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Royal Landscape Gardens, Greater London

Savill Garden hidden garden Crown copyright The Royal Landscape Gardens consist of a thousand acres at the southern end of Windsor Great Park and are owned by the Crown Estate. There are three areas for visitors to enjoy.


The Savill Garden

Savill garden central ride Crown copyright The 35 acre Savill Garden was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill as an ornamental garden. It consists of woodland, classical ornamental gardens and contemporary gardens.

Savill Garden Casson Bridge over pond Crown copyright The woodland is made up of native oak, beech. and sweet chestnut trees. Plants are both native and exotic. The sections of the garden include the spring wood, summer wood, autumn wood, hidden gardens, summer gardens, azalea walks, the glades, and the New Zealand garden (reopened in 2007).

Savill Garden in winter Crown copyright The New Zealand garden has the largest collection, outside of New Zealand, of that country’s native plants. Look for cabbage palm, New Zealand broom, and spiky groups of silver-leaved astelias among many others.

Savill Garden the Jubilee Garden Crown copyright The temperate house is home to tender plants including South American ones and national collections of mahonia and rhododendron. The Savill garden provides interest in all seasons of the year.

The Valley Gardens

Valley Garden azaleas Crown copyright The 250 acres of the Valley Gardens, part of the Royal Landscape (a thousand acres at the southern end of Windsor Great Park owned by the Crown Estate) consist of woodland, meadows, and landscaped garden with exotic shrubs. There are pathways to wander and views from the northern shores of Virginia Water. The garden has been in existence since the mid 18th century and was developed further in the 1940s.

Valley Garden view Crown copyright Trees include native Scots pine and sweet chestnut, maples, cherries, Asiatic rowans, and sweet gums. In the garden you can see national collections of magnolia, mahonia, pernettya, rhododendron, Glenn Dale azaleas, hardy ferns, ilex and dwarf conifers. Visit in April and May to see the azaleas at their best. Daffodils, bluebells, heather, and hydrangeas add seasonal colour at other times.

Virginia Water

Virginia Water Crown copyright Virginia Water is man made. In the mid 18th century a woodland was planted around the water. At the south-west end of the lake is a farm plantation, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Virginia Water Cascade Crown copyright Enhancing the landscape is an 18th century ornamental cascade, a ‘Roman temple’ (built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna) and a 100-foot high totem pole from British Columbia, Canada.


Visiting the Royal Landscape Gardens

Savill Garden

Savill Visitor Building interior Crown copyright Windsor Great Park, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, 4 miles from Windsor Castle
Tel. 0 1784 43 544
Approach via the A30 from the south and west and by the A308 from the east and north. It is also close to the M25 (J13), M3 and M4. Look out for brown signs saying 'The Royal Landscape' or 'The Savill Garden'.
Open: March-end Oct, daily, 10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm); Nov-end Feb, 10am-4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
Savill Visitor Building; restaurant; shop; parking (fee charged)

The Valley Gardens

Savill Visitor Building exterior Crown copyright To visit: start at the Savill Visitor Building at the Savill Garden
Windsor Great Park, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, 4 miles from Windsor Castle
Tel. 0 1784 43 544
Open: year round, dawn to dusk, depending on seasonal Great Park opening hours.
Admission free on foot; car parking charge

Virginia Water

To visit: start at the Savill Visitor Building at the Savill Garden
Windsor Great Park, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, 4 miles from Windsor Castle
Tel. 0 1784 43 544
Open: year round, dawn to dusk, depending on seasonal Great Park opening hours.
Admission free on foot; car parking charge

Web: The Royal Landscape
All photos © Crown Copyright, used by permission.

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