Friday, 31 January 2020 16:55

When to see Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

© Thomas Faull © Thomas Faull

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.

Kingston Lacy is roughly a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth, towards Blandford Forum.

More of these diamond-white flowers can be spotted along the Lime Avenue and on to Lady’s Walk, where Henrietta Bankes, a passionate horticulturist, 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.

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA

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