Salutation Garden

Salutation Garden

Award-Winning RHS Partner Garden

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, delighting in fresh permutations, boldly experimental, responsive to the nuances of local climatic conditions. Our gardens reveal themselves sequentially through the seasons, never looking the same month to month and often changing enormously in a single year, as we see long-term projects and drawing-board concepts come dramatically to life. Constant experimentation and creativity are the watchwords – an approach that keeps the gardens recognised as amongst the finest in the country.

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.

Alongside a plethora of rare, unusual and plants unique to our gardens, The Salutation Gardens are also proud home to the national collections for Dark-Leafed Dahlias and Plectranthus. Head Gardener Steve Edney sits on the RHS Herbaceous Committee, and is frequently engaged in plant trials overseen by the RHS. He is a contributor to numerous publications and a regular on the award-winning “Sunday Gardening” show on Radio Kent.

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.


  • Street: Knightrider Street
  • Postcode: CT13 9EW
  • City: Sandwich
  • County: Kent
  • Country: United Kingdom



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