Garden

Garden of the rising sun

You can explore the Far East in our Japanese inspired garden © Arnhel de Serra

You can explore the Far East in our Japanese inspired garden

Step foot in the far east as you explore this seven-acre Japanese garden which was created in the early 1900s. Follow Lady Walk and look out for bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. Come in the spring for cherry tree blossom, or the autumn for flaming red Japanese maples.

An ancient treasure

Marvel at the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the garden © Arnhel de Serra

Marvel at the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the garden

This ancient 6.5m-high obelisk casts a shadow over Kingston Lacy’s south lawn, a monument the adventures of William Bankes, the ‘explorer’. Amazingly, the six tonne obelisk took 20 years to be shipped from Egypt to England, helped by the Duke of Wellington.

The fernery

Marvel at the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the garden © Richard Pink

Marvel at the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the garden

Why not explore the shaded fernery. Sheltered by yew trees, this early 1900s fernery is home to over 40 different types of fern, how many can you find? Visit in spring to see the fernery ablaze with vibrant colour with 30 different varieties of snowdrop.

Nursery Wood

A carpet of snowdrops in the foreground of Nursery Wood at Kingston Lacy © Richard Pink

A carpet of snowdrops in the foreground of Nursery Wood at Kingston Lacy

Follow Lime Avenue and you’ll find the arboretum known as Nursery Wood. This area bursts into life during the spring and summer months, with a spectacular display of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees.

Discover the flowers and vegetables growing in the Kitchen Garden © Teresa Evans

Discover the flowers and vegetables growing in the Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Don’t miss the kitchen garden, which in its hey day was second only to Kew Gardens. You can have a browse and see what’s growing this month and even pick up some fresh vegetables.

For families there’s plenty of space for picnics and children can play at being farmers on the old tractor.

Have a wander around our community growing spaces; specially designed for local residents and schools to have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food. See what’s in season and take home inspirational tips from the gardeners. You can also say hello to our chickens, and a variety of different pigs.

To book an educational visit get in touch
 

Discover the garden

Garden tours

Dainty clusters of small double rose-pink flowers at Kingston Lacy © Teresa Evans

Join the garden guides to see the seasonal colour, unlock the story of the formal gardens, learn about the Bankes’ family and experience the Japanese garden.

Tours run Tuesday to Sunday, looking out for the tour times on the board in the Rose Garden.

The garden at your fingertips

Dainty clusters of small double rose-pink flowers at Kingston Lacy © Hidcote Manor Garden

Discover the secrets of our gardens with our free, user friendly app. Explore the grounds with our annotated maps, augmented reality and extra QR code information.

Suitable for iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 plus

We recommend downloading the app before visiting as there is no internet access at Kingston Lacy.

New orchid house opens

The beautiful Victorian orchid house in the Kitchen Garden has been restored to its former glory.

Thanks to funding by Local Action Group Sowing Seeds and the East Dorset National Trust Association the brick and timber frames have been restored and the glasshouse is again brimming with an exotic variety of orchids.

Access for the less mobile

We regularly run tours of the park, gardens and wider estate by our specially adapted trailer which can take both wheelchairs and regular seats.

Scarecrow competition

The winning scarecrow design

Earlier this year we ran a competition with our allotment holders and local schools and community groups to design a scarecrow. We received a great range of entries, see the full range of pictures on our Facebook page.

St Catherine’s School took first place in the schools category with their 'Minion' inspired scarecrow.

The scarecrows will remain on display in the Kitchen Garden over the summer.
 

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