and to participate in discussions on growing and caring for this beautiful plant. We are proud owners of one of the largest collections of Dahlias in the South East, and the largest collection of dark leafed dahlias in an open garden in England.

Contact us for more information on 01304 619 919
More details of each event can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

Lose yourself in the middle of the jungle. This Masterclass will focus on hardy exotics and plants which give the illusion of tender exuberance, with a focus on those special plants worth including in your own planting scheme. It is much less work than you think! Join us and see for yourself.

2017 Garden Classes

By Steve Edney, Head Gardener at The Salutation These ever popular classes run on selected dates throughout 2017. Each class runs from 9.30am-4pm, and will involve talks, demonstrations and practical instruction. Class sizes are limited to 8 people. Places are priced at £80 per person, to include all equipment and a light lunch & refreshments.

To book your place please call us on 01304 619 919
More details can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

Allow us to share with you our knowledge, passion and philosophy by joining us for The Garden Residential. Course attendees will receive 5 days of teaching, tuition, and dedicated attention and advice, under the instruction of Steve Edney, our head gardener, and the The Salutation gardening team. The Residential is limited to 8 students and includes all accommodation and meals.

Contact us for more information on 01304 619 919
More details of each event can be found at
www.the-salutation.com/the-gardens
www.facebook.com/TheSalutationGardens

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