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A Visit to the Savill Garden

AndrewR

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The Savill Garden is a part of Windsor Great Park and only a few miles from Bracknell. It was started by Eric Savill (who was later knighted), a surveyor and manager of the Windsor Crown Estate in the 1930s. On her first visit to the fledgling garden, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother remarked it was “quite small” – Savill took this as a green light to expand, and the garden now covers 35 acres.

With its acid soil and woodlands, the garden is famous for its rhododendrons, magnolias, hydrangeas, and many rare plants. But there is also a rose garden, gravel garden, herbaceous borders, and a New Zealand Garden.

Coloured stems and early bulbs are much in evidence early in the season. These trees have been planted near the entrance but are one of the few plants not to bear a label

The stems of dogwoods and willows are much in evidence near the lake and bog garden

The New Zealand Garden always looks good, even when there are no flowers

In some places, bulbs have been planted under trees which have naturalised over the years. Here it’s narcissus cyclamineus

And here narcissus bulbocodium and crocus have mingled

Always on the look out for unusual plants, I came across lyonothamnus floribundus subsp aspleniifolius planted against a south facing wall

As it becomes a tree, it won’t fit in my garden, so I will have to go to the Savill Garden again to see how it develops.

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Thank you for showing us this garden. Don't the Dogwoods colour up nicely at this time of year.

6 Mar, 2016

 

Lovely colours, lovely trees.

6 Mar, 2016

 

How lovely to see those carpets of bulbs.The QM might be surprised if she could see the results of her comment!

6 Mar, 2016

 

How lovely, thankyou Andrew a garden I would never see without you sharing.....

7 Mar, 2016

 

Is this garden open to the public Andrew ? Might be useful for members to know times etc........

7 Mar, 2016

 

Yes, it is Diane. Details can be found at:
http://www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/visit/opening-times-charges

7 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks Andrew for showing this garden, another one worth visiting...

7 Mar, 2016

 

DD - I might visit more often as it's close to where I live, but the entry fee is a bit steep.

7 Mar, 2016

 

Hi Andrew, this may sound a silly question, but are they planning on leaving that Lyonothamnus where it is?, I know it's only frost hardy, and needs the shelter of a wall, but I would have thought it a bit too close to the wall, for a tree that will get to about 40ft x 20, in 15 to 20 years, Derek.

8 Mar, 2016

 

Derek - it looks as if it has been there a year or two, so they may be thinking of training it as a wall shrub. Like you, I was surprised on Googling it to find how large it would get.

8 Mar, 2016

 

I love this garden, but have only visited in the summer, so it's great to see it in March - thanks!

19 Mar, 2016

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