Art in the garden
The 18-century sculptures, carpet bedding displays and contemporary art pieces in our gardens are among the most distinctive features at Waddesdon Manor.
Baron Ferdinand used 18th-century sculpture to create points of interest or to frame views in the gardens of the manor. The sculpture in the two fountains at Waddesdon came from the palace of the Dukes of Parma.
Miss Alice de Rothschild is credited with introducing sculpture made out of living plants to the gardens. Her bird has been recreated near the Aviary and our carpet bedding birds are a recurring summer attraction for visitors.
Carpet bedding in action
The Rothschilds were pioneers of carpet bedding, using close-growing plants to create ‘pictures in plants’. The large beds around the South Fountain are planted each year with designs inspired by exhibitions in the house.
Watch this short animated film showing how we create a picture in plants.
Today, our 18th-century statues are joined by contemporary sculpture including Lafite, our two giant candlesticks by Joana Vasconcelos, adorned with Château Lafite Rothschild wine bottles, and Le Carrosse by Xavier Veilhan depicting a red charging horse-drawn carriage.