Discover the gardens at Waddesdon

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.

 

Sustainability in the gardens

Those who visit us frequently might be surprised at the appearance of some areas of the Garden. Waddesdon is investing in a more sustainable horticultural and garden management plan, reducing waste, replanting bulbs, using green manures and dedicating vast areas of the grounds to wildflower meadows.

We are in a period of transition and while the gardens may not be as polished as in previous years, they are healthier, more environmentally friendly and are gearing up for some incredible late summer colour.

Read more about the changes in the gardens >

The Parterre

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. 

Please note: the Parterre is currently being planted up by our gardeners. The bedding changeover usually takes 6 weeks and this year, due to the impact of the pandemic it is taking slightly longer. We are working our way back to the usual high standards in some areas of the gardens.

Once planted, visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and smell of herbaceous plants, including lavender, salvia, nemesia, verbena and diascia. In the outer beds, see roses and in the scroll beds rose petals created by plants link to the Nick Knight exhibition in the Coach House gallery.

There will not be the usual carpet bedding design on the Parterre, instead the bed will be planted up with a mixture of lavender, ornamental sage and bright yellow ground cover.

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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.

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.