The garden at Kingston Lacy

As the weather warms up the garden at Kingston Lacy springs into life. Enjoy an abundance of colour with the emergence of over 20,000 bulbs at this special time of year.

Seasonal highlights

Throughout spring look out for the daffodils, followed by bluebells and wild garlic on Lime Avenue. Lady’s Walk and Nursery Wood enjoy an abundance of daffodils and head to Woodland Edge for blue Camasia.  Discover the vibrant red and orange tulips complemented by red wall flowers in the South Terrace borders and enjoy the blue, white and purple hyacinths in the Sunk Garden. Other highlights include cherry blossom in the Japanese Garden and apple blossom in the Kitchen Garden and wider estate orchards.

A bounty of bulbs

Over the last 5 years over 20,0000 bulbs have been planted in the garden at Kingston Lacy. These include tulips, muscari and daffodils in the blue and white border, scalia’s in the rose garden and daffodils and snowdrops in Lime Avenue and Lady’s walk and Nursery Wood. In addition the gardening team have planted 8000 crocuses in the Kitchen Garden Orchard and created new tulip and wallflower displays in the south terrace borders. Hyacinths have also been planted in the newly restored Parterre and Sunk Garden.

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.