Winter Weekends at Waddesdon 2014

  |  Published: Jan 8th 2014

What better way to spend a frosty morning or afternoon than in the grounds of Waddesdon. The grounds look spectacular in all seasons and we have a wealth of striking plants and shrubs out at this time of year, offering a wealth of vibrancy, energy, texture and colour.

The stark skeletal beauty of the deciduous trees contrast markedly with evergreens, trees and shrubs throughout the garden at Waddesdon.

The Victorians knew the value of evergreens and what they can offer the garden through the winter months. The clipped cloud shaped box below the Parterre has a simplistic beauty when rimmed with hoarfrost. The many different textures and leaf forms of the evergreen plants planted round the Manor create a textured delight to the eye. The large leaf of the hardy Fatsia japonica with its large shiny dark green leaves give a subtropical effect, great for the winter months and contrast so well with the smaller leafed box and holly planted round the Manor.

Winter flowering shrubs tend to be heavily scented to attract the more hardy and adventurous insects that are abroad during the winter months, plants like, Chimonathus praecox (Winter Sweet), Sarcococca chinensis (Christmas Box) and Viburnum farreri all have fragrant flowers and can be found on our short winter walk.

January is the month of Snowdrops, signalling winter is almost at an end. They feature in several areas of the garden and perhaps the boldest display is along Baron’s Walk where thousands of Snowdrops have been planted over the years but you can find them at the top of Daffodil Valley and on our short winter walk.

Winter Weekends 2014

Why not warm up with an afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant (pre-bookable online with 15% discount) or pick up a hot drink from our conveniently located coffee bar? We have our usual range of delicious nibbles to full meals to tempt you during your visit.

Our plant centre as usual will be open seven days a week.

You will be able to browse and pick up a bargain in the Manor shop with a sale of our extensive winter season and Christmas range.

We also have a fantastic range of events through the winter season, please see


Highlights include:

St Valentine’s afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant. Sun the 9th and 16th Feb. £16.50

Knights’ and Princesses’ week at the Coach House Sat 15-Sun 23 Feb. 11am-4pm. £2

Family cookery school Thu 20 and Fri 21 Feb 9.30-1.30 with lunch, 2.00-5.30 with afternoon tea. £20. Suitable for 7-11yr olds.


Cookery demonstrations 10.30am-4pm. £45

Fri 7 Feb: The art of afternoon tea

Fri 28 Feb: Coffee and cake

Fri 7 Mar: Cooking with fish and seafood

Fri 14 Mar: The dinner party

Build your knowledge of kitchen skills alongside our team of chefs and bakers with techniques to try at home.


To book for any of the above please ring: 01296 653226 or book online.

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