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 worked with a tiny dedicated team of gardeners during spring and summer 2020 and were not able to plant our usual bedding displays, instead we focused on general maintenance and keeping the trees healthy.
There are some encouraging conservation benefits. Wildflowers flourished, and many areas are enjoying a less intensive horticultural approach. The formal Parterre and Aviary gardens were planted with green manures, allowing for deep mulching. This is a new way of gardening for us, and long-term, it will do the garden a lot of good.
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.
On arrival buy one of our doubled-sided illustrated maps. On one side a mindfulness map designed by artist Bek Cruddace highlights peaceful spots, and on the other a dog map designed by artist Debbie Ryder, points out all the key areas to enjoy with your dog.
£2 from the Welcome Pavilion