See in Spring: Lose yourself in a sea of sensational bulbs
It might still be chilly outside, but we've spotted the welcome sight of the first delicate crocus flowers that herald the start of Ham House and Garden’s spring spectacular. Don't miss this changing display of ½ million bulbs making a splash in the historic walled garden.
Secluded and tranquil, the atmospheric 17th century walled garden on the banks of the Thames is the perfect place to see spring flowers in London.
Stunning swathes of early purple crocus will force their way out into the warmer air, soon to be surrounded by natural drifts of romantic pastel coloured white and red tulips and vivid blue muscari - a changing feast for the senses.
Colour and form evolves through spring
The spectacular bulb display was inspired by Ham House’s history: everything about this 17th century formal garden was designed to impress. Combining this with a modern sensibility, head gardener Rosie Fyles has transformed the mansion’s vast manicured lawns – each the size of centre court at Wimbledon – and filled them with bulbs and wildflowers to create a pageant of colour and scent throughout the warmer months.
Rosie Fyles said: ‘To the 17th century eye, kept lawns were a truly awe-inspiring sight, possible only through the dedication of an entire team of gardeners. We set out to create a garden area that inspires that same ‘wow’ from today’s garden lovers.'
Ham House has had a focus on natural gardening for over a decade and Rosie’s team also manages nearby Ham House and Petersham Meadows. All the new plants have been chosen with wildlife in mind as well as for their display.
‘We hope the new display gives people a relaxing place to enjoy nature and spend time together. The ideas we’ve used could easily work in any garden so we hope that visitors can get inspired by what they see too.’
More to explore for garden lovers and walkers
There’s plenty more to see in the historic 12 acre garden in spring, with extensive formal gardens, statuesque borders, a wilderness area and a productive kitchen garden dating back to the 1650’s, with vegetables and flowers sharing space.
Avid walkers can discover networks of footpaths with different views of the house and river, or close by there are small sheltered summerhouses in the secluded wilderness garden where you can pause to breathe in the sweet smell of spring.
Planning your visit
The Orangery Café is close to the bulb display with views over the kitchen garden. There you’ll find hot and cold light bites plus scrumptious bakes and cakes, with fruit and veg grown on site in Ham's Kitchen Garden used daily.
Ham House and Garden is easy to reach from central London: nearby Richmond Station is just 30 minutes by train or tube. From there, choose to take a relaxing Thameside walk here, past peaceful Petersham Meadows, or hail a taxi or bus for a ten minute ride.
We offer unlimited visits to members, so why not come and see the changing floral display as the succession of spring bulbs take shape? If you regularly dog walk in the Richmond area, remember your four-legged friends are more than welcome inside the garden and cafe too.