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.

Spring in the gardens

Following winter, spring brings a longed for burst of colour to the gardens. From February through to May snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and tulips pepper the garden with spots of colour. Some of the tree species begin to flower in late spring, bringing colour to the tree tops as well as on the ground.

Daffodil valley

A sure sign spring is coming are early flowering daffodils. See a carpet of different yellow tones run down the valley, created with lots of daffodil varieties. You'll find Daffodil Valley as you head in the direction of the Aviary.

What you can see in March

The formal bedding on the Parterre will be looking its best. Primroses and cowslips look pretty down Baron's walk and Tay Bridge. Early flowering daffodils provide a swathe of yellow tones down Daffodil Valley. Follow the Winter Garden walk and you'll see crocus poking their heads above ground. From mid-March spring snowflakes (leucojum) will be on show if you follow the walk which loops below the Parterre.

What you can see in April

April is the perfect time to visit if you love tulips. Over 30,000 tulips form a colourful display in the Aviary garden. Darwin tulips have been planted by pupils from local schools. In the grassed areas around the grounds different species tulips have been planted. And just beyond the Stables in Tulip Patch we've planted lots more tulips to provide colour and an impressive display. In the Stables courtyard, local schools have created a Tulip Theatre.

What you can see in May

The tulip varieties in the Aviary garden will still look beautiful, as will the Parterre and formal bedding. Horse Chestnut trees will start to flower, providing colour in the tree tops as well as on the ground. Soft and delicate Alliums will provide interest on the way to the Rose Garden.

A baby bird in the Aviary at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Spring baby birds at Waddesdon

March is the start of the breeding season in our aviary, the spectacled laughingthrush will be one of the first species to nest build. We also start to spring clean and tidy each flight and make sure the metalwork and goldleaf isn't damaged.

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.

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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.

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.