Exploring the beauty behind the garden wall.

Once every two years, Ham’s most exquisite private gardens open their gates to the public for an afternoon. The 2017 Ham Open Gardens event, took place on Sunday 21 May from 1pm to 5pm, and was a wonderful opportunity to explore these hidden treasures, which reflect the diversity of the area’s rich history from the 17th century through to the present day.

Organised by the Ham and Petersham Association, this bi-annual event is a ‘must’ for keen horticulturalists, or for anyone who simply enjoys beautiful gardens. This year, over 15 gardens will be on display, including a number which have not previously been opened. From the garden of one of Ham House’s Gatehouses dating back to Tudor times, to those of grand Georgian lodges and Victorian cottages, each garden has a fascinating story to tell.

In addition to private gardens, visitors will also get the opportunity to visit community based gardens such as Ham Library’s Bird and Butterfly Garden and Grey Court School’s innovative Community Allotment. Download the list of gardens from the link at the bottom of this page.

The gardens are all within short walking distance of Ham Common, which is easily accessible by public transport (the No 65 bus runs from both Richmond and Kingston to Ham Common every ten minutes).

Tickets were £10 each or two for £15 (free for under 16s) and could be purchased on Ham Common, and homemade teas will be served from 2-4.30 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church: