Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Britain's Savill Garden

The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Neither a botanical garden, nor a kitchen garden attached to a great house, it is a garden for the garden’s sake, enjoyed by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland.

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 many new plants over the years.

The Savill Garden is a place of constant discovery, and of hidden, interlocking gardens, containing distinctive planting groups including areas such as Spring Wood, The Summer Wood, The Hidden Gardens, The Summer Gardens, The Glades, Autumn Wood, The Azalea Walks and The New Zealand Garden. The Savill Garden mixes native and exotic species and has bred many important garden hybrids. Each ‘garden within a garden’ has its own attractions, and the gardens are ever-changing with every season bringing new colour and interest to delight the visitor.

The new Rose Garden is now open. The Rose Garden takes a fresh and contemporary approach to displaying roses and has been designed by Andrew Wilson of Wilson McWilliam Associates.
The design creates an intense sensory experience with roses especially chosen for their scent, strong colours and repeat flowering. As the deep aroma of the roses naturally rises, visitors will be able to enjoy the perfume at its best, together with stunning views, from a walk way which will, from a distance, appear to ‘float’ above the Rose Garden.

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