Gardens to visit

IMG_1290The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens, a lovely place to visit. Even though the car park was full to the brim of cars, the garden seemed empty when walking around the 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland.  It is very much a garden for a gardens sake, and a great place to walk around if you are an enthusiastic horticulturalist or just enjoy being in a lovely green space.  It was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill, under the patronage of the king. 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.  The garden has something for every part of the year…. the Spring Wood, The Summer Wood, IMG_1318The Hidden Gardens, The Summer Gardens, The Glades , Autumn Wood, The Azalea Walks and The New Zealand Garden.  The Summer Gardens look pretty amazing at the moment, as does the Golden Jubilee garden. IMG_1417IMG_1462IMG_1354


This garden was created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920’s and the the blue colour used throughout the garden has been patened… Marjorelle blue.  Marjorelle also collected plants,  and the resulting garden is extraordinary, water is a very important feature throughout, it has marble pools, banana trees, fab succulents, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas.  After years of neglect, the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre BergeMarjorelle potsMarjorelle blueMarjorelle blue potMarjorelle blue houseLily pond