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The Salutation gardens

The Salutation Gardens


The Salutation Gardens are open from 10am until 5pm.


Please note that our gardens will be closing early at 1pm on the following dates so that we can host the Pelagian Opera Festival. Last entry will be 12 noon.

Early closing dates: Sat 29th June, Sunday 30th June, Saturday 6th July, Sunday 7th July


The Salutation Gardens are a plant lover’s paradise. Designed in 1912 by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the 3.7 acres are divided into a series of symmetrical “rooms”, each with a different purpose, gathered around a unifying theme.

The effect is one of endlessly unfolding space, with wonderful surprises presented around each corner. The planting style is a dynamic infusion of old and new. Our gardens reveal themselves sequentially through the seasons, and are constantly developing as we see long-term projects and drawing-board concepts come dramatically to life.

This plant driven design incorporates an eclectic mix of heirloom, rare and drought-tolerant plants used thoughtfully to create longer seasons of interest. Careful consideration is given to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the gardens’ easterly location, soil type, rainfall and protection from wind behind 4 acres of walls.

Within our gardens sits The Salutation, a charming hotel and restaurant, and a true Lutyens masterpiece. The first 20th Century building to be granted Grade I listing, it is set within the glorious medieval town of Sandwich, nestled on the banks of the River Stour.


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The Salutation sketch

A garden scheme should have a backbone - a central idea beautifully phrased. Edwin Lutyens

scribble sketch