Gardens of Windsor Great Park

Situated in the south-east corner of the Great Park this much visited area provides rich and varied scenery. Virginia Water lake and its surrounding Georgian landscape of woodland, glades and forest rides is the centrepiece within which two internationally famous gardens - the Savill and Valley Gardens - were created in the twentieth century.

The Rose Garden, The Savill Garden
The Savill Building in twilight

Developed under the patronage of kings and queens, The Savill Garden was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. It began as a woodland garden, with native oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees, but has since evolved by incorporating other plant species.

The Savill Garden comprises a series of interlocking gardens, containing distinctive areas.

These include:

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

The garden mixes native and exotic species and has bred many important garden hybrids. Each garden within the garden has its own attractions, and they change appearance throughout the seasons bringing new colour and interest to delight the visitor.

Recent work has seen the construction of the multi-award winning Savill Building visitor centre, important restoration work to key features of the landscape, and new and exciting horticultural developments such as the Savill Garden's rose garden, officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in June 2010.

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Windsor Great Park