The garden at Kingston Lacy

A herbaceous border at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Throughout the summer the garden at Kingston Lacy really comes into its own. Take a wander to the Kitchen Garden where the herbaceous borders and vegetable patches are full of life and colour at this time of year. There will be plenty of summer splendour to take in along the way.

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. 

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.

Visit the newly restored Parterre to see summer bedding schemes inspired by the White Bedroom in the house.  

Early summer sees roses blooming in the Rose Garden and Baffle Border at Kingston Lacy
Early summer sees roses blooming in the Rose Garden and Baffle Border at Kingston Lacy
Early summer sees roses blooming in the Rose Garden and Baffle Border at Kingston Lacy

Guided garden tours

From the 23 April to the end of October, we offer a programme of free guided garden tours. These 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.Tours take place on several days each week, please ask at reception for times when you visit. 
 

Visitors enjoying a volunteer led guided tour of the garden at Kingston Lacy
Visitors enjoying a volunteer led guided tour of the garden at Kingston Lacy
Visitors enjoying a volunteer led guided tour of the garden at Kingston Lacy

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.

Take in the tranquility of the Japanese Garden
Japanese garden at Kingston Lacy
Take in the tranquility of the Japanese Garden

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. Autumn is a great time to see peeling bark on the paperbark maples.

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. This part of the garden is currently undergoing an extensive four year restoration project. You can find out more at the link below.

The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy is a hive of activity in the summer months
The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy is a hive of activity in the summer months
The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy is a hive of activity in the summer months