The garden at Kingston Lacy

The colour in the gardens at Kingston Lacy is spectacular over the autumn months. Immerse yourself in the vibrant reds and oranges of the acers in the Japanese Garden, enjoy the bounty of harvest in the Kitchen Garden and look out for the peeling bark on the paperbark maples in the Nursery Wood.

Seasonal highlights

The seven acre Japanese Garden holds the jewel in the crown of Kingston Lacy's autumn colour.  Enjoy the spectacular reds and oranges of over 40 varieties of acer.  It is harvest time in the Kitchen Garden and our fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables is now on sale in the Produce Shop. The Nursery Wood is a great place to take your little ones to catch a falling leaf and see the peeling bark on the paperbark maples.

Work on two of our current restoration projects; the Parterre and the Kitchen Garden Vinery is now complete. 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. Come back next year to browse it's new interior.

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.

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. 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.