The garden at Kingston Lacy

Spring flowers at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

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 in the garden, followed by bluebells and wild garlic along Lime Avenue and in the parkland. 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.

The garden at Kingston lacy explodes with life and colour in the spring
The garden at Kingston lacy explodes with life and colour in the spring
The garden at Kingston lacy explodes with life and colour in the spring

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, 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. Visit the newly restored Parterre to see spring bedding schemes inspired by the Spanish Room in the house featuring red and pink bellis and tulips.  

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. Several tours take place each day, 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

Work on two of our current restoration projects; the Parterre and the Kitchen Garden Vinery is now complete. You can now see some beautiful spring 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.

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.

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