The garden at Kingston Lacy

Summer in the garden at Kingston Lacy means an abundance of life, colour and produce. Enjoy taking in the sights, sounds and scents of this wonderful season when you next visit.

Seasonal highlights

Throughout the summer look out for beautiful bedding displays in the Sunk Garden and delightful Dahlias which will fill the South Terrace in front of the house. June is the month for Roses with their delicious scent filling the air in the Rose Garden.

The Kitchen Garden is not to be missed over the summer months as the vegetable patches and herbaceous borders become full of life and colour. You can even grab some of our home grown produce to take home for dinner at the produce shop!

Lime avenue becomes a hive of activity as our bees collect pollen from the trees as they flower. Look out for the resulting jars of Kingston Lacy honey in the Shop over the summer months.

Work on two of our current restoration projects; the Parterre and the Kitchen Garden Vinery is nearing completion. You can now see some beautiful bedding displays in the new and improved flower beds in the Parterre and the historic vines coming back to life under the warmth of the new glass in the Vinery. Every time you visit, buy a raffle ticket or purchase a book from our second hand bookshop, you help us complete important restoration projects like this. Thank you.

Guided garden tours

From mid-March to October, we offer a programme of free guided tours. The tours are not purely horticultural based, but also cover the history of the gardens and stories of the family.

Run by knowledgeable volunteers, these tours will search out the best that the seasons have to offer and bring the gardens, both past and present, to life. The tours run every day including weekends. See the board in the Rose Garden for times each day.

Garden of the rising sun

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

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 9 years to be shipped from Egypt to England, helped by the Duke of Wellington.

The Fernery

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?  

Nursery Wood

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

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.

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.