The garden at Ham House

The Cherry Garden at Ham House, Surrey, seen from an upper floor window

The 17th century gardens at Ham House have been restored to their former glory. With formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden, come and relax in an environment filled with plants from the time of the Duchess of Lauderdale.

Our restored kitchen garden

The kitchen garden has been at Ham since at least 1653 and is currently one of the most productive walled kitchen gardens in London. It provides our café with produce all year round, from purple-podded peas to salsify, skirret and scorzonera - we aim to be as true to the 17th century as we can.  Kitchen garden produce is also on display in our historic kitchen and flowers grown in our cut flower bed can be seen in the ground and first floors of the house.


The Wilderness was part of the original 17th century garden and was a place to think and read.  Explore all of the different compartments with their wild flowers and summer houses.  A perfect spot for a picnic!

South terrace border

Our south terrace border is planted in the 17th-century style, with a wide seasonal interest.  The garden at Ham, like the house, was a place to impress and rare examples from exotic lands were displayed.

Cherry garden

Amongst the domes of lavender and santolina is a statue of Bacchus, the god of wine.

Local children growing their own

We grow fruit and vegetables with pupils from the Russell School in Ham. You can see their part of our garden behind the Orangery Café.

Garden produce

Visit the below stairs rooms in the house where you can feel, touch and smell our garden produce. Each week, the gardeners provide us with seasonal herbs and vegetables, fresh from the kitchen garden.

Garden history tours

Enjoy a free thirty minute tour of our garden. Join one of our garden guides are they take you round the garden, and discover more about the 17th century design that our gardening team work with.  For times please ask at Visitor Reception.