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Sunday 19 May 2024 12pm to 5.00pm

Come and explore the beauty behind the garden wall.


Ham Open Gardens

Once every two years, we have unique opportunity  to go ‘behind the garden wall’ of a selection of the most beautiful private gardens in Ham.

The event takes visitors on a fascinating journey through a variety of gardens which reflect the diversity of the area’s rich history, from the 17th century through to the present day. Among more than 20 gardens on display are traditional large gardens belonging to grand Georgian lodges (such as Ormeley Lodge and Sudbrook Lodge), highly innovative contemporary schemes and charming cottage gardens, as well as the Sanctuary Garden, which was exhibited at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

Open Garden

An exceptionally beautiful corner of greater London, Ham and Petersham won ‘Best Village in London’ in London in Bloom 2017 and a gold medal in London in Bloom 2018, as well as a silver gilt medal in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition in 2018.

This year’s Open Gardens event will include lots for all the family to enjoy. Guests will be treated to the sounds of the excellent Richmond Jazz Band, who will be situated at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall on Ham Common . In addition there will be a barbecue on nearby South Avenue run by the local Scout group from 12, and delicious homemade teas served from 1-4.30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church near the pond on Ham Common.

The event is a ‘must’ not only for keen horticulturalists, but for anyone who simply enjoys beautiful gardens. All of the gardens are 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 six minutes). Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the day (free for under 16s) and can be bought in advance from or on the day from a stall on Ham Common.

Ham Open Gardens is made possible by the support of young people from Grey Court School and Marymount School, as well as local volunteers and our sponsors. Proceeds from the event will go to Home-Start (a national charity supporting local young families) and the Ham and Petersham Association and Amenities Group.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the day (free for under 16s) and can be purchased on line or on Ham Common, and homemade teas will be served from 1-4.30 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church and a BBQ at Ham Scouts. Please note that Eventbrite will add a commission of £1.55 to these ticket prices.