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.

Kitchen garden

Come and touch taste and smell at demo plots in the kitchen gardens © National Trust

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.

Community growing spaces

Learn how to grow your own produce in our Community Growing Spaces © Mike Henton

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

What type of scarecrow will you create? © Andrew Butler

What type of scarecrow will you create?

Scarecrow competition

Are you part of a school who would like to be creative?

Enter our scarecrow competition to win some great prizes. The scarecrows can be of any size or shape, the only limitation is your imagination.

Find out more (pdf) about the competition and download (pdf) an entry form.

All entry forms must be received by 30 April.

 

Stretch your legs and explore the ground

Explore the gardens around Kingston Lacy and you’ll discover a number of scenic trails through the surrounding woodland.

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.

Information at your fingertips

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

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