Gardens

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Gardens

Spring delights

As we open for the main season, the daffodils are in full bloom with some snowdrops still appearing.

Take a stroll, see the birds and breathe in the smell of freshly cut grass.

Garden map

Take a stroll around the grounds as part of the Great British Walk 

Winding paths take in Victorian planting, sculptures and often exhibitions; there is a lot to see. Download our garden map before your visit to ensure you don't miss out.

50 things

50 things to do before youre 11¾ © National Trust

Build a den, run around in the rain and fly a kite are all just a few things you can do on the 50 things list. Download the list and start ticking things off here today.

History

Gardeners at Waddesdon c1800

In 1874 when Baron Ferdinand originally bought the estate, the central hill was bare farmland.

The levelled crown of the hill was then transformed into planted formal gardens and mature trees.

 

Wildlife

Picture of a Red Kite in flight

Our gardens are full of wildlife. Hunt for bugs, spot timid muntjac and watch out for the badgers digging up our lawns.

See if you can spot a red kite soaring over the rooftops of the manor.

The Parterre

The beautiful Parterre on the south front of the manor © Richard Byrant

You might be attracted to the Parterre by the riot of colour. Today made up of nearly 19,000 plants, they are changed twice a year, in May and October.

 

Carpet bedding

Carpet bedding being laid on the Parterre  © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The design and colour of two large beds on the Parterre have different themes every year, linking the gardens to exhibitions in the collections.

Rose garden

Miss Alice Rose from the garden at Waddesdon © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The rose garden is a tribute to Miss Alice who laid out the original garden, planted with 600 roses chosen for their flowering, scent and colour.

Fountains

The South Fountain on the Parterre at Waddesdon © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

With striking jets of water, the north and south fountains were once part of an original piece designed by Guiliano Monza for a ducal palace near Parma.

What are we working on?

Members of the local community planting trees for the Diamond Wood project © ©Waddesdon Manor, The National Trust

Members of the local community planting trees for the Diamond Wood project

The woodlands in and around Waddesdon play an important role in defining our landscape and are managed under a 10-year forestry plan.

The latest project, which started in 2012, is the creation of a 60-acre woodland area. Local members of the community were invited to plant trees to mark HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Eventually the area will be a diverse habitat for flora and fauna and will be open for the public to view.

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