Friday, 16 June 2017

WADDESDON MANOR (Part III): THE GARDENS



I'm a hayfever sufferer, and would greatly benefit from not being outdoors as much as possible. Trouble is, I do love being out in the woods or in the garden where I'm most susceptible to my number one allergen: pollen. Where I shouldn't be or spend too much time in is where I'm drawn to. 


I recently visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the end of May, which was both a visual delight and an immune system assault. My friend recently introduced me to David Austin Roses who is a major exhibitor at the show, and has bred a rose variant called 'Miss Alice' after Alice de Rothschild.  She can be found of course at Waddesdon Manor's Rose Garden which was a year-2000 addition to the garden attraction of the house. 


I did intend to see her, but it was like one of those parties where I got distracted by conversations with other guests (mind you, that's something big for me as I hate small talk), I failed to pay courtesy to the host and only realised it when I've left. 






The empty wine bottle tree






The Rothschilds are keen gardeners, from Baron Ferdinand's mother, Charlotte, to his sister Alice, and down to Lord Jacob Rothschild's daughter Beth, who's a trained horticulturalist. Although a French landscape architect designed the garden, the look and atmosphere are a mix of French formality and English romantic parkland. The extensive restoration and innovation have won Waddesdon garden the Europa Nostra Diploma in 2000 for 'the extraordinary re-creation with modern techniques of a major Victorian garden'. 



Part of the Parterre, which is the major attraction of the south side of the Manor. During World Wars I and II, the flowers were replaced by vegetables and hay. Today, the Parterre blooms with 110,000 perennial and annual plants maintained with the help of  automated irrigation systems. 





The Garden Department of Waddesdon has 9 full-time staff. They also maintain a trainee gardener scheme enabling students to spend a year at Waddesdon, then complete two more years in other gardens. There's also a volunteer programme for foreign students where they assist in cultivating the gardens.

If a garden is a proper permanent department in a Manor, it's no wonder that starting a horticulture hobby is so enormous for me I don't know exactly where to begin. 









Called the Frog Fountain,, there is no record as to why it has been called as such. The steps are quite majestic leading downwards to the park, and upwards to the Parterre.





















The Rose Gardern is located near the Aviary, and was planted in 2000, in the same year when 'Miss Alice' rose was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is circular and was created and planted with David Austin roses.


I was overwhelmed by the sight of the roses, it was difficult to pick the ones to take photos of. Here are some of the beauties.


































Waddesdon Manor hosts year-round and seasonal events such as food and performing arts festival, wine tasting, exhibits, garden parties, discovery talks, floristry workshops, meet-and-greet the avery keeper, artisan food market, wine cellars talk, and more. The Manor Restaurant can also be booked for traditional afternoon tea, or families can opt for ice cream and open sandwiches at the Stables Cafe.  



I'll surely be back for some of these events, and you're definitely coming with me.















If you missed the first two instalments of my visit to Waddesdon Manor, please click HERE and HERE


Bye for now, and have a lovely weekend!





Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
England
HP18 0JH






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