Winter in Ham House Garden

Winter is an ideal time to enjoy the structure and form in Ham House Garden, with sunny places to stop and sit, find shelter if needed and to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature around you.

On frosty mornings and quiet winter afternoons, enjoy the garden’s structure and form with views through and over hedges creating a new perspective. 

The cherry garden in winter at Ham House and Garden.
Cherry garden in front of the house in winter at Ham House and Garden
The cherry garden in winter at Ham House and Garden.

Winter in the Ham House garden

In winter, the historic structure of the garden is shown off. Frosty topiary shapes, designed views and different textures are revealed. Look out for a frieze inspired by the interior of the house, cut into a tall yew hedge. Nearer Christmas we will be running wreath making workshops using Ham-grown and foraged materials.

A winter morning mist in the wilderness at Ham House and Garden, Richmond
A winter morning mist in the wilderness at Ham House and Garden, Richmond
A winter morning mist in the wilderness at Ham House and Garden, Richmond

Only in winter

During winter is the only time that you see the full views through the woodland wilderness to the house, revealing unique perspective. Seek out the blooms of hundreds of Hellebores and notice the first snowdrops and winter aconites appearing while you walk. The Cherry Garden is photogenic at any time of year. In winter, frost makes it even more dramatic, highlighting its symmetry and making the topiary cones and uniform, domed lavenders sparkle. 

A sunny spot to relax in during winter in the Ham House garden.
A sunny spot to sit in the winter garden at Ham House
A sunny spot to relax in during winter in the Ham House garden.

Preparing for spring

The garden is full of activity with our team of staff and volunteer gardeners preparing for spring. From pruning to new plantings, the work in the garden continues unless it snows. The kitchen garden is poised for action and growth, defined planting rows are mulched and ready. In the sunnier, sheltered areas benches are placed throughout the garden to take in the changing views. 

A robin in the winter garden at Ham House and Garden.
Robin on a branch in the winter garden at Ham House
A robin in the winter garden at Ham House and Garden.