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. In autumn enjoy the changes of colour with one of our walks or see the contrasts and stark beauty of winter.

A spider web in autumn covered on dew, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Autumn comes to the gardens 

Our garden looks very different throughout the seasons. In autumn, conkers fall from Horse Chestnut trees and leaves turn golden, scattering across the ground forming a blanket of colour.

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. This year it will show a section from the Savonnerie carpet which is on display in the Red Drawing room.  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.

Explore all our gardens

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.

John Craven leaning on a wall

John Craven loves Waddesdon 

John Craven of Countryfile fame, has visited lots of National Trust places over the years. He's chosen his favourite four properties and Waddesdon is top of his list. One of his most loved restaurants is the Five Arrows at the gates of the estate.

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.