Savill Garden


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The Savill Garden, located in the southeast corner of the estate of Windsor Great Park, is managed by the Crown Estate and encourages visitors to experience its wealth of plants. It is an oasis of beauty and tranquillity acclaimed as one of the finest gardens in England.

The breathtaking diversity of plants that can be seen today is a result of Sir Eric Savill’s vision combined with the dedication of three generations of horticulturalists.

The Savill garden covers approximately 18ha and was begun by Eric Savill under the auspices of King George V and Queen Mary. In 1951 King George VI commanded that its name should be changed from the Bog Garden to the Savill Garden and in 1955 Sir Eric was knighted.

From the initial streamside planting below the Temperate House, the area was extended to become one of the world’s finest woodland gardens. Further areas were added to include Herbaceous Borders and Rose Gardens, Peat Beds and a larger Bog Garden. Most recent additions have been the Jubilee Garden and bridge over the Lower Pond, a Dry Garden created in 1979 and a new Temperate House named for The Queen Mother and opened by The Queen in 1995.