Hidden away beyond ancient walls of stone and mellow red brick, lie the century-old gardens of The Salutation manor house in the heart of old Sandwich in Kent.  Known as the ‘Secret Gardens’, they were designed by the Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens working in partnership with the plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll. Having been restored in 2010 after lying neglected for 25 years, the gardens were hit by a devastating salt-water flood when the neighbouring River Stour burst its banks in December 2013 laying waste to the bottom of the garden and destroying many of the plants.  Visiting in August 2014, it was simply amazing to see how beautiful the gardens looked – late summer flowers with dahlias to the fore – were the show-stoppers.  Gardeners all over the country rallied to the cause and donated plants and hours of hard graft to help get the Salutation gardens back into some sense of order ready to open for the 2014 season.  This Grade 1 listed Lutyens and Jekyll masterpiece is now on the market for 3.5 million pounds.

One comment on “The Salutation – A Secret Garden

  • Hi Kathryn

    I’ve just sent you an email enquiring about a day tour to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. I’ve just looked at the photo gallery of The Salutation Secret Garden and would like to go to this if possible too.


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