Day Trip: Visiting Two Special Gardens in Sandwich, Kent

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The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT

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We are delighted to be visiting the Salutation garden in Sandwich, Kent, where the innovative Steve Edney is Head Gardener. The Salutation is a four acre walled garden designed by Edwin Lutyens at the beginning of the 20th century, divided into a series of symmetrical rooms, each with a different purpose but with a unifying theme.

It was Steve’s passion and determination that saved the garden after it was completely flooded in 2013. He will give our group a walk and tour of the garden where there are wonderful surprises around every corner, particularly highlighting his passion for dahlias.

For those of you who went to the 2019 Chelsea and Hampton Court shows, Steve’s contributions were memorable and original. His innovative Seed Sensation display won a Gold medal at Chelsea - the display of dried seed heads pointing to the value seeds bring to the garden long after the show of spring and summer has past.Steve also won Gold at Hampton Court with a jungle-like display of exotics.

On our way to the Salutation garden on the way, we have a special treat in store – a visit to ‘Sweetbriar’, Steve Edney and his partner Louise Dowle’s private garden. Here we’ll see a real plantsman's collection of rare hardy and tender exotics. The garden is wildlife friendly and chemical-free, it has three small ponds and an eco grass drive. Louse will welcome us with tea and cake on arrival, and then walk and talk us through this exotic oasis.

The Salutation is now an award winning hotel and restaurant, so to end this fabulous day we have organised a private ‘Garden House’ supper.

Timetable for the day:

  • Meet at the Garden House at 11.30am for a coffee in the garden
  • Board coach at midday - lunchbox picnic en route
  • Arrive at Sweetbriar about 2.30pm. Tea and cake plus garden tour
  • Leave at approx 3pm, arriving Salutation garden by 4pm
  • Supper will be at 6.30, and we leave to return home at 8.45pm

This trip is limited to 18 participants so do book soon.

Cost: £140 per person includes picnic lunch en route, and supper at the Salutation garden.

Date: Thursday 3 October 2019 – 11.30am start, arriving home approx 10.30pm

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