Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Snowdrop and cyclamen at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk through the Kingston Lacy gardens from January onwards and you will find carpets of brilliant white. Enjoy the annual spectacle of more than 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 mid January to the end of February, though the earliest varieties flower from the end of December. The Victorian fernery is a good place to start, where raised beds mean you can get up close and personal with snowdrops nestled between the sleeping tree ferns and accompanied by other winter blooms from pretty little Cyclamen coum to the bright yellow of aconites. The twisty, winding paths lead you in search of snowdrops that have all kinds of names such as ‘Ding Dong’ and ‘Heffalump’.

More of these delicate, nodding flowers can be spotted along the Lime Avenue and 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, which carpet the banks either side of the path. The juxtaposition of the yellow-stemmed bamboo and tiny white snowdrops is unique to this National Trust garden. 

The snowdrop is one of the first bulbs to flower in the gardening calendar, but there is so much more to see at Kingston Lacy as winter moves into spring. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips fill the borders (in total over 50,000 bulbs emerge); the Camellia Walk is a mass of colourful blooms, there are catkins dancing in the trees and the annual blossom spectacle is beginning to show by March. 

There will be more than 40 different species of snowdrop on display this year for the avid galanthophile to spot. The gardens are open daily from 9.30am-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.