The Parterre at Waddesdon Manor
In May and October of each year, our Head Gardener Paul Farnell and his team, create stunning displays using thousands of bulbs and plants.
Each spring and summer our head gardener and his team, with the help of our garden volunteers, plant up an intricate and colorful display of plants and bulbs. Grown for us by Kernock Park Plants in Cornwall, each bulb is planted by hand, by the time the team has finished we've planted nearly 19,000 in total.
What is a parterre?
A parterre is a formal type of garden, which has been created on a level surface, consisting of planted beds, which are usually in symmetrical patterns. These beds are separated and connected by gravel pathways and edged in stone or tightly clipped hedging. Some parterres don't actually contain any flowers.
Either side of the South Fountain on the parterre, sit two large beds. Following the restoration in 1994, the colour and design of the flowers in these beds links each year to our exhibitions inside the house.
Colours of the rainbow
Our colour scheme this year for the raised ribbon beds on the parterre is yellow and blue, with a large display of yellow and blue petunia, begonia, marigold, nemesia and salvia.