The Savill Garden and Valley Gardens
At the height of spring, we invite you to join us for an unrivalled opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight into two great, Grade I listed gardens, created by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930s and developed under Royal patronage.
After morning coffee, expert plantsman John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens, will be our guide as we visit The Valley Gardens – an idyllic expression of an English woodland garden. Set within a spectacular, naturally undulating landscape it features magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas. John is responsible for not only the Savill Garden and Valley Gardens but also Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore. Also on hand will be Patricia Craven, Supervisor of the Valley Gardens, to tell us about some of the latest projects and challenges in managing such a large woodland garden, which extends to over 250 acres.
Following a delicious lunch on the estate (in a marquee if weather permits; otherwise in the restaurant) John Anderson will take us on a guided tour around the 35-acre Savill Garden with its Supervisor, Michelle Cleave. It features a wonderful collection of plants, threaded through interlinking spaces including the Spring Wood, Spring Meadow, New Zealand Garden, Azalea Walk, two lakes with associated bog garden and the Temperate House. We are also fortunate to have gold medal winning garden designer and former RHS judge Andrew Wilson with us. He will show us around the contemporary Rose Garden, which he designed here with his former business partner Gavin McWilliam, and explain how it was conceived and developed.
We will end our day with a delicious afternoon tea followed by an opportunity to explore the shop and plant nursery.
Tickets £135, Friends £120
10.00am start at Egham train station OR at 10.15am at The Savill Garden car park (TW20 0UJ). Please advise at time of booking if you require collection from the train station or if you require a free parking space at The Savill Garden, which must be booked in advance through us. The day includes morning coffee, a seasonal two-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea.
Finish time: 4.30pm*
*Finish times are approximate – please allow for flexibility at the end of the day.
This event has been organised by the Garden Museum’s Garden Visits committee. We recommend you read our Garden Visits Attendee Charter and Refund/exchange policy before booking your place on any of our Garden Visits.