Posted by: marymarthatours | April 8, 2014

Spring at the Savill Gardens

It’s been a long, snowy winter in Minnesota, and spring has been slow to get here.  So for the Minnesota travelers on the upcoming Spring Gardens of Cornwall & Devon Tour, arriving in England in the midst of a glorious springtime will be wonderful.  Our very first stop on the tour, the Savill Gardens – just a few minutes from Heathrow Airport – will offer not only delights for the eye but healing for our winter-weary souls.

new_spring, from Savill

This 35 acre woodland garden within Windsor Great Park was created in the 1930’s by Sir Eric Savill, who started by developing a boggy area of the Park.  Encouraged by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Savill extended the garden area to include a woodland, ornamental areas, and a pond.  The entire garden was simply known as The Bog Garden.  In 1951, King George ordered that the name be changed to the Savill Garden, and in 1955 Sir Eric was knighted.  The most recent additions to the gardens include a Dry Garden in 1979, a Temperate House named for The Queen Mother in 1995, and a contemporary rose garden opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.

upper_pond_in_May, from Savill

The main garden areas at Savill Gardens include:

  • The Hidden Garden
  • The Summer Gardens
  • The New Zealand Garden
  • The Spring Wood
  • The Summer Wood
  • The Glades
  • The Autumn Wood
  • The Azalea Walks

We’ll enter the Garden through the new visitor centre, built in 2006.  This undulating structure, which looks like a bird in flight, incorporates timber harvested from the Windsor Estate in both the roof and the floor.   If we don’t spend all our time in the gardens themselves, we can find lunch and shopping facilites in the visitor centre.  Everyone will get a map of the gardens, and for our late April visit we will want to head for the Spring Wood and the Azalea Walks.  We should expect to see carpets of daffodils and dwarf bulbs, Camellias, Magnolias, Cherries, Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

FMcLeod_Spring, from Savill

For a preview of our visit to the Savill Garden, click here to go to the Savill Garden Website.  At the bottom of the home page is a link to a video entitled, ‘The Savill Garden in Spring’.  Sit back and enjoy a few minutes of springtime loveliness.  My thanks to the Savill Garden for permission to use the images accompanying this blog.

(by Mary)



  1. WOW!!!

    Sent from my iPad

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