Welcome to the

Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden was laid out in a 1600s Italian Baroque style. A tiered pathway borders the lower garden area, which contains flower beds and sheltered seating.

Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, Margate CT9 5EJ

About Us & History

With a coastal location, its chalky alkaline soil has both advantages and disadvantages for plants. While good drainage is an advantage, in long hot breezy Thanet summers, its soil dries out very quickly. Plants here in the garden have been selected to thrive in this unique coastal region. They must withstand regular northeasterly, salt-laden winds and the maritime microclimate.

Established in 2018 the Sunken Garden Society is a volunteer community group formed to assist the local council in the management and revival of this historic garden. The society run regular taskdays and events to promote the garden. See our noticeboard for upcoming events, news and how to support us.

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