Autumn at Ham House
In autumn, colour is vibrant with red and yellow flowering cannas in the formal borders. Vibrant reds, pinks and purples of dahlias and asters fill our cut flower borders and there's a spikey lime crunch of sweet chestnuts under foot.
The kitchen garden is bursting with colour and produce – from bright orange pumpkins to rainbow chard, and you can grab a bite to eat in the café cooked with seasonal produce. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, look out for produce and cut flowers on offer for donation from our ‘produce cart’ in the corner of the kitchen garden. As you wander, taste an edible flower petal or count the number of different vegetables grown.
Take a walk around the wilderness as the leaves change colour above your head, listen to bird calls and watch preparations for winter: both squirrels and gardeners! Try a seat in the summer house too.
The formal garden’s structure and form is beginning to take centre stage with domes, pyramids, cones and sharp hedge edges dusted with dew, frost and spiders’ webs. Find hedge windows for framed views and see sky through twisted hornbeam branches.