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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.

Parterre fountain

Rockwork online trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our first interactive trail. Explore our Pulham rockwork with this new digital feature which allows you to select a map or list as a starting point to explore the grounds and gardens.

Try out the Pulham trail >

North Avenue and Fountain

North Fountain, Waddesdon Manor

The entry drive curves around the central hill to end at the North Fountain and reveal the first view of the impressive façade. Major earthworks were needed to level the top of the ‘misshapen cone’ to create the majestic entry to the house. In creating his ‘instant garden’, Baron Ferdinand planted four avenues of mature oak trees. Disease and age have resulted in the new planting of English oaks in 2008.

Contemporary sculpture

A new home for Lafite

Lafite the bottle sculptures by Joana Vasconcelos have now moved from the North Front to a new home at The Dairy.

You can read more about Lafite here >

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.

Two large outdoor sculptures shaped like candlesticks consisting of a metallized and themo-lacquered iron structure adorned with Château Lafite Rothschild wine bottles lit from inside with ultra-light LEDs.

There are more modern artworks in the grounds at Windmill Hill and Flint House if you want to walk further afield in the estate.

Discover Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill map 2015 PDF

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