A year in the garden at Waddesdon
Our garden looks so different over the seasons. From the stark beauty of winter to the vibrant colours of summer, there's always something for you to enjoy whenever you decide to visit.
Find out what you can see month by month in the garden this year.
Open at weekends only. See the stark beauty of winter in the garden and enjoy long winter walks and warming up with hot chocolate from the coffee bar.
Open at weekends only. The trees may be bare and the days shorter, but bring the dog for long walks through the grounds.
The garden is beginning to wake from its winter sleep. Scillas will be flowering and colour will be creeping into the spring bedding displays. Early daffodils will be showing colour. Winter interest plants, that can be found on the way to Tay Bridge featuring colourful stemmed and winter flowering shrubs, will be looking good.
Spring bedding will be in full flower, with the parterre bedding a mixture of white bellis and blue myosotis. At the Aviary we'll have a display of white bellis, bronze wallflowers, tulips and blue myosotis. The rest of the garden will be a profusion of wallflowers, primroses and polyanthus. Daffodil Valley, Tay Bridge and Tulip Patch will be full of daffodils.
Cascade Bank will be looking good with spring flowering shrubs. Late May is our bedding changeover time with ornamental beds being planted up with summer bedding. This year there will be an explosion of colour with orange, yellow, lime green and purple on the Parterre. Some colour from bluebells and lily of the valley will be in other areas of the garden. The trees will begin to burst into leaf.
The theme for our carpet bedding is inspired by The Rothschild Collection and exhibitions. This year's design takes inspiration from a painting by Eliot Hodgkin of auriculas. The painting can be seen in the exhibition 'Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered' in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables. The 3D birds will be planted with 1,000 tiny carpet bedding plants and will begin to fill out and settle in. Exotic planting will be filling out Tropical Mound and the Bachelor's Wing, and in the trial beds we will give a taster of future bedding schemes. The Rose garden will be full of flower and scent.
July and August
The ornamental beds will be looking their best during these two months, and the water plants and marginals in Frog Fountain will also be looking good.
In Tropical Mound and the Bachelors' Wing the bedding will still be looking good. Autumn crocus, Colchium speciosum ' Album' will be in full flower on the Parterre. In late September conkers begin to fall from our Horse Chestnut trees.
Winter bedding changeover begins, we pull out the summer plants and plant up spring bulbs and flowering plants. The leaves on the trees will change to deep, magnificient golden hues.
November and December
The garden hibernates for the winter. The Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge shows colours of cornus together with a variety of winter flower shrubs. Varigated hollies and evergreen shrubs round the garden give it depth in the winter. Christmas trees and light sculpture end our year in the garden.