Savill Garden

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View of the elevated walkway in the new rose garden at Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park
The front of the Savill Building – entrance to the garden.
The Savill Building from the garden.
The wooden Gridshell roof from inside the building.

The Savill Garden is an enclosed part of Windsor Great Park in England, created by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930s. It is managed by the Crown Estate and charges an entrance fee.[1] The garden includes woodland, ornamental areas and a pond. The attractions include the New Zealand Garden, the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House and trees planted by members of the Royal Family. In June 2010, a new contemporary rose garden designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam of Wilson McWilliam Studio [2] was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.[3]

Eric Savill (1895–1980) was the grandson of Alfred Savill the founder of a large firm of estate agents and was involved in managing Windsor Great Park from 1930 to 1970, being Director of Gardens from 1962 to 1970. He opened the Savill Garden to the public in 1951 and left it as a heritage to the nation.[4]

In June 2006, a specially designed new visitor centre, the Savill Building by Glenn Howells Architects[5] was opened. The timber for the floor and roof came from the Windsor Estate.[6]

The Savill Gardens and the nearby Valley Gardens are Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Royal Landscape – Opening Times and Charges
  2. ^ Bradley Hole, Katherine. "At sea among the roses". Country Life, December 2010, p. 98-102.
  3. ^ "The design philosophy and planting of the new Rose Garden at The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park". The Royal Landscape.
  4. ^ "Surveyors through history: Sir Eric Savill". Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Retrieved Aug 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Glenn Howells Architects, UK.
  6. ^ The Royal Landscape – Building Facts and Figures
  7. ^ Historic England, "The Royal Estate Windsor: Savill Gardens and Valley Gardens (1001176)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 February 2016

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Coordinates: 51°25′45″N 0°35′56″W / 51.4291°N 0.5990°W / 51.4291; -0.5990