It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
The Savill Garden is a tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world, arranged in stunning seasonal displays.
Since its creation in the 1930s, The Savill Garden has been an inspiration for all. This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends.
The 35 acres of interconnected gardens include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.
Sir Eric Savill first created this woodland garden in the 1930s, and since then many others have undertaken a tireless quest to add their own expertise and creativity. The Rose Garden in particular, designed by Andrew Wilson and opened by H.M. the Queen in 2010, is a magnificent addition. Visitors can wander the swirls of rose beds, and enjoy the perfume at its best from a central walkway.
Our gardening team are continually refreshing and renewing the plantings, displays and landscaping of The Savill Garden - pushing the boundaries of its design. Yet still respecting the legacy of Sir Eric Savill – founder of The Savill Garden and former Deputy Ranger of The Park – and the work he undertook with the support of George V and VI.
Plant hunters have journeyed across the globe to source these plants, and later to breed them into the familiar cultivars that we enjoy in the Garden today. From the vibrant summer blooms of Paeonia ‘Augstin d’Hour’ from China, to the clove-scented flowers of the Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, which come originally from the Himalayas and flower during the winter months.
The Garden has benefitted from a continuity of leadership with just three inspirational plantsmen having held the post of Keeper of the Gardens, Hope Finlay, John Bond and Mark Flanagan.
The Savill Garden never fails to offer our visitors something new and exciting to discover. From the original rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas planted by Sir Eric Savill, which continue to bloom here year after year - to the Queen Elizabeth rose, newly-planted to mark HM the Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch.
Each season brings with it something new, transforming the scene with fresh displays to explore. For more information about what you can see all year round, please visit our Seasonal Highlights section.
Our guide to the Garden Highlights indicates which flowers, plants and trees within The Savill Garden are most attractive at the moment, so you can plan your visit accordingly.
A wonderful compact selection of molinia that turns a beautiful golden yellow.
Spring snowflake from the Carpathian mountains has a yellow tipped petals in the Winter Garden.
One of the darkest barked birches in the Winter Garden, changes shades of brown as it ages.
A rich shade of golden orange flowers with a strongly fruity and spicy scent – displayed in the Peat beds
This inter specific hybrid strawberry tree has attractive cinnamon red bark. A lime tolerant species that is quite hardy, it flowers during late autumn and early winter.
One of several cultivars introduced recently to The Savill Garden's Winter beds.
Japanese Sedge produces evergreen foliage which turns lime-green to golden yellow and makes a vibrant addition to a winter garden.
Golden seed heads adds structure and interest on a sunny winter's day. Look in the Mediterranean Garden for other interesting types of seed head.
This is the original plant. Selected, named and now grown all over the world. One of many winter flowering mahonias growing along the back of the Summer House border.
Good display of flowers
Peak of display and looking spectacular
These useful links will help you to make the most of your visit to Windsor Great Park.
The Savill Garden is easily accessible, with a fairly even terrain that is suitable for both wheelchairs and buggies. For adult visitors with disabilities, we also allow an accompanying able-bodied companion to visit The Savill Garden free of charge, if you require. Disabled facilities, including toilets (accessible with a radar key) are clearly sign-posted in The Savill Building.
Dedicated parking spaces are available close to the entrance of The Savill Building, and we have a limited number of non-motorised wheelchairs available to borrow, for use in The Savill Garden and The Savill Building. Please note, wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. We do not have electric mobility scooters, but if you have your own then you are very welcome to use it.
There are plenty of clearly marked wheelchair accessible paths throughout the Garden, as well as several benches and seated areas where you can relax and enjoy the views. Please be aware, although the main circular route around the Garden is wheelchair accessible, there is a section with a slight descent and ascent when returning to The Savill Building, meaning that companions will need to be fit and able-bodied in order to push a wheelchair in these areas!
The award-winning Savill Building serves as a visitor centre for The Savill Garden and wider Great Park. It was opened in 2006 by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, Ranger of Windsor Great Park for almost 70 years. The wooden grid shell architecture, designed by Glenn Howells, was constructed from sustainable timber sources from within the Great Park.
Its undulating oak roof has been shaped to look like a rippling leaf, and blends seamlessly with the tall mature oak trees surrounding its perimeter. The Savill Building measures an impressive 90 metres long and has won a number of architectural awards - including the International Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design 2008, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional and National awards 2007.
Whether you're a keen horticulturist looking for inspiration, a dog owner who wants an unrivalled variety of short and longer walks, or a family looking for a place to enjoy nature and history there is a membership type to suit you.