Spring gardens at Ham House

Spring borders at Ham House

The gardens at Ham House are full of spring delights; why not come along and discover our colourful displays of spring bulbs or get lost in the Wilderness.

A blooming display of bulbs in 2019

More than 500,000 spring bulbs were planted in autumn 2018, a sequence of early flowering crocus, tulips and muscari in the formal lawns referred to as the plats. Join us between February to April to see this display in full bloom (weather permitting).

Other highlights include a spring display in the vine border incorporating crocus, narcissi and over 2000 white tulips, new plantings of narcissi in our plats borders and right in front of the Orangery in the Kitchen Garden come and enjoy our display of spring flowers for cutting.

Spring meadows

Ham House Meadow, in front of the mansion gates, provides a walk among bluebells and primroses. Our Wilderness contains four wildflower hornbeam 'compartments', filled with meadow areas of native narcissi, snake's head fritillaries, primroses, cowslips and English bluebells.

Kitchen Garden sowing and harvesting

In our Kitchen Garden, we will be starting to sow seed, plant out and harvest. Earlier crops including salads, chard, asparagus and broad beans will be on the menu in our café and for sale, when available. The wisteria on the Orangery walls will start to bloom in late spring providing the perfect backdrop to a cream tea.

Garden history tours

There will be garden history tours daily from Sat 16 Feb with three tours at weekends, 11.30, 1.30 and 2.30 and two weekdays, 11.30 and 2.30. Join your volunteer guides on a free forty minute tour around Ham's garden, and discover more about its 17th century design and current planting.

Plants for sale

As well as our National Trust peat-free range of plants to buy from our shop, our garden volunteer team produce a selection of Ham-grown plants for sale available from spring. Take a little bit of the garden home with you…

South front at Ham House

Discover a 400 year old gem

Read this article to plan your visit to Ham House and Garden and find out what's on offer.