Outing to The Savill Garden – 24th June 2014

Biddenham Gardeners Association – 2nd Outing of 2014

Twenty three members of the BGA travelled by coach to Surrey to visit the acclaimed Savill Gardens, part of ‘The Royal Landscape’
Developed from un unused area of Windsor Great Park, this immense 35 acre garden was the developed by Sir Eric Savill and his staff. and in 1951 George VI decreed that the ‘bog garden’ should be known as the Savill Garden.
Too large to absorb in a single visit, the garden comprises an immense variety of planting and features that attracts visitor throughout the year and its 4 seasons.  In June the main attraction would normally be the June & Herbaceous borders, the Rose garden and the Golden Jubilee Garden. This year everything has been forward and the roses in particular were not perhaps at their best. However there was much to see and appreciate, another visit beckons perhaps in the future …

An enjoyable lunch in the Savill building was followed by a short journey to embark on our afternoon boat trip on the Thames and afternoon cream tea. It was interesting to see recent developments as a result on the adverse weather related conditions suffered along this and many other stretches of the Thames.  Of special note, the thatched cottage was once the home of actress Beryl Read OBE (1919 – 1996)

On our return to Biddenham we were greeted by some much needed rain!

Ron Bessey

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