About the garden
Reimagined by horticulturalist Graham Thomas in the 1970s and continuing to evolve today, the Thames-side 17th century garden at Ham House comprises of formal gardens including the Cherry Garden parterre and long borders, a woodland wilderness complete with summer houses and a large, productive walled Kitchen Garden.
In spring, see a stunning bulb display of half a million sequentially flowering bulbs including crocus and muscari, formal border daffodils and tulips, and an enlarged kitchen garden complete with apple orchard, historic crops and 17th century planting styles. Through summer, wildflower meadows, roses and woodland planting come into bloom.
Autumn is spent harvesting the vegetable and fruit bounty – come and try our seasonal dishes in the Orangery Café or find freshly harvested kitchen garden produce available at the shop on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In winter, visitors come to see a large collection of frosted topiary and clipped hedges, with further symmetry of more than 1,200 domed lavender plants.
Plants of special interest include cannas, lavender, artichokes and cardoons, bluebells, cistus, historical medicinal herbs, cut flowers, daffodils, 17th century vegetables and edible flowers.