The garden at Kingston Lacy

Winter in the garden is magical with frost underfoot and the sculptural bare branches of beautiful trees.

Seasonal highlights

At this time of year, you may spot chestnut leaved holly in the Japanese garden, Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' in Nursery Wood and the elegant cedars of Lebanon silhouetted against the sky. In December the early flowers in 'Three Ships' snowdrop begin to bloom in the fernery with more appearing in the garden and up Lime Avenue as January progresses. 

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?  From December until early February our tree ferns will be covered to protect them from the cold. Visit in spring to see the fernery ablaze with vibrant colour and 30 different varieties of snowdrop.

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.

The garden at your fingertips

Discover the secrets of our gardens with our free, user friendly app. Explore the grounds with our annotated maps, augmented reality and extra QR code information.

Suitable for iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 plus

We recommend downloading the app before visiting as there is no internet access at Kingston Lacy.


Kingston Lacy - Growing Spaces

Find out about our Growing Spaces project. We offered some of the garden at Kingston Lacy to people and schools to grow their own vegetables and flowers.