Spring gardens at Ham House

Daffodils blooming in spring

The Ham House gardens are full of spring delights; why not come along and discover our colourful displays of tulips or get lost in the Wilderness. Soak up the sunshine on our plats or breathe in the fresh scent of wisteria in our Kitchen Garden.

A riot of bulbs for 2017

16000 new spring bulbs were planted in autumn 2016, with highlights including; a new February to May display in the Vine border incorporating crocus, narcissi and over 2000 white tulips, a new planting of scented jonquille narcissi in our plats borders and right in front of the Orangery in the Kitchen Garden, our living exhibition, ‘Four Centuries of Tulips’ will be in full bloom towards the end of April.

Spring meadows

Ham House Meadow, in front of the mansion gates, provides a walk among bluebells and primroses. Our wilderness area in the garden houses our wildflower hornbeam 'compartments', filled with meadow areas of native narcissi, snake's head fritillaries, primroses, cowslips and English bluebells. At Petersham Meadows, just along the river towards Richmond, we will welcome a new herd of 18 Belted Galloways cows to graze.

Sowing and harvesting

In our Kitchen Garden, we will be starting to sow seed, plant out and harvest earlier crops including salads, chard and broad beans that will supply organic produce to our café. 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, please ask at Visitor Reception for times. Join your guide on a free thirty minute tour around Ham's garden, and discover more about its 17th century design.

View of the rear of Ham House from the south terrace

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.