The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

I took a day trip to Kent with my daughter yesterday. The plan was to enjoy the beautiful sunshine but at the same time hide from the scorching heat in the cool of an English garden in its glory. So after a lovely but busy crossing by ferry – I believe some major event is building up somewhere in England in the days to come…, I drove to Sandwich and had a delicious lunch at the Tea Room – homemade stilton and broccoli quiche for my girl and bacon and mushroom for myself… Yummy. Then we were all set for the discovery :

already the entrance won my heart and gaze :


Neatly paved path flanked by lavish colourful planting and the Robinia tree catching your eye and inviting you to go beyond…

But then you had to look onto your right, for a wider alley was opening, with more expansive beds and especially a line of dark sunflowers, and the view of the mansion by Lutyens, who also designed the gardens in the style of his gardening partner Gertrude Jekyll :

Still, I followed the paved path straight on, and I liked the apparently never-ending planting of it :

and made some nice encounters :











and I learnt something there :

At the bottom, a wide grass alley would lead you back to the mansion as well as “distribute” you right and left to other parts of the garden :

I liked the prairie with a metal sculpture of a horse and foal :

and I also liked the line of grasses complementing the roses along the house :

The vegetable plot looked a bit crowded, but I liked the general frame of it – something to use in my garden maybe ? The posts and netting are a cunning way of gaining space in a small plot and they link the different boxes together :

There is a lot more to see : the lake Patricia, the bowling lawn, the yellow and the white gardens, the spring garden and the woodland garden. But I chose to show you my favourite shots, and the visit ends now with the inevitable quaint gift shop – I did spend some money on a candle holder for the garden.

– No plant ! said Ally.. what else then ?

Bye for now… getting ready to fly to Florida…

Jul 26, 2012

9 comments to The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

  • WOW, that looked like a great GARDEN and a great place to visit.

    And it is rare to see England under a blue sky without any clouds. Look NO UMBRELLAS 🙂

    Makes me feel homesick for that green green grass of home !

  • jon

    Hi Celine,

    I work at The Secret Gardens and I just wanted to say thank you for your fantastic write up and pictures. It’s really nice when someone (such as yourself) really understands the planting style and appreciates the effort the gardeners have made here.

    We hope to see you back again soon – The robinia looks even more stunning in the autumn 🙂

  • Sawyer

    Beautiful gardens here. Where about are these gardens? I think a cheeky little trip there myself is in order!

  • Natalie

    The sheep’s wool idea is fantastic. I would never have thought of that!! 🙂

    A must try for me. Oh yes, I too would like to know where about these gardens in England are….so beautiful!

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