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The Salutation gardens

The Salutation Gardens

The Salutation Gardens are open from 10am until 5pm (or nightfall in winter).

The Salutation Gardens are widely recognised as amongst the finest in the country. In recognition of this, in 2019 we were awarded RHS Partner Garden status, making us part of an elite and exclusive club. Dipping a toe into show-world (almost unheard of for a country-house garden) we were humbled to take Gold on our debut at Chelsea Flower Show, shortly followed up with Best in Show at Royal Hampton Court Garden Festival for our sophomore effort (having taken gold on debut in 2018).

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