Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display. The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles. Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February.
Nestled between the sleeping tree ferns in the Victorian fernery sprout the bright white droplets, carpeting the beds around the twisty paths. With fun names like ‘Ding Dong’ and ‘Heffalump’ the fernery is home to over 35 different varieties. You’ll spot more if you continue further down the iconic 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.
Andrew Hunt, Head Gardener at Kingston Lacy observes: ‘Snowdrop fans are known as galanthophiles, and every year can be seen crawling around on hands and knees looking up the skirts of the snowdrops with tick sheets! There will be over six million to inspect this year throughout February’.
The garden team at Kingston Lacy 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.
There will be over 40 different varieties of snowdrop on display this year for the avid galanthophiles to spot. Anyone can enjoy the spectacle and even spend the rest of the day exploring Kingston Lacy’s wider estate. There is currently an exhibition in the house till 28 February detailing maps of the wider Kingston Lacy estate.
The gardens are open daily from 10am – 4pm. When you come to take a breather you help us breathe new life into the garden.
For full details on the garden at Kingston Lacy head to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy