The gardens at Waddesdon Manor

Enjoy the gardens all year round with different bedding displays complimenting the seasons. From the iconic Parterre with its unique carpet bedding, to the statuary and fountains hidden within the grounds. Every season brings something new to enjoy with snowdrops and daffodils in spring, intricate summer bedding, the golden hues of autumn or the stark contrasts of winter.

Carpet bedding design

The Parterre is an iconic part of the gardens with nearly 19,000 plants making up the bedding display. Each year we choose a design for the carpet beds based on the collection, an exhibition or work of art. See this intricate bedding design from early June.


Pictures in plants

Watch our team of gardeners planting up the 2016 carpet bedding design, inspired by the Savonnerie carpet in the Red Drawing room.

A bright summer border in the garden in front of Waddesdon Manor

Garden tours

From March to October you can enjoy a free guided tour of the garden with one of our garden guides. Take in the highlights and learn more about the history of the garden. You'll see seasonal bedding and planting as well as sculpture and fountains. Every Wednesday and Friday, 2pm, meet outside the Manor gift shop.

Apollo Belvedere sculpture in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Art in the gardens

The 18th-century sculptures, carpet bedding displays and contemporary art pieces in our gardens are among the most distinctive features at Waddesdon Manor.

Did you know?
  • in 1874 when Baron Ferdinand originally bought the estate, the central hill was bare farmland
  • we have a magnificent collection of sculptures both historial and contemporary
  • the parterre contains over 19,000 bedding plants
  • our gardens are full of wildlife, spot timid muntjac and watch red kites soar over the rooftops
The Aviary garden and statue at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

A garden for all seasons 

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.

A group of volunteers stand in front of the Manor at Waddesdon

Become a garden volunteer

Do you love gardening? Have you ever thought about volunteering to help out in the garden at Waddesdon? We have over 300 volunteers who help us in all areas of the property and we welcome more.