The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden is the only walled section inside the expansive Windsor Great Park. Pre-dating the Saxon era (~450-1066), the great park has a long history that is intricately interwoven with countless historic events. It is particularly intertwined with royal history as the magnificent Windsor Castle along with numerous other royal residences sit nestled throughout. Measuring over 4,800 acres (1,940 hectares) the great park provides a variety of landscapes that have been created over the centuries including Charles II’s Long Walk, the Deer Park and, of course, The Savill Garden.
In total, The Savill Garden comprises 35 acres filled to the brim with natural beauty. It was commissioned by George V and created by garden curator and horticulturalist Sir Eric Savill in 1932. The garden features an incredible selection of unique and rare plants (plus some hearty favourites) from around the world displayed in ornamental arrangements, along with tranquil woodland walks and water features. It is laid out with several interconnecting garden areas all offering a unique experience. From the Hidden Gardens to the New Zealand Garden, Temperate House and the Winter Beds, there is much to see throughout the year regardless of weather.
Included in the plant collection are the original camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas that were first planted by Sir Eric. These flowers have bloomed every year since their first planting and stand as a testament to Sir Eric’s gardening abilities as well as a symbol that nature continues to grow regardless of the world around it.
A guest favourite year in and year out is the Rose Garden. Originally designed by Andrew Wilson in 2010, it received its own opening ceremony conducted by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself. Here, countless breeds of roses beautifully encircle and swirl around one another in a concentric fashion so that visitors are surrounded by their sweet perfume. Trust us, it is pure heaven for rose lovers!
The Savill Garden is a wonderful garden experience. From the bright herbaceous displays to the cooler and leafier glades, this garden provides a kaleidoscope of colour, texture and scent stimulating many emotions. Thoughtfully crafted to be beautiful year round, it is no surprise that this is considered to be one of England’s finest ornamental gardens.
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