The Secret Gardens http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk English Gardens and Tea Rooms in Sandwich, Kent Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:05 +0000 en hourly 1 The Secret Gardens and Sandwich this Summer http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/the-secret-gardens-and-sandwich-this-summer/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/the-secret-gardens-and-sandwich-this-summer/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:49:32 +0000 jonlane http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2958 It’s the middle of the Great British summer, and if the weather sticks to its usual habits, the sunshine won’t be here for much longer. Now is the time to make the most of it, before we have to suffer through the dreary winter months.

During the months of August and September, Dahlias can normally be found in bloom throughout the Secret Gardens. These stunning flowers were named after 18th Century botanist Anders Dalh, and have been in Europe for the past 200 years. Natively, Dahlias grow in Mesoamerica, from Mexico to Columbia, hence why they thrive in the sunshine.

The sunny weather is also the perfect excuse to relax out on the Salutation Tea Room’s spacious wooden terrace that extends along the western wall. Enjoy a cream tea from us whilst soaking in the sunshine in the tranquil surroundings of the garden.

Why not make a day of it? After a relaxed morning and high tea at the Secret Gardens, try wondering down to The George and Dragon pub for a chilled lunch. A nice meander around the magical town of Sandwich is the perfect way to wind a charming summer outing to an end. Visit Sandwich’s historic Churches, or see what everyday Victorian life was like at White Mill Rural Heritage Centre. If you feel like travelling further back in time, a visit to Richborough Roman Fort, built in AD 47 when the Romans invaded Britain, is the perfect idea. You can visit the fort via Sandwich’s River Bus, a regular service on the River Stour, which is a fun alternative transport.

So why not come and enjoy a stroll in the last few moments of sunshine whilst surrounded by vibrant Dahlias and the lazy hum of bumblebees.

The Secret Garden is open from 10am to 5pm in the summer, and open seven days a week.

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Groby Gardening Society Visit 2014 http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/testimonials/groby-gardening-society-visit-2014/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/testimonials/groby-gardening-society-visit-2014/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:13:55 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2949 Just to thank you for your help in arranging my party’s trip to Sandwich. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the general feeling was that your gardens were amongst the best we have ever visited in many years of travelling around. Thank you so much and all best wishes.

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Easter in The Garden http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/easter-in-the-garden/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/easter-in-the-garden/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:04:19 +0000 jonlane http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2937 The lovely sunshine we have been enjoying of late has prompted the gardens to burst in to colour with the beautiful show of tulips, just in time for Easter.

They are known for their vibrancy and variety of colours throughout spring and are guaranteed to lift the spirits.

Why not plan a day with us over the Easter break with a gentle stroll round the gardens, now restored to their former glory and a joy to see many plants coming to bud.

After your walk head to Tea Rooms for a delicious light lunch with a fresh camomile tea or perhaps an indulgent cream tea with a cheeky glass of Chardonnay! Hopefully it will remain mild enough to enjoy al fresco on our lovely terrace.

We are open every day from 10am – 5pm so come along – it definitely feels like Spring has sprung!

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The Secret Gardens Are Open For Spring 2014! http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/the-secret-gardens-are-open-for-spring-2014/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/the-secret-gardens-are-open-for-spring-2014/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:49:57 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2925 We have been exceptionally busy here at the Secret Gardens In Sandwich over the last few Winter months, preparing for the Spring/ Summer.

The recent flooding from the tidal surge back in December has caused a great deal of damage which we are still working towards resolving. Steve Edney and the team have put in a great deal of effort to get it to where we are now, as well as the Sandwich locals with the recent “Volunteers Day” at the end of February.

As you may be aware we lost a lot of rare plants with the flooding back in December, and we pumped approximately 5 million litres of sea water back to the river in which it came. The main damage to the garden came in the form of sea water. Two of our holly trees were killed, many potted plants floated away and the gardening sheds were destroyed.

One of the main issues we have seen is the quality of the soil degrade due to the sea water, and the subsequent death of thousands of worms across the gardens. Worms are so vital for soil and compost,  and with our recent repotting of various plants we have seen some wriggling about which is giving us hope!

But with our cavalier attitude we are rising against it, and are slowly working towards getting the garden back up and running ready for Spring 2014.

We would like to thank Steve Edney and the team for putting in the extra hours over the last few months. They have all been incredible in getting the gardens back on track, and for that we are ever thankful.

We would also like to thank all the Volunteers we have seen come to the gardens and give up their Saturday to help out with the clear up, as well as the British Monarchist Society who have helped to launch an appeal to raise some funds for the gardens.

Without all these generous people, we would not be where we are now, so thanks to all who have pitched in over the last few months!

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August Gardening Tips 2013 http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/gardeningtips/august-gardening-tips-2013/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/gardeningtips/august-gardening-tips-2013/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:04:37 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2903 August Gardening Tips 2013What a delightful month of July, with the sizzling weather your garden is definitely in need of some TLC!
As august approaches, watering your garden is essential. It may seem obvious but if the summer has been dry, your garden would have suffered greatly from the heat. Here are a few great tips that can help your garden look beautiful this summer.

• Be sure to water your plants early in the morning to avoid mildew.

• Wisteria needs pruning twice a year, make sure this august you keep your wisteria floriferous and under control.

• Watch your gladiolus, those with heavy blooms may need staking.

• In the hot weather, you will need to water blueberries,gooseberries and currents very often.

• August is the time you will need to feed your lawn with a slow-acting fertiliser.

• Seed your winter vegetables now!

• Make sure you deadhead your flowering plants frequently.

• Keep a close watch on weeds and remove them before they begin to seed. Weeds use up vital moisture in the soil. It will not only keep your garden from looking messy, but will maintain essential moisture in the ground.

Keep following for more monthly updates and tips on maintaining your garden!

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Martha Trust Wine Tasting Evening at The Secret Gardens http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/martha-trust-wine-tasting-evening-at-the-secret-gardens/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/martha-trust-wine-tasting-evening-at-the-secret-gardens/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 13:13:00 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2895 Raise a glass with Martha Trust!

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May Gardening Tips http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/gardeningtips/may-gardening-tips-2/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/gardeningtips/may-gardening-tips-2/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 14:42:26 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2883

Now the weather is starting to show signs of improvement (and hopefully it will continue!), there are plenty of jobs to be getting on with in your garden.

Here are our top tips this month:

  • • Ensure you spring clean your garden throughout May by getting rid of weeds before they take hold.
  • • Remove moss from paths, driveways and terraces and remember to keep an eye out for pests.
  • • Now is the time to earth up potatoes and promptly plant any that are still remaining.
  • • Keep your lawns neat and tidy by mowing them weekly.
  • • Now is the time to lift, divide and replant chives.
  • • Ensure to prepare the soil in flower beds for summer bedding.
  • • May is the month to sow seeds of beetroot, lettuce, salad leaves, watercress and rocket.
  • • To encourage good air circulation in your greenhouse, fit automatic openers.
  • • Don’t neglect your indoor plants this summer and remember to feed them weekly from now until autumn.
  • • During the dry weather use a mulch on flowerbeds and around shrubs to prevent the moisture form evaporating during dry spells.

For more advice on how to get your garden looking its best this month, pop in to The Secret Gardens and speak to our gardening team who are always willing to share their secrets of a beautiful garden. We are open from 10am, seven days a week.

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Mother’s Day 2013 http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/mothers-day-2013/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/mothers-day-2013/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:58:12 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2833 Sunday March 10, 2013 is Mother’s Day – this is one-day of the year we turn up with a gift and some flowers, to thank our mothers for all their hard work over the years.

So with that thought in mind, try surprising your mother this year and really show her your appreciation. It can be rather conventional just buying flowers every year for your mother, why not take her to see some wonderful flowers?

Currently at The Secret Gardens of Sandwich, the Gardeners have been hard at work through these harsh winter months getting the three and a half acres of gardens ready for the spring months by their dedicated team of gardeners.

Mothers day at The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

Once you have taken a tour of these beautiful historic gardens, you can browse throughout the gift shop and treat your mother to a gift that she will remember. All the gifts available in The Secret Gardens Gift Shop are sourced from Europe and the local area, you can be rest assured that there is something to suit everybody’s tastes.

If you can’t get to The Secret Gardens in person on Mother’s Day, why not splash out on a gift voucher for your mother – available either by telephone or post? This way, she can enjoy the gardens – and the gift shop – on any day of the year of her choosing.

Vouchers, which come in an elegant gift wallet, start from £5 and can be tailored to meet your requirements – from admission, champagne and cream teas to plants and other gifts. To purchase, simply telephone 01304 619919.

The Secret Gardens are open seven days a week throughout the year, with a wide variety of things to see including a Tropical Border, Spring Garden and the White and Yellow Gardens. For more information contact Dominic Parker on 01304 619919

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Sandwich Dahlia Festival – September 7-15 http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/sandwich-dahlia-festival-september-7-15/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/sandwich-dahlia-festival-september-7-15/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:04:22 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2755 Sandwich Dahlia Festival

Sandwich Dahlia Festival

Our celebration of the Dahlia gets underway at The Secret Gardens of Sandwich during September 7 – 15.

With more than 76 different varieties planted throughout our gardens, this is the perfect opportunity to see the flower this year. Our gardeners will be on hand to give talks and demonstrations about how to grow your own Dahlias at home.

Standard entry prices apply. For further information, call 01304 619 919.

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Secrets of The Salutation http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/secrets-of-the-salutation/ http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/news/events/secrets-of-the-salutation/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:51:10 +0000 admin http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/?p=2736 Secrets of The Salutation

Secrets of The Salutation

Each month from March to September 2013 inclusive, we will be holding “Focus Events” which will teach you about garden related topics such as early spring bulbs, pests and diseases, roses in the garden and tender perennials.

Our gardeners will show you the methods they use for pruning, plant training, cultivation and propagation and let you in to a few handy hints about how to improve your garden and get the most enjoyment from it.


2nd March – 1st April: Early Spring Bulbs

2nd April – 30th April: History of the Garden

1st May – 31st May: Trees & Shrubs of the Garden

1st June – 30th June: Roses in the garden

1st July – 31st July: Pests and Diseases

1st August – 31st August: Tender Perennials and Annuals

1st September – 30th September: Dahlias

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