Kitchen Garden Vinery project

Kingston Lacy Vinery

The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy was considered a highlight of the garden by former owners Walter and Henrietta Bankes and was in its zenith in the late 19th and early 20th century. Here the family showcased the latest in garden technology in the extensive heated glasshouses where they grew the best fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs alongside exotic flowers to decorate the house. So renowned was the Kitchen Garden that Queen Victoria sent her gardeners to Kingston Lacy to learn their craft.

Since 2009 the National Trust has been securing funding to bring Walter Bankes’ dream Victorian Kitchen Garden back to life. Exotic species of orchid, once displayed by the family, are now thriving in the orchid house and the flower garden has been restored to its original design.

 As part of the work we restored the Vinery, an ornamental glasshouse originally constructed by J Weeks and Co in 1879/9. It formed the top of the quadrangle with the ornamental show houses but had fallen into disrepair and been taken down. We were delighted to rebuild it in 2018, with a new timber frame but using fixtures and fittings from the original glasshouse.

The Vinery at Kingston Lacy before the restoration project began
The Vinery in the Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy
The Vinery at Kingston Lacy before the restoration project began

Despite the loss of the original Vinery glasshouse, some of the historic vines still remain, and these are being regrown in the new building.

The new timber frame uses fixtures and fittings from the original glasshouse
Kingston Lacy Vinery
The new timber frame uses fixtures and fittings from the original glasshouse

The Kitchen Garden is still a work in progress. You can donate online on our appeal page below or by popping any spare chnage into the donation boxes in the Kitchen Garden. Anything you give helps us to look after special places like Kingston Lacy for ever, for everyone.