The Savill Garden in May

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.

The Casson Bridge crosses the Lower Pond. Obelisk bridge can be seen in the background

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.

Acer shoots in Spring display their brightly coloured, translucent leaves

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.

Planted in the Savill Garden in 1958 as a seedling of Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva'. On first flowering it was evidently a hybrid and named 'Eric Savill' It was given a Preliminary Commendation when exhibited at RHS in 1981 followed by an Award of Merit in 1986

The striking new Rose Garden, designed by Andrew Wilson, is now open. 28 different cultivars have been brought together to provide a stunning display.

The Savill Garden is awash with colour and is world renowned for its rhododendron, azalea and spring woodland displays. Spring Wood is a perennial favourite offering a fine show of rhododendrons and azaleas, with several of the rhododendron species forming part of our NCCPG National Collection. They have also begun a gradual replanting programme introducing certain selected rhododendron hybrids, originally bred towards the start of the twentieth century and now rarely seen in gardens.

One of the many colourful exotic lilies to be found in The Savill Garden

The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House is well worth a visit. In this historic year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,  a special carpet bedding scheme to be the centre piece of the seasonal display has been commissionedFormed from more than 5000 miniature plants, this centrepiece will depict the official Diamond Jubilee Logo.

Be sure not to miss the delights of the Hidden Gardens this month. There are many drifts of primula, iris and astilbes through the Bog Garden and the Peat Beds are packed with lots of little treasures.

The Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses are pruned hard in March to give a good show from July.

The Dry Garden awakens during May, offering inspirational plant combinations and interesting form. These summer flowering plants are particularly tolerant to dry conditions and once planted, can survive with little or no watering.

Work is well underway on the developments to Summer Wood. Extensive planting has taken place and visitors can expect to see a new hydrangea display from midsummer.

The Garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm with last entry at 4pm.