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Gardens

Designed for Baron Ferdinand's guests, Waddesdon's gardens are now enjoyed by all visitors for their beauty and calm.

Those who visit us frequently might be surprised at the appearance of some areas of the Garden. We are working with a small dedicated team of gardeners and due to the impact of the pandemic it is taking slightly longer to carry out our bedding changeover. We are working our way back to the usual high standards in some areas of the gardens.

Our garden maintenance over the last year has seen some encouraging conservation benefits. Wildflowers have flourished, and many areas are enjoying a less intensive horticultural approach. This is a new way of gardening for us, and long-term, it will do the garden a lot of good.

Looking good in the garden right now: wildflower meadows and rose garden

The parterre

The gardens online

Discover the story of the gardens as well as special highlights with online trails, blogs and films.

Enjoy a virtual wander

Glimpse the gardens on film

The gardens were the vision of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, who created the Manor at the end of the 19th century. What began as a bare hill in 1874, is now an exceptional example of Victorian horticulture including formal gardens, trees and walks.

Watch this short video to see highlights throughout the changing of the seasons.