Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

A carpet of snowdrops at Kingston Lacy, Dorset (c) National Trust Images/ James Dobson

Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, Dorset is famous for its snowdrop display. The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles and is at its best throughout early 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.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset (c) National Trust Images/ James Dobson

Andrew Hunt, Head Gardener at Kingston Lacy observes; ‘There will be over 40 different varieties of snowdrop on display this year for any avid galanthophiles to spot. In total there will be over six million plants to inspect.’

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.

The gardens are open daily from 10am – 4pm.

For full details on the garden at Kingston Lacy head to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy.

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