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.
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.
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.
- 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