The Salutation in the Secret Gardens of Sandwich.

John Gaffen

London, United Kingdom

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This work has been featured in the “All Glorius Gardens” Group.

View of the Salutation in the Secret Gsarden of Sandwich, Kent. The Salutation was built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911-1912 for William, Gaspard and Henry Farrer as a weekend retreat to enable them to enjoy the east coast air. It is a well known fact that Miss Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwyn Lutyens worked together on a significant number of projects. Lutyens would design and build the house, Jekyll would provide the design and planting for the gardens. The Salutation, however is believed to differ slightly from this arrangement, in so much that the gardens were designed by Lutyens and the planting plans were set by Jekyll, although there is no proof of Jekyll’s involvement in the planting. The Salutation is a Queen Anne-style manor house.

The Secret Gardens of Sandwich. Recognized as one of the finest gardens in Kent, the stunning Secret Gardens of Sandwich is open all year round. The 3.5 acres of densely planted Lutyens and Jekyll grounds are almost entirely hidden from the outside world by the ancient city walls. The grade-1 Salutation manor house sits proudly in the middle of the beautiful gardens that stretch around it.

Officially re-opened in 2007 after years of neglect, an extensive restoration and re-planting programme has transformed The Secret Gardens of Sandwich and certainly in most opinions exceeded its former glory.

The spirit and style of the original garden has been captured, boasting the beautiful White and Yellow Gardens and the elegant Bowling Lawn. Modern and contemporary features have been added including the Tropical Border and the tranquil Lake Patricia Island.

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