Kitchen Garden Vinery project
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 ongoing restoration of the Kitchen Garden we turned our attention to the Vinery. The Vinery was 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 has fallen into disrepair and as a result was taken down a few years ago. Since then we have been fundraising for its restoration and are delighted that we were able to complete the project at the end of 2018.
The restoration features a new timber frame which uses fixtures and fittings from the original glasshouse. It is the most recent of a number of projects and is the next phase in the ongoing work to gradually restore the Kitchen Garden to its appearance in the early years of the 20th century.
Despite the loss of the original Vinery glasshouse, some of the historic vines still remain, and these are being regrown in the new building whilst repairs to the existing glasshouses are taking place at the same time.
We are still collecting for the work taking place in the Kitchen Garden. 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.