Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Snowdrop and cyclamen at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk through the Kingston Lacy gardens from late January onwards and you will find carpets of brilliant white. Enjoy the annual spectacle of over six million snowdrops in bloom - a welcome sign that spring is on its way.

Spotting snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

The best time to see the snowdrops at Kingston Lacy is from late January to the end of February. The Victorian fernery is a good place to start where, nestled between the sleeping tree ferns, snowdrops carpet the beds around the twisty paths. With fun names like ‘Ding Dong’ and ‘Heffalump’ the Fernery is home to over 35 different varieties.

More of these diamond-white flowers can be spotted along the Lime Avenue and on to Lady’s Walk, where Henrietta Bankes, a passionate horticulturalist, first had her gardener plant snowdrops in the early 1900s. 

The Japanese garden is also a great place for snowdrops as they carpet the banks either side of the path. The juxtaposition of the bamboo and traditional snowdrops is unique in this National Trust garden. 

As the snowdrop is one of the first bulbs to flower in the gardening calendar this spectacle marks the start of the spring colours. We are looking forward to the sprouting daffodils and bluebells then the colourful hyacinths and tulips that will begin to fill the garden in the coming months. In total over 50,000 bulbs emerge during this special time of year. 

There will be over 40 different species of snowdrop on display this year for the avid galanthophile to spot. The gardens are open daily from 10am-4pm.

Carpets of snowdrops in the Japanese Garden at Kingston Lacy
Snowdrops in the Japanese Garden at Kingston Lacy
Carpets of snowdrops in the Japanese Garden at Kingston Lacy

Did you know that bees love snowdrops? They're a vital source of nectar early in the year when not many other plants are in flower. By planting snowdrops, you'll be building on the eco-system this vital species calls home, so look out for snowdrops for sale in the shop as you explore, so you can take a bit of inspiration from your day out and help nature in the process. 

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Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Walk through the Kingston Lacy gardens from late January to the end of February and you will see carpets of brilliant white. With over 40 varieties of snowdrop, the spectacular display at Kingston Lacy is a welcome sign that spring is on its way.